“Avengers: Infinity War” has secured a May release date in China.
The third in the “Avengers” series will open May 11, two weeks after its April 27 debut in North America and the bulk of its international rollout. The North American release had previously been set for May 4, but was recently moved up a week. The release in China falls after the country’s important May Day public holiday.
Talent from the film is expected to visit China from April 19 and conduct press meetings at the Shanghai Disney Resort.
Films imported into China are subject to an annual quota, and must be submitted for censorship approval. Regulators set release dates for foreign titles, and revenue-sharing films are released by state-owned distribution companies.
Anthony and Joe Russo returned to direct “Avengers: Infinity War,” which also sees stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Tom Holland, and Mark Ruffalo reprising their roles. In this latest installment, the Avengers will also team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy, lead by Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord.
The Russo brothers directed “Captain America: Winter Soldier” and “Captain America: Civil War,” which became 2016’s top worldwide grosser with $1.16 billion. Joss Whedon directed 2012’s “The Avengers” and 2015’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”