Back in July, Sony announced that the Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel (Spider-Man 3) had moved from a November 5, 2021 release date to December 17, 2021 due to delays from the coronavirus pandemic. Production was originally scheduled to begin over the summer in Atlanta, Georgia, but that was delayed also.
Now, there is a new report from The Direct, that states production on the new Spidey film will begin in Winter next year. You can read an excerpt from that article below:
“Filming dates have faced similar sequences of delays, with the third outing in the Homecoming franchise first being slated to begin production in the Summer of 2020. The production schedule was then rumored to have been delayed to Fall 2020, and then word of another delay came from Tom Holland himself, as the actor let slip in an interview that Spider-Man 3 was supposed to be finished filming by February 2021.
The Direct has exclusively learned that Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are planning to begin production for Spider-Man 3 in Winter 2021.”
If filming begins in either January or February 2021 and is completed sometime by the Summer of 2021, then it brings into question if the film will be able to hit its target release date for later that same year, which is unlikely. A release date pushed into 2022 would also bring another dramatic theatrical reshuffle with a new set of dates for Phase Four of the MCU.
Adding to film release woes, Sony executive Tony Vinciquerra recently stated Sony will not release big movies like Venom 2 or Spider-Man 3 in theaters until after the pandemic is over. You can read his quote below:
“What we won’t do is make the mistake of putting a very, very expensive $200 million movie out in the market unless we’re sure that theaters are open and operating at significant capacity.”
He went on to say:
“You’ll see a lot of strange things happen over the next six months in how films are released, how they’re scheduled, how they’re marketed, but once we get back to normal, we will have learned a lot I think and found ways to do things that are somewhat different and hopefully better.”
Hopefully, the world will be in a much better state by the time Spider-Man 3 hits theaters and the film won’t be affected. For now, having a confirmed start time for filming means we’re swinging in the right direction.
Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home screenwriters Erik Sommars and Chris McKenna are returning to write the third film, with Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal producing. The majority of the cast is expected to return including Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, Tony Revelori, Angourie Rice, Martin Starr, and J.B. Smoove. It is unknown, if Jake Gyllenhaal will return as Quentin Beck aka Mysterio.