In what is becoming a familiar trend, Disney has postponed the release of the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe return, Black Widow. Originally scheduled to premiere in theaters May 1st, it is now unclear just when the Scarlett Johansson solo film will debut.
In addition, The Personal History of David Copperfield, a reimagining of the Charles Dickens story led by Dev Patel, and the Amy Adams thriller The Woman in the Window have also been delayed, both owned now by Disney. The former falls under Searchlight Pictures (formerly Fox Searchlight), and the latter from 20th Century Studios (formerly 20th Century Fox).
David Copperfield was set for release on May 8th, with The Woman in the Window to follow a week later on the 15th. No new dates have been set.
With theaters across the United States shutting down completely during the pandemic, many for an currently-incalculable duration, delays and postponements like this should be expected. People can’t pay for the movie if they’ve got no place to see it!
Whether more studios follow Universal’s approach to releasing recent titles on-demand remains to be seen.
Until further notice, Black Widow, our return foray into the MCU after last summer’s Spider-Man: Far from Home, will just have to wait to be seen.