Marvel has delayed Black Widow starring Scarlett Johansson amid the coronavirus outbreak. The movie, directed by Cate Shortland was scheduled to release on May 1 and has been pushed back without any release date.
Along with Black Widow, Marvel has also postponed Amy Adams-starrer The Woman in the Window under 20th Century’s banner and The Personal History of David Copperfield, which features Dev Patel, under Searchlight Pictures. The movies were supposed to come to theatres on April 15 and May 8 respectively. However, it is not clear when the films will be releasing, given the current scenario.
Black Widow was supposed to kick off the fourth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In addition to this, it was supposed to be the next major film in the franchise following Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home. It isn’t a standalone film and is part of an expansive, interconnected collection of films that act as puzzle pieces in a much bigger, overarching story.
Black Widow may be taking a step back in time since it takes place between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. However, that doesn’t mean that it won’t contain things that are important to other Marvel films.
Moving Black Widow could have a cascading effect on the rest of the MCU films.
Marvel’s current release schedule of films and TV shows on Disney+ includes:
|Black Widow||May 1, 2020 (postponed)|
|The Falcon and the Winter Soldier||August 2020 (Disney+)|
|The Eternals||November 6, 2020|
|WandaVision||December 2020 (Disney+)|
|Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings||February 12, 2021|
|Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness||May 7, 2021|
|Thor: Love and Thunder||November 5, 2021|
Apart from these, there are movies that are yet to be put on a schedule – Black Panther 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 3, Captain Marvel 2, Fantastic 4, Blade, Spider-Man 3, She-Hulk, Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel and Hawkeye.
These are not the only movies that have been postponed following the coronavirus pandemic.
Disney had pulled New Mutants, Mulan and Antlers last week. Other than Disney, Universal postponed F9 by a full year. Along with this, No Time To Die was also postponed, along with Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II.
Movie theatre chains including AMC and Regal have also decided to close its doors for the time being. AMC’s closure could last up to 12 weeks.
Apart from this, studios like Universal and Warner Bros. have decided to release a number of titles to VOD earlier than expected. Although this may continue (Disney might bring Onward to VOD), however, chances of the biggest titles receiving the same treatment are slim. Because honestly, Black Widow, Mulan, and F9 could easily do $1 billion globally and that is a kind of money the studios do not want to miss out on.