"Batman vs. Superman" and one of Marvel's Phase 3 films (that hasn't been revealed yet) are headed for a collision in 2016, as they are both scheduled to be released in the first weekend of May, a release date well known for Marvel's summer blockbusters, such as The Avengers and the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said, at a press day for Captain America: The Winter Soldier:
We're certainly keeping the date and we'll announce what that movie is, I assume, in the next few months.
While DC landed on this date due to pushing the production of "Batman vs. Superman" back by ten months, Marvel reportedly claimed the release date back in 2013 and obviously has no intention of backing down from it.
Usually, in this inevitable war, one side will submit and choose a more welcome release date, but, at this point, it seems that this "measuring contest" won't come to an end any time soon. As some of you may recall, this same battle occurred last summer when Fast & Furious 6 and The Hangover Pt. III were both released on that weekend, and their box office performances suffered from it, with the latter grossing half of what its' predecessor made in its' opening weekend.
It's obvious that this is bad for both films, as it will force all superhero and action fans to basically have to choose between seeing one or the other, rather than being the juggernaut of their respective opening weekends. Even with Marvel's film being unannounced as to what it is, their company alone will demand a huge outcome as to the budgets they spend and the heroes they command. Personally, I suspect that this unnamed project is going to be the feature film adaptation of the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange.
Doctor Stephen Strange was a brilliant, albeit egotistical, neurosurgeon, until a car accident shattered his hands and ended his respectable career. Searching desperately for a cure, Strange comes upon a possible answer in the Himalayas, where he finds the Ancient One. The Ancient One had no interest in helping Strange because of his selfishness, until Strange saves him from an assassination attempt. After that, Strange learns the mystic arts (magic), and eventually becomes the greatest sorcerer in the world.
Longtime Marvel fans, myself included, have been waiting for a long time for them to bring the Sorcerer Supreme to the big screen, but will my love for Batman deter me from seeing it? When you live on minimum wage, it's hard to see all the movies you want to...
What do you think Marvel's movie is going to be? And which do you think you'll want to see more? The epic clash between the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight, or Marvel's unnamed Phase 3 superhero? Comment your thoughts.
UPDATE: Rumors have now surfaced that this "unnamed Marvel film" is the third installment in the Captain America series. That being said, if I had to pick one or the other, I would much rather see Batman and Superman.