Earlier this year, the COVID-19 outbreak forced Marvel to delay the release of Black Widow to November and, by extension, push back the remainder of its Phase Four film slate. But now, it looks like the film might not arrive in time for its fall premiere after all. According to Variety, Disney is “likely” to delay Black Widow for a second time.
Black Widow was originally scheduled to open on May 1. As the number of coronavirus cases increased, Disney and Marvel moved the film to November. Although theaters across the country began to reopen last month, recent box office numbers for films like Tenet and The New Mutants suggest that the vast majority of moviegoers don’t want to risk contracting the virus by sitting in a confined space with other strangers.
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This latest report all but confirms that Black Widow won’t follow the same release model as Disney’s Mulan. Earlier this month, that movie hit Disney+ with subscribers having to pay an extra $30 premium fee. But Disney may have miscalculated by revealing that Mulan will be available for free on Disney+ in December.
If Black Widow is delayed again, it will likely trigger a domino effect on the release dates for Marvel’s next round of films, starting with Eternals, which is currently scheduled for release on February 12, 2021. Additionally, Variety’s sources indicate that Disney and Pixar’s upcoming animated film Soul might have its own premiere on Disney+.
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