As long expected, we won’t be getting any new Marvel Studios movies in 2020.
Marvel Studios and Disney have officially confirmed that they have pushed back Black Widow from its November 6 global release date to a new May 7, 2021 date. Of course, Black Widow was originally due to hit cinema screens this past May before being delayed due to the ongoing global pandemic. And now, the Scarlett Johansson-headlined picture has been shunted to next year.
The result of Black Widow moving to May 7, 2021 has caused Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings to be moved to July 9, 2021, while Eternals has been pushed back to November 5, 2021.
One big factor in the decision to move Black Widow again, is the simple fact that studios are unable to turn anything close to a profit on big-budget films right now. A prime example of this is Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which, while impressing many fans and critics, has disappointed in terms of box office haul. Likewise, those films that have been moved to quickfire Digital releases – such as Mulan – have also not made quite as much waves as were hoped for.
It’s a dangerous time for cinema right now, with the ongoing pandemic causing some major problems for the film industry – whether that’s films being delayed, moviegoers being hesitant to return to cinemas, or cinemas themselves having to lay off staff or close completely.