Normally we here in the UK get our Marvel movies a bit earlier than the US, which has been the case since the release of Iron Man 2. 2018 is looking to be an exception to that, since Disney has announced that Ant-Man and the Wasp won't be arriving in the UK until nearly a month after its US debut. Why? Because of the stupid World Cup.
As many people will already know the 2018 Russia World Cup is set to take place between 14th June and 15th July. As usual the country is expected to go crazy over the prospect of England maybe, just maybe, having anything other than a zero per cent chance of winning. Then being disappointed when the joke we call a national football team cocks something up and fails out of the tournament with zero grace.
Because of this there's going to be an entertainment drought, with Ant-Man and the Wasp, The Incredibles 2, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom having their cinema releases delayed. The Ant-Man sequel is due to arrive in the US on July 6th, but because Disney and Marvel don't want to compete with the World Cup it won't be arriving here until 3rd August. Similarly The Incredibles 2 was expected mid-June, and is now going to arrive in the UK mid-July. Because Disney doesn't want two of its own films competing Ant-Man and the Wasp is getting the short end of the stick.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was due to arrive in June as well, but will now be arriving on an undisclosed date later on - though the outrage is dependent on how many people actually care.
While England has an unhealthy obsession with football, the fact that the World Cup is on doesn't mean the entire country grinds to a halt for a month. People still have lives to live, and there's plenty of time for them to take a few hours between games to do something fun. Something like, I don't know, watch a film.
Screenrant also notes that it would be a good marketing opportunity, or at least it will for the games being broadcast on ITV. Ant-Man was a bit of a weak-link in the MCU roster, despite how good the final film was, so the extra buzz could easily have worked in its favour. As for The Incredibles, well people have been waiting for that for years and now we're being forced to wait even longer like this is the mid-'90s.
But nope, not happening. Now the only entertainment people are likely to get during the World Cup weeks is watching English and Russian football fans beat the hell out of each other. Though, frankly, that doesn't seem too appealing. Thanks a lot, Disney, you just made one of the most unbearable events even more unbearable. [Screenrant]