Looks like it’s that time again. Recently Disney had been experimenting with home releases for some of its films, but we suppose the Mulan remake didn’t work out that well for them (small wonder why). They’re not taking the risk with anything else on their schedule, and repositioning it all into the distance.
So, what’s getting shifted first? If you guessed Black Widow, you are correct! Natasha Romanov’s missing midquel has been bumped once more from its previous date of November 6, 2020, all the way to May 7, 2021. The movie has now officially been delayed an entire year…before any of this started, it was due out May 1, 2020.
This new date would have caused The Eternals to come out before Black Widow, but that’s not happening. That movie has now been moved to November 5, 2021. In addition Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which previously occupied the date Black Widow has now, has been moved to July 9, 2021.
The Marvel movies that were dated for 2022 are keeping their dates for now: Thor: Love and Thunder on February 18, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on March 25, and Black Panther 2 on May 6, though those films are so close together that we anticipate a reshuffling there at some point.
Here’s everything else on Disney’s schedule that has been delayed: Death of the Nile takes a short hop from October 23, 2020 to December 18, 2020, Deep Water moves from November 13, 2020 to August 13, 2021, Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story will be shoved down an entire year to December 10, 2021, and finally, a mysterious untitled “event film” from Disney, previously scheduled for next summer, has been removed entirely.
What does that leave? Pixar’s Soul, still bearing its November 20 release date, and fueling speculation it’s headed for a digital dump that costs thirty bucks to see. We have high hopes for this one and it would be a shame if a truly great Pixar movie didn’t get a theatrical release, or was only released sparingly at a time when only fools go out to movies. Guess we’ll see.