“Ant-Man” & “Panther” Sequels Set China Release


Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania” have both secured release dates in China, marking the end of an over three-year blackout of Marvel products in the Middle Kingdom.

The announcement, which has reportedly been in the works for some time, marks a major turn of events and could signal a shift in China’s stance on the mega-brand, which has apparently been an unofficial ban since “Avengers: Endgame” and “Spider.” “Man: Far From Home” in mid-2019.

Marvel posted the news to its Weibo account, indicating the world’s second-largest box office market will be getting “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” on February 7th, followed by “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania” day-and-date with the US on February 17th.

China’s box office was down an estimated 36% last year, dropping to $4.35 billion. Only a small handful of Hollywood films had access to that market, with “Avatar: The Way of Water” in December being the first Hollywood film to gain entry in months.

That film had a slow start as China was getting over an outbreak. Since then, it has picked up speed and has now grossed $220 million in the country so far.

The talk comes as actress Danai Gurira appeared on The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert and has hinted that her character of Okoye from “Black Panther” may get a spin-off as when she was asked she said: “I have been told… that I can gently allude to this possibility… So I am gently alluding.” Colbert replied: “You gently alluding is the Marvel version of a full monty. I can’t believe I got anything out of you!

Check out a new promo for “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” below.

Source: Deadline

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