Marvel’s decision to release Captain America 3 on the same date as Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman has taken the internet by storm. The mightiest superheroes of both universes will confront each other in the box office arena on May 6, 2016.
The head-to-head battle of the two films, which Time calls the “fight of the century”, will feature a spectacular face-off between Marvel and DC, Disney and Warner Brothers, and most importantly, Captain America and the superhero trinity including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.
According to some analysts, it demonstrates Marvel’s confidence in the Captain America franchise, particularly after the record-breaking success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which opened last Friday.
It all started when Marvel slated an unnamed film for release on May 6, 2016, only for DC to move back the release date of the Man of Steel sequel to the same day.
Now that the name of the film has finally been revealed, it is being widely speculated that one out of the two will retract its decision and change the release date.
While assessing the situation, Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst for Rentrak was quoted in a Daily News report as saying, "There’s never been a weekend where two movies open with $100 million. If you are gunning for some kind of record, it’s going to be tough with that level of competition on the same date. It’s a classic head to head matchup, you don’t see that very often considering all the strategic planning that takes place in Hollywood.”
However, the ultimate winners of the battle will be the fans. Who wouldn’t want a double-feature of Captain America and DC heroes on the same day, right?