Yesterday, we reported that the production of the newest installment in the Spider-Man franchise is delayed and likely will not be ready for its planned May 6, 2011 release date. According to Box Office Mojo, Thor and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides have adjusted their release dates to take advantage of such valuable box office real estate. Thor has vacated its announced release date (May 20, 2011) and will now hit theaters on May 6, 2011, keeping the date in the Marvel Comics (if not the Sony Pictures) family. The most recent buzz on Thor has been good, and this new release date sets it up to be the first big hit of summer 2011. Meanwhile, Pirates 4 seized Thor‘s old spot, and will now be released on May 20, 2011.
It was initially reported that Spider-Man 4 would continue to target a summer 2011 release, but further information suggests that the release date will be pushed back “several months” to make sure the script is good. Whether or not Spider-Man 4 will eventually be released later that summer will be worked out soon enough, but with both Thor and Pirates 4, May 2011 has the potential to be a fantastic month for blockbuster entertainment.