The Upcoming Marvel and ‘Star Wars’ Movies Will Be Released in IMAX Under New Partnership
It's not much of surprise these days when a major movie announces it is going to be released in IMAX. But, Disney has taken things to the next level with a new three-year partnership with IMAX that will see all the upcoming Marvel and Star Wars films, plus a number of live-action tentpoles and select animated films released in IMAX theaters.
In addition to Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1 and Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18 (part of which was shot with IMAX cameras), this new deal will cover Star Wars: Rogue One, Star Wars: Episode 8, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Finding Dory, Toy Story 4, Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, The Jungle Book and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. WHEW.
Alan Bergman, President, The Walt Disney Studios said in a statement:
As we look forward to an extraordinary collection of films in the years ahead, The Walt Disney Studios is thrilled to expand our long-term relationship with IMAX to bring the best from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm to some of the most advanced theaters worldwide.
According to IMAX, each of these films will be “digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology.”
Unfortunately none of these films look to actually shoot with IMAX cameras. Though J.J. Abrams used the 70mm format to shoot one Millennium Falcon chase scene in The Force Awakens, neither Rian Johnson's sequel, nor Rogue One are expected to shoot in the format.
Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in IMAX theaters on May 1.