Bad news for the Black Widow and Morbius films. Due to the surge recently in pandemic cases, both Sony and Marvel Studios has decided to push the release dates of the upcoming films once again. Black Widow was intended to kick off the MCU’s Phase 4 in earnest, but that position ultimately went to Disney+ series WandaVision, which premiered earlier this month. Black Widow‘s release date is now May 7, which Marvel was hoping to stick with as recently as last week.
I really don’t understand Marvel Studio’s logic in not releasing the solo Black Widow film on Disney+. Despite Wonder Woman 1984 poor international box office performance, in the US, the second WW film was the most streamed film of the year and had a plethora of people sign up for HBO Max. Disney+, which is still riding high on the success of Star Wars series The Mandalorian and a little off the oddball Marvel series, WandaVision, could only benefit from having the solo Black Widow film debut on the streaming platform.
Sony Pictures’ upcoming Spider-Man spinoff film Morbius has been delayed for the second time this month, and is now slated to arrive in theaters in one year’s time on Jan. 21, 2022 per CBR. Morbius was previously slated to premiere on March 19 of this year. However, earlier this month, Sony’s Marvel Comics-based vampire movie was officially delayed to Oct. 8. This new delay to January 2022 comes shortly after MGM delayed its latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, from April 2 to Oct. 8.
Sony also has shifted release dates for numerous titles, including “Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” Camila Cabello’s “Cinderella,” “Uncharted” with Tom Holland. “Cinderella” will release in theaters on July 16 instead of Feb. 5. That delay bumps the video game adaptation “Uncharted,” which was originally set for mid-July, to Feb. 11, 2022. Meanwhile, “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” has moved back two months from April 2 to June 11. In turn, the “Ghostbusters” sequel was delayed to Nov. 11 per Variety.
As film release dates continue to shift towards late Summer and beyond, the reality is studios might have to start looking at streaming services as a real outlet to release their slate of films. With just one movie, Wonder Woman 1984, it’s already worked out great for HBO Max.