By Stephen Ippolito | September 15th, 2020
A week after WarnerMedia announced that Wonder Woman 1984 would be delayed, it now looks like Disney will do the same with its upcoming female superhero film. According to Variety, Disney will “likely” delay the Marvel Studios film Black Widow. As a result, it is currently looking for a new release date. The Scarlett Johansson led film was slated to come out on November 6th.
Variety did not say what specific dates the studio is looking at. It also did not say how it would affect other upcoming MCU Phase 4 films like Eternals and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings. With a good chunk of December already occupied by rival studios, it would likely be pushed into 2021. If this happens, then for the first time since 2009, we will have gone a whole calendar year without the release of a new MCU film.
Although 70% of theaters in the United States have reopened, studios are afraid to release their high budgeted films. The fear stems from Tenet, the first big film released since the reopening, underperforming at the Box Office during its first two weekends. People are just not comfortable heading to cinemas yet.
Of course, this is not the first time that Black Widow will have been delayed. Originally the Phase 4 opening film was supposed to come out in May but was pushed back in March because of the Covid-19 pandemic.