Disney delays Black Widow to Summer 2021; Eternals and Shang-Chi also pushed back

By Stephen Ippolito | September 23rd, 2020

Well, this sucks. For a second time this year, Disney has made a major shift in their upcoming Phase 4 film slate. The company announced that Black Widow, Eternals, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings have all been delayed.

Black Widow moves from November 6th to May 7th, 2021 (full year after original release date). Eternals moves from February 12th, 2021 to November 5th, 2021 (also a full year after original release date), and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings moves from May 7th, 2021 to July 9th, 2021.

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By moving Black Widow out of 2020, this now means that for the first time since 2009, an MCU film will not be released in a calendar year.

The news really shouldn’t come as a surprise. With theaters still not open in major markets like New York and Los Angles, it’s tough for studios to make their money back at the box office. Also, with Mulan’s release numbers on Disney+ not impressing the company, a similar move to the streamer is not an option. Boy, 2020 sucks.

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