While Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige has only said that Marvel Studios has no plans to move from May 6, 2016, despite Warner Bros. co-opting that coveted date in January for Man of Steel 2 , The Hollywood Reporter says the movie Marvel will put head-to-head (for now) with DC’s tentpole is Captain America 3.
The other possibilities, of course, would be Thor 3, also announced as in development, or the somewhat likely Phase 3 candidates, Doctor Strange or Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Given those options, even without THR’s unnamed sources, Captain America 3 is the most likely candidate, especially given the almost universally positive early buzz for the April 4, 2014 debuting Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Meanwhile, Brazilian website Judao says a Warner Bros representative for the country gave them a release date in their country of April 28, 2016 for the Man of Steel sequel, a week earlier than the currently officially planned date. Of course, release dates often vary between countries, so take it with a grain of salt. It also, strategically, wouldn’t make sense to simply move a week up - then you’re all-but-guaranteeing a massive week two drop-off, something Warner Bros clearly isn’t looking for from a movie meant to launch their entire DC Cinematic Universe in earnest.
Of course (conspiracy theory alert), by leaking a date better than two years in the future now, the very savvy marketers of Marvel Studios will get lots of free media that at once demonstrates extreme confidence in the property in the midst of the Winter Soldier promo push and gets people talking about the Captain America franchise in the same breath as a teaming of two of pop culture’s biggest icons.
Anything can change in two years and Newsarama remains dubious any major Marvel and DC/Warner Bros. films will ever actually be released head-to-head.