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Disney has announced that the May 1 box office release date for the newest Marvel film “Black Widow” has been postponed due to current health and safety circumstances.
A new release date has not been determined as yet.
This is not the first film to be affected by Coronavirus, Disney’s “Mulan” has also been hugely affected by the worldwide spread of the virus.
“Black Widow” is set between the the timeframes highlighted in “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War”.
Moving “Black Widow” could have a “cascading effect” on the rest of the MCU releases, Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at Boxoffice.com, said.
Here is a look at the current release schedule for Marvel’s lineup of films to both box office and Disney+:
- “Black Widow” — May 1, 2020 (postponed)
- “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” — August 2020 on Disney+
- “The Eternals” — Nov. 6, 2020
- “WandaVision” — December 2020 on Disney+
- “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” — Feb. 12, 2021
- “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” — May 7, 2021
- “Thor: Love and Thunder” — Nov. 5, 2021
- “Loki” — 2021 on Disney+
But that’s not all. There are additional films that have been announced that are not yet scheduled for release. Those films include, “Black Panther 2,” “Guardians of the Galaxy 3,” “Captain Marvel 2,” “Fantastic 4,” “Blade,” “Spider-Man 3,” “She-Hulk,” “Moon Knight,” “Ms. Marvel” and “Hawkeye.”
The most obvious Marvel release that could also be affected by the current situation is “The Falcon and the Winter Solider” which may see a delayed release be released in August if production is delayed due to governement regulations on crowds. The show officially stopped filming in Prague and Atlanta last week following concerns over the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.
Despite specualtion from fans, Disney is unlikely to move away from their strategy of cinema first release as those bring in big dollars for the company. Though Disney could, in theory move to release films on Disney+, the service is not available worldwide as yet and it would mean a huge hit in terms of financials for the company.
“Black Widow” is aniticipated to bring in upwards of $750 million dollars, pushing it straight to on demand would not make financial sense for a company already deeply affected by the current climate.
Expect to see a shift in cinematic release dates for upcoming Marvel Universe films if Disney is forced to delay the release of “Black Widow” much past it’s original date.
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