Despite being slated to hit theaters a full month from now, Disney and Marvel Studios are not taking any chances with its upcoming film, “Black Widow,” and have decided to push back the release date due to the Coronavirus scare.
After seeing the box office flounder this past weekend, Disney chose to push back the all-new Avengers spin-off film starring Scarlett Johansson. A new release date has not yet been determined. But the bigger concern of pushing back a Marvel Movie is the impact it will have on all the other connected films.
The movie is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, an expansive, interconnected collection of films that act as puzzle pieces in a much bigger, overarching story.
“Black Widow” may be taking a step back in time — it takes place between the events of “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War” — but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t contain material that is somehow important to other Marvel films. After all, that’s what it’s become notorious for.
Moving “Black Widow” could have a “cascading effect” on the rest of the MCU releases, Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at Boxoffice.com, said.
Marvel’s current release schedule of films and TV shows on Disney’s streaming service Disney+ is as follows:
- “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+
And that’s not including the announced shows and films that haven’t been placed on the schedule — “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.”
Finding a new release date for Black Widow could be tricky. Marvel might be forced to shift some of their other releases around like the animated “Soul” film and maybe even replace other Marvel film “The Eternals” in November with Black Widow. The shifting of films and dates throws a wrench into the well oiled machine that has been the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It will be interesting to see how they come out of this Coronavirus scare and where certain films might land.