Black Panther , Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania gets release dates in China

China has lifted its ban on Marvel movies. The latest installments of the MCU – Black Panther and Ant-Man and the Wasp:Quantumania have gotten release dates in the country. Black Panther 2, which released across the rest of the world in November, will unfurl in China on Feb. 7, followed by Ant-Man 3 on Feb. 17, day-and-date with the global release.

Marvel shared the news Tuesday over its official Chinese social media accounts. The two titles will be the very first movies of Marvel’s Phase 4 to screen in China, as the last approved theatrical releases from the studio were Spider-Man: Far From Home and Avengers: Endgame in 2019.

China has been generally been a gold mine for Marvel Studios. Ant-Man and the Wasp earned over $121.2 million in China in 2018, and the first Black Panther grossed $105 million that same year.

The Marvel titles that were blocked from release in China in past months includes Black Widow, Spider-Man: No Way Home, The Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder. No official explanatation was given from the Chinese authorities for the ban.

This will come as welcome news for Marvel as in the post pandemic era it has struggled to reach the extremely high success that was seen by the Infinity Saga movies. Will it be able to replicate the same success now that the ban has been lifted ? Given the current COVID conditions in China, it is really hard to see it reaching that levels. For now it is a win for the company as China has been a significant contributor to the box office numbers in the past.

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