Disney is Likely to Delay Release of “Black Widow” Again

Scarlett Johansson at the
Scarlett Johansson at the "Avengers: Endgame" LA Premiere in 2019. Photo by Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock (10216456xm)

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the studios’ movie release calendar. Black Widow, the movie which is set to kick off the 4th phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has already been postponed from its original May opening date to November 2020. Now, it’s very likely that there will be another delay.

Variety reports that Disney is considering putting off the movie’s release once more due to the ongoing health crisis. As movie theaters are reopening, recent releases have shown relatively weak performances. The much anticipated Tenet, for example, made an underwhelming $29.5 million on its domestic run so far. This causes studios to rethink anticipated blockbuster releases, with Wonder Woman 1984 recently delayed to Christmas.

As Black Widow represents a big investment by Disney, it is unlikely that the studio would want to risk an opening during the November slot. Mulan was released on Disney+ instead of getting a theatrical release and now Pixar’s Soul may get the same treatment. It doesn’t seem, however, that Black Widow will go this way. This may have a ripple effect that will push back future MCU movies’ releases.