Is Disney Going To Delay The Release Of ‘Black Widow’ Due To The Coronavirus?

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Yesterday, the relatively shocking news that the release of No Time To Die — the 25th James Bond film and Daniel Craig’s fifth and final time playing the legendary MI6 agent — was being pushed back from April 10 to November 25 due to the spread of the coronavirus.

“MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, announced today that after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of No Time to Die will be postponed until November 2020. The film will be released in the U.K. on November 12, 2020 with worldwide release dates to follow, including the U.S. launch on November 25, 2020,” the official statement from the studios read.

Now, with a film as massive as No Time To Die being the first to take the delay leap, it begs the question of how many movies — if any at all — will follow suit.

Naturally, the eyes of the entertainment world have turned to Disney, as they’re also set to release a couple of massive films in the coming months, most notably, the live-action remake of Mulan in March and the MCU Phase 4 kicking off film Black Widow in May.

And according to Deadline, the Mouse House is sticking to their guns and are not delaying any release dates… yet.

Currently, Disney is adamant that they’re not moving the May 1 release date of Black Widow, and Universal is officially not changing their May 22 release for F9. Many in the distribution sphere heard rumors that Disney would move Black Widow to Marvel’s Eternals Nov. 6 release date (and thus that Angelina Jolie movie would head to 2021), but that’s not the plan at hand according to the studio. I understand Disney is telling its exhibition partners that they’re staying the course with their current release slate. [via Deadline]

Additionally, the March 27 release of Mulan currently remains on schedule at this time.

Black Widow — which is directed by Cate Shortland and stars Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, Rachel Weisz, Ray Winstone, and Olivier Richters — is currently scheduled to hit theaters in the United States on Friday, May 1, 2020.


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