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– by Nick Doll

Yesterday, the world came to a standstill when Marvel Studios announced tht they would be moving up the US release date of Avengers: Infinity War from May 4, 2018 to April 27, 2018.

The whole thing was announced via a delightful, but staged, back and forth between Robert Downey Jr. and Marvel Studios on Twitter. And now we know the official reason for the shocking move, thanks to directors Anthony and Joe Russo:

That’s right, it’s all so we can see the film at the same time, as past Marvel Studio releases, as well as releases across many studios, drop at different times in different countries and regions. Sometimes, the US gets the initial release for a film, but this hasn’t been the case with many Marvel films that open overseas first.

While I am delighted to have one less week to wait for Infinity War — it’s like we all just traveled in time forward a week — it still feels like the real reason for this move is to give the movie more space before Deadpool 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story are released.

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It was always a silly idea to have Disney’s biggest movie of the year come out three weeks before Solo. And now that Black Panther has proven a film can have legs beyond what anyone expected, Marvel likely wants Infinity War to have as much theater space as possible for as long as possible. After all, this movie has T’Challa in it too, the world’s new favorite Avenger.

Do you think Joe and Anthony Russo’s explanation is all there is to it, or do you think release dates were shuffled to increase ticket sales? Let us know in the comment section below!

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SOURCE: Russo Brothers on Facebook