Those holding out about the Black Widow would release this year will be sad to learn that Disney and Marvel have pushed the film into 2021. Now scheduled for a March 7, 2021, release, 2020 will mark the first year since the MCU began that a major film wasn’t released into theaters. I’m not sure anyone could have anticipated the coronavirus situation, but sometimes reality sucks.
If that wasn’t enough, the West Side Story remake from 20th Century and Amblin has been delayed roughly an entire year. Meant to premiere on December 18, the film is now slated for release on December 10, 2021. That’s a huge shake-up to the holiday season, which may have potentially shifted the favors of the box-office after the dismal performance of both Tenet and Mulan.
Black Widow being pushed back has also completely shifted the release schedule of the MCU. Both Shang-Chi and The Eternals have had their dates changed with the latter now set for a November 5, 2021 release. Shang-Chi has only been hit with a few month’s delay, now on track for a July 9, 2021, opening.
For some strange reason, Soul and even Free Guy have remained firmly stuck to their original release dates. I don’t believe for one second that Disney isn’t going to change both of them (speculation is even brewing that Soul will hit Disney+), but I guess the corporation believes miracles will happen. I wouldn’t count on anything releasing for the remainder of the year, but then I’m something of a pessimist.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter