I actually sat and watched all 25 previous James Bond movies (yes, counting Sean Connery’s Never Say Never Again) during the first month of “lockdown” in April of 2020. So when I give my usual “this list will not be your list” disclaimer, I should also note that this list won’t necessarily be the list I […]
Black Widow And ‘Fast And Furious 9’ Unlikely To Be Delayed Amid Coronavirus Concerns
Following the delay of No Time to Die’s release due to coronavirus, Disney and Universal are reportedly planning to keep Black Widow and F9 in May.
According to Deadline, there are reports that Disney has informed North American movie theatre chains that they are “staying the course” as it relates to the company’s release slate. This means that the MCU movie Black Widow remains on track to release on May 1.
Even with the potential for the international box office totals of Black Widow and F9 to dip, delaying these films could be easier said than done. In Marvel Studios’ case specifically, delaying Black Widow doesn’t just change when Phase 4 will begin; it could alter the entire Phase 4 slate. If Black Widow took Eternals‘ November 2020 release, Eternals would have to take the release date of a 2021 MCU film and cause a chain reaction to all other dated MCU films. This change would even potentially shakeup Disney+, as the connectivity the Marvel TV shows will have to the films could mean certain shows would have to wait to be released. This could ultimately be one of Disney and Marvel’s deciding factors in keeping Black Widow in May because it would affect not just 2020 but the next several years of content.
That said, this is just the stance of the studios at this time, and their decisions could potentially change. This is a business after all and Disney, Universal and other studios will react as they deem necessary if the global box office remains stagnant. So, even though Black Widow and F9 are still coming out in May as of right now, it won’t be shocking if they or other summer blockbusters change release dates as time goes on.