Disney is modifying its theatrical release schedule once again in the face of the coronavirus pandemic by delaying Marvel Studios’ “Black Widow” to May 7, 2021. The shift means that other Marvel movies such as “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and “Eternals” will be moved off their February and May 2021 release dates and pushed back further into the 2021 calendar year. “Shang-Chi” will launch July 9, 2021 and “Eternals” will now debut November 5, 2021. Additionally, “Death on the Nile” is moving from October to December 18, 2020 and Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” is delaying from this December to on Dec. 10, 2021.
“Black Widow,” the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry that marks Scarlet Johansson’s final outing as the eponymous hero, was originally scheduled to open in theaters May 1, 2020. Disney shifted the release to November amid the pandemic, and now the “Black Widow” release date has changed for a second time. The film, directed by “Somersault” and “Berlin Syndrome” director Cate Shortland, kicks off the fourth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The cast also includes Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, William Hurt, Ray Winstone, and Rachel Weisz.
“Soul,” meanwhile, remains dated for a November release date. Rumors have circulated that “Soul” could be moved to Disney+ just as “Mulan” was earlier this month, but the studio has not announced any plans as of yet. “Soul” is the latest Pixar offering from “Up” and “Inside Out” Oscar winner Pete Doctor. Disney originally bumped “Soul” from June 19, 2020 to November. “Soul” is an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival and is set for a premiere at the London Film Festival. The voice cast includes Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Questlove, Phylicia Rashad, Daveed Diggs, and Angela Bassett.
With Disney’s fall tentpoles out of the way other than “Soul,” only the Bond movie “No Time to Die” remains in November as the big Thanksgiving holiday theatrical release. Warner Bros. has already moved Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman 1984” out of October and into the December 25 position, where it will open after the studio’s December 18 release of Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune.” Universal’s horror movie “Candyman” has also abandoned October for an unspecified 2021 release date.
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