Will we be getting Black Widow on the big screen? Disney and Marvel say yes — they’re willing to wait if you are. Marvel Studios revealed its new, pandemic-affected release schedule this morning, and Natasha’s solo prequel movie will now be released six months later, on November 6, 2020.
That date used to belong to Marvel’s Eternals, which has now been shifted down to February 12, 2021. That was the spot Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was taking up, so it has to be moved to May 7, 2021, which in turn pushes the second Doctor Strange movie down to November 5, 2021, and THAT was where Thor: Love and Thunder was, so it’s been pushed clear into February 18, 2022. (Feel free to put on Peppermint Patty’s “Musical Chairs” song from Happy New Year Charlie Brown at this moment; it’ll feel appropriate.)
The earliest Disney movie on the schedule is now Mulan on July 24, though we’ll see if it has to be moved again.
While they were at it, Disney adjusted a few other things as well. Remember that Artemis Fowl trailer that everybody hated? Now Disney is like “ehhh, maybe we shouldn’t” and has shoved the picture onto Disney+. Originally scheduled for a May 29 theatrical release, it is now pegged for streaming at an unannounced date. THR speculates that this wasn’t just due to the negative reaction — the time-shifted schedule is now so stuffed that “the theatrical slate for the latter half of 2020 is fast getting booked up.” In other words, no room for Artemis.
And when you see the rest of the schedule, you’ll understand why. Don’t forget they have 20th Century Studios to think about now:
The French Dispatch — October 16, 2020
Free Guy — December 11, 2020
Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story — December 18, 2020
Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel — December 25, 2020
Bob’s Burgers — April 9, 2021
Indiana Jones 5 — July 29, 2022
The New Mutants — July 3, 2953 (or later)