Back in 2020, studios were pushing back release dates of huge franchise films to summer of 2021. The concept was, once vaccines were released, people would do the right thing. Unfortunately, people still want their freedom from government “controlled” vaccines that are safer than cow de-wormers. With the rise of the Delta variant, some studios are thinking this will be a rough fall and winter. As a result, Paramount delays Top Gun: Maverick and Mission: Impossible 7 until 2022.
As less people are moving to get the vaccine to give us real herd immunity, studios want these movies to drive people back. Originally, Top Gun: Maverick was slated to open this Thanksgiving weekend. Now, Paramount delays it until Memorial Day weekend of 2022.
Mission: Impossible 7, which had that Memorial Day weekend slot, now moves to September 30, 2022.
Many studios held the belief that people would get vaccinated, and things would be back to normal. However, realizing how radicalized many far right-wing people are, the Delta variant is swarming out of control. Primarily, as many conservative states are banning mask mandates, the variant is running further and further out of control.
As many people were excited for the return of films, 2021 is a transition year. As Paramount delays Top Gun: Maverick, rumors are swirling that Venom: Let There Be Carnage may move. No Time to Die could see another schedule change, even Spider-Man: No Way Home.
It is a forgone conclusion that this will be the last schedule change. The more people resist taking the vaccine or mask up, it is going to be another long, dark winter for people. While we won’t see another shutdown, we will see restrictions in the cold months. We will only have certain people to blame for it. Those are the ones currently taking up hospital beds in the ICU right now.