– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Oh the movies, they are a-shiftin’. Late last month, Marvel Studios rocked the early summer release boat a bit when they pushed up Avengers: Infinity War from its early May release to a late April release. While the actual motivation wasn’t stated, I imagine it had to do with distancing it from Solo: A Star Wars Story, as well as wanting to premiere it on the same day worldwide.

As expected, it seems like this move has had ramifications against other films — namely Rampage. Originally, the film was set to premiere on April 20, but with Infinity War now only one week away from that date, it looks like the studio was smart to push it forward one extra week. But was Infinity War truly responsible for the change?

Dwayne Johnson took to Twitter to address the ordeal, saying:

“Alert 🚨: THE RAMPAGE is officially unleashed around world APRIL 13th. Of course it had nothing to do with Tony Stark and his Avenger gang moving their release date up a week 😉 These movie release dates are always a chess game, and in the end I want EVERYONE playing to win. And now that we’ve moved to April 13th, it pretty much guarantees that I’ll be home for the birth of my baby daughter – so thank you Mr. Stark. We all win. And if you Avengers ever wanna have a lil’ fun and Rumble… you know where to find me. APRIL 13th – THE RAMPAGE BEGINS WORLDWIDE. 🐊🦍🐺”

Okay, so if we’re to put all our trust in that damn winky-faced emoji, it certainly sounds like Rampage‘s move had everything to do with Stark and his Avenger gang. Though, as the Rock said, these shifting dates are one big chess game, and when all said and done, it’s better for each studio to have a solid spread between each film so that everyone can win.

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SOURCE: Dwayne Johnson

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. 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.