COVID-19 has once again forced Disney and Marvel Studios to shift the entire phase 4 film slate to 2021. And yes, that include the solo Black Widow film.
Thankfully, the Disney+ era will still begin before the end of 2020 with WandaVision confirmed to release no later than December. Sadly for the Black Widow, the film has been shotgunned into 2021. The rumors that the film might show up on Disney Plus like Mulan were quickly dismissed. Black Widow will now open May 7th 2021.
Black Widow isn’t the only MCU film getting delayed either. Additionally, Marvel Studios’ Eternals has been delayed from February 2021 to November 5, 2021, while Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has been postponed two months from May 2021 to July 9, 2021.
Even while this date change was always a possibility, it still pushes the theatrical debut of Phase 4 even further away than anybody could have ever expected. When May 7, 2021 finally comes around and brings the debut of Black Widow, it will have been nearly two full years in between movie releases for the franchise with so much planned over the next few years.
Maybe that’s not such bad thing in the long run. Avengers Endgame was A LOT to take in and it left the MCU on a high note (yes, I know Spider-Man FFH came after.) and maybe a little separation from the core Marvel Films will have the hearts of fans grow much fonder when Phase 4 films are finally released in theaters in 2021.
As mentioned, the only MCU related project that will release this year will be WandaVision. The events of the series take place after the 2019 film Avengers: Endgame. The series is produced by Marvel Studios, with Schaeffer serving as head writer and Matt Shakman directing. The series reunites Avengers and star crossed lovers, Scarlet Witch and Vision. Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprise their roles. Teyonah Parris, Kat Dennings, Randall Park, and Kathryn Hahn also star.
WandaVision is scheduled to premiere in December 2020, and will consist of six episodes.