Disney Pushes back ‘Black Widow’ to 2021

Disney has announced they are pushing the theatrical release date of Scarlett Johansson and Marvel’s Black Widow, as well as the other movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, back to 2021.

The film was previously scheduled to be released on Nov. 6 but will now open May 7, 2021, the slot previously held by Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Other Marvel films including Eternals, Shang Chi, are also moving back within 2021.

Eternals, directed by Chloé Zhao, will now open November 5 after being slated for February 12, 2021, and Shang Chi is bumped back slightly from its May slot to open July 9, 2021. While Eternals was meant to be the next-up MCU title after the Black Widow film, Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will now follow and remain in summer 2021.

Disney also shuffled release dates for films like The King’s Man, Death on the Nile and moved back Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story a full year to December 2021.

Death on the Nile will open Dec. 18 of this year, while West Side Story with Ansel Elgort will debut in theaters on December 10, 2021. The crime and horror film The Empty Man from 20th Century Studios, which was previously dated for December 4, will now move up to Oct. 23. Deep Water starring Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas was also delayed from November of this year to August 13, 2021, and The King’s Man will shift up slightly to February 12, 2021.

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Set in the two-year span between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, Black Widow will bring back Scarlett Johansson’s Natahsha for one last ride. The character, as you may recall from Avengers: Endgame, died to secure the Soul Stone to use against Thanos. Black Widow is directed by Cate Shortland and written by Eric Pearson from a story by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson. In addition to Johansson and Florence Pugh, it stars David Harbour and Rachel Weisz.

These changes come after Disney tested the waters with a premium video on demand release of Mulan. The film was made available on Disney+ to subscribers for $29.99 and also opened internationally, but struggled to find a big opening in China. Disney has not made available any numbers on the film’s performance.

No word yet on Disney and Pixar’s Soul, which is still slated for theatrical release on Nov. 20 of this year. Disney has had some success with adding family films such as The One and Only Ivan, Artemis Fowl and another Pixar film, Onward, direct to Disney+.

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Source: The Wrap