This is just a mess. Apparently rumor has it that the untitled Marvel film slotted for May 6, 2016 is Captain America 3, and Marvel has no plans whatsoever to move it. Obviously one will move, but who, and how far away?
Personally, I think it’s idiotic that Marvel (mainly Kevin Feige) thinks his sequel to a modestly popular hero can match up against Batman and Superman. Yeah, Captain America is a lot more popular now than he was a few years ago, and he’ll be even more popular after The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but seriously? Batman Vs. Superman will be an event, similar to what The Avengers was.
Granted, Man of Steel did have it’s share of haters, but at this point, you know BvS will deliever with it’s action and special effects. Oh, and the team-up of two of the biggest superhero characters ever. Just saying. Sadly, there are already rumors that BvS might move back a week to April 29, to avoid competition. But, if you live outside the U.S., you would know that Marvel usually releases their films a week ahead the U.S. release date. So, internationally, it’d still be facing Captain America 3 head-on.
If Captain America: The Winter Solider does well in it’s April slot this year, I don’t know why I’d be bad to move Cap 3 to the same date in 2016. That way, I’d be out of BvS’ way, and they’ll have a head start on them as well. However, not only is Marvel is being cocky, but they as a combined company (wether it’s Sony, Fox, or Disney) have released one of their movies on the first week of May every year since Spider-Man back in 2002. That might be one of the reasons why Feige and Marvel aren’t budging.
If Batman Vs. Superman does flinch and move to April, it’d only hurt it’s prospects. April is not usually a blockbuster month, at least not for the numbers BvS aim to hit. If they really want to move it (which would be embarrassing for a movie of this scale), they should move it somewhere in June or July. Your move, Warner Bros.
As of right now, both Captain America 3 and Batman Vs. Superman will open May 6th, 2016.