Disney Delays Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ to 2021

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In a predictable fashion, Disney is delaying Black Widow to 2021 as the company continues to navigate the current theatrical landscape during the COVID-19 pandemic. This marks the first time since 2009 that a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie hasn’t been released in a calendar year.

“Black Widow” was rescheduled in March because of coronavirus. It was originally meant to be released at the start of the summer movie season on May 1.
Like with other Marvel delays, Black Widow’s new date pushes Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings back from its May 7th, 2021 release date to July 9th, 2021. The Eternals, which was supposed to follow Black Widow is moving from February 12th, 2021 to November 5th, 2021. A number of other Disney films, including West Side Story and The King’s Man, were also moved around as part of the shuffle.
“Black Widow” being delayed again is a tough pill to swallow for movie theaters. The film is one of the most anticipated of the year and comes from the Marvel franchise, which is one of the most reliable blockbuster brands in Hollywood.
Theaters, which reopened over the summer after being closed for months, are in desperate need of hit movies — or really any new movies for that matter.
The box office has been anemic with films like “Tenet,” “The New Mutants” and “Unhinged” being the only notable new films playing in theaters. Their rough starts have signaled a bleak fall for the industry.
Now, without “Black Widow” it’s a long time until “No Time to Die,” the next big film on the docket, which doesn’t hit theaters until November 20.

 

 

 

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