Disney postpones Black Widow to May 2021; other titles also delayed
Death on the Nile, The King's Man, and Spielberg's musical remake of West Side Story are amongst the many other movies that underwent a change in their release dates.
Marvel fans will have to wait a bit longer for the upcoming superhero movies Black Widow and Eternals.
Disney has updated its release calendar to factor in the continued uncertainty over the reopening of theatres in the US amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Scarlett Johansson-led Black Widow, which was delayed from its original May 1 release date, has now been moved to May 7, 2021, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Black Widow's shift kicks Chloe Zhao's Eternals from February 12, 2021 to November 5, 2021, and moves Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings from May 7, 2021 to July 9, 2021.
Actor Kumail Nanjiani, who stars alongside the likes of Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie and Kit Harington in Eternals, praised Disney for making the right and responsible decision.
Eternals delayed to Nov 5, 2021. Marvel made the right & responsible decision. There’s a pandemic. Nothing is more important than health & lives. I can’t tell ppl to go to a movie theater until I feel safe going to one.
Take care of yourselves. I promise it’ll be worth the wait!
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) September 23, 2020
Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg's musical remake of West Side Story and Kenneth Branagh's Death on the Nile have also been delayed.
West Side Story, which features Ansel Elgort in the lead, will now open on December 10, 2021, instead of December 18 this year. Branagh's Death on the Nile, a follow-up to 2017's Murder on the Orient Express, moves from October 23 to December 18.
However, fans should not be entirely disappointed by Disney's reshuffle.
Pixar's Soul and the Ryan Reynolds-starrer Free Guy are keeping their respective release dates of November 20 and December 11.
20th Century Studios' The King's Man, the prequel film to The Kingsman series, will be released two weeks early on February 12, 2021.
Theatres in the US were shut in March in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and are now struggling to return to normalcy. A significant number of cinema houses are still closed.
Christopher Nolan's Tenet was the first major studio film to have a theatrical release in the US, but its box office performance was not inspiring enough for other studios to follow suit.