Marvel fans ask for advance publication of the British release date of Marvel Studios Ant-Man and the Wasp which begins there on August 3 – almost a month after the Ant-Man sequel Independent Debut
Adam Khan's petition has garnered more than 1,300 signatures from 1,500 goals since launching four weeks ago.
"How can we go for a month without spoilers?" read. "You can watch the World Cup and watch a movie."
The World Cup is fingered as the culprit for the delay, and the big sporting event culminates in its live final on 15 July.
"The concern for film distributors is that the audience is being overtaken in the tournament," said Charles Gant, film journalist and cashier for Guardian and Screen International opposite Yahoo .
"So it's easier to play it safe and not to date, especially during the group stage, when all qualifying nations compete against each other."
Britain's release date is the third to last opening of the film, just before its opening on August 1
The British debut of Ant-Man and the Wasp distances itself also from Disney's other major summer releases, Pixars ] Incredibles 2 which opens June 15 in the US and in July 13 in the UK – a release date coinciding with the start of school holidays in the UK.
The Disney Pixar blockbuster then has three weeks to breathe in the UK before Ant-Man gears up, which is likely to be a big box office.
Shift Up The British release date of Ant-Man to align it with its US counterpart would mean that Disney can exploit its own box office in the UK as Ant-Man and the Wasp and would then open Incredibles 2 with only a week separating the two instead of the wide berth it has now.
This later date also means Ant-Man leaves Universal Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom debuting there on June 6, two weeks before his US debut on June 22. Its predecessor, the 2015er Jurassic World reached the third strongest movie of all time and remains the fifth highest film of all times worldwide.
At the beginning of the year, Disney relocated the publication of the Crossover Epic Avengers: Infinity War continued one week after the release date on May 4 for a largely simultaneous worldwide bow on April 27.
This move helped curb the film's many big spoilers and saw the blockbuster country as the biggest global opening of the whole time.