Uncharted’s new release date might have a huge impact on when Spider-Man 3 is shot and ultimately released to the public.
Recently, it was revealed that Sony Pictures had officially pushed the release date of Tom Holland’s Uncharted move from March 5th, 2021 to October 8th, 2021 (originally meant for an untitled Spider-Man spinoff). The date shift in the wake of Tom revealing on Instagram (via DigitalSpy) the German production had been halted on the first day (Germany currently is dealing with a large volume of COVID-19 cases themselves). HN Entertainment had previously confirmed that Uncharted was going to be shooting at Studio Babelsberg in Potsdam, just outside Berlin.
The new October date would likely signal Sony Pictures “hopes” to get cameras rolling again in the fall on Uncharted. While I’m sure fans would like to believe that Tom Holland can be in two places at once and film two movies at once, he can’t. This potential fall/winter shoot for Uncharted would most certainly bump Spider-Man 3’s production into 2021 and essentially erase any chance the film is coming out on July 16th, 2021. Instead, moving the third Spider-Man movie to a release date in 2022.
The British Film Institute seemingly lumped Spider-Man 3 alongside The Little Mermaid (Pinewood Studios UK) and The Batman (Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden and Scotland) as productions being on pause, given those other two are UK productions that likely meant that the Spidey sequel was possibly planning on a primary shoot in England as both Spider-Man: Far From Home and Venom 2 have used Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden as their main stage locations.
Sony Pictures has yet to make an official statement concerning Spider-Man 3 delays but will likely have to make one eventually.
Marvel Studios also will have to talk about the fate of Shang-Chi’s shoot in Australia (has been on hiatus this month) along with if they’ll be able to begin filming on Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness, Spider-Man 3 (Sony seemingly making that choice for them), and Thor: Love & Thunder on time, which increasing looks like they won’t as certain pre-production prep can’t be completed at home remotely in home offices like building massive sets on sound stages and building high-volume props.
We’ll have to wait until Sony makes some official comments about Spider-Man 3, but I wouldn’t hold your breath about getting that movie released until sometime in 2022 as Sony seems to believe that Uncharted is the priority. The whole production situation for the rest of the year seems to be completely in flux due to the pandemic.