Not One, But TWO Marvel Movies Were Originally Supposed To Hit Theaters Today

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Two Marvel movies should have hit today. Read on to find out which ones. 

If you need evidence that we’re living in the worst timeline, you need look no further than the pandemic. If you still want to look deeper, then you can take a look at all the polarizing political landscape. Dig several layers deeper, and you can look at something as shallow as the Marvel Cinematic Universe release schedule. I’m sure you all know that the Marvel Studios slate is ever-malleable, and it’s changed substantially over the past couple of years.

But how much has it changed? Let’s take a gander at the two Marvel movies that were supposed to hit today.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

First up, a couple of years back, the film set to hit today was Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. I know, right? Can you believe that? Before the scandal that broke a couple of San Diego Comic-Cons ago, James Gunn’s final entry in the trilogy was slated to hit. Of course, he’s still putting out a movie, but it wasn’t set to shoot until this year. Now that this year is likely shot thanks to the pandemic, who knows when they’ll get to it. As it stands, it may not even hit until 2023 — a whopping three years later. And that’s all because Disney acted just a little too quickly.

As far as the story goes, we don’t have a lot of details. We know that Rocket will play a significant role and that there will be a major death. We also can assume that some of the story will have to do with Gamora re-assimilating into the Guardians of the Galaxy team. Following the end of Avengers: Endgame, we were left with a Gamora that had yet to bond with the Guardians, and she ran off on her own. The film also ended with Thor joining the group on their trip off Earth.

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Interestingly, this means Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 would have previously hit before Thor: Love and Thunder. Does this mean that Thor was supposed to actually be involved in this movie? Just how many changes were made to reflect that the movie will now likely take place later in the MCU timeline? We may never know. What we do know is that some members of the Guardians may now show up in Thor: Love and Thunder, which is set to hit theaters in 2022.

But Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 wasn’t the only film set to hit us today. We also have…

Black Widow

Yes, the long-awaited Black Widow standalone film was finally set to hit. Fans have been asking for this movie ever since she co-starred alongside Cap in The Winter Soldier. Yes, she’d had prominent roles in two other movies before that, but this was the first movie where we actually got to know her. I know, speaking for myself, that it was the first time I actually found myself caring about Natasha Romanoff in the MCU. 

And yet, it took Marvel Studios years to get this film made. They had to shake off the shackles of Ike Perlmutter, a reportedly old-school-in-style exec who used to reign over Marvel Studios, in order to make it happen. So long it’s taken that Black Widow had to die in order to get her own movie. 

But bygones are bygones and Kevin Feige pushed to get this movie made. And today, on May 1, it was supposed to hit North American theaters. Of course, the culprit responsible for this shift is the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s now settled into a November 6, 2020 release date. Fingers crossed that that date sticks.

This adventure takes place between the events in Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. It sees her touch base with her old Russian family and taking on Taskmaster. Very soon we’ll know whether or not Marvel Studios can make a prequel movie like this actually worth watching. Given Natasha’s current residence six feet under, how can they possibly make this story emotional and relevant? I’m eager to see what they came up with.

Which of these two Marvel movies were you most excited for? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and contributor at LRM Online. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.

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