Apparently tired of letting 20th Century Fox cause all of the release date musical chairs chaos, Walt Disney rearranged the entire summer schedule (and royally screwed up my predictions for the biggest grossers of each month) by shifting the global release, now including North America, of Avengers: Infinity War to April 27 instead of May 4. We’ve already seen Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty move to April 20. I am expecting Dwayne Johnson’s Rampage, currently set by Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc. for April 20, to move somewhere farther away from Infinity War. But shifting the summer kick-off giant to late April also turns the month of May into a mano-a-mano competition between Deadpool 2 (May 18) and Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25).
This all started when Fox moved their untitled Deadpool sequel (which I’m hoping actually ends up being titled Untitled Deadpool Sequel) from June 3 to May 18. At the time, it was considered a potential “blood in the water” move against the troubled Star Wars Story. In retrospect, it may be an interesting battle between two big flicks that have some surface-level similarities. Both are spin-offs featuring fan-favorite characters from a huge and expansive fantasy universe. Both feature lovable rogues who, to varying degrees, are more anti-heroes than conventional heroes. And both are, to varying degrees, having to balance selling themselves as something different from the norm and something comforting to fans of their respective genre or franchise.