The Disney domino effect changes the release slate for Black Widow, Eternals, Shang-Chi, and more…
It was always on the cards and was speculated upon on quite regularly. And now we finally have been given the news we were dreading. Disney has spun the release wheel yet again and has pushed back the releases of both ‘Black Widow‘ and ‘Eternals‘ amongst other release changes. Strangely, the release of ‘Soul‘ has NOT been affected and currently retains its November 2020 release slot. But other titles have been affected in one way or the other, one title in particular by an entire year.
‘Black Widow‘ has now moved out of its November release slot and been pushed back to debut on May 7th, 2021. This represents the film now scheduled to open over thirteen months later than it was originally scheduled to do so. The Scarlet Johansson swansong as the titular character, in having being delayed yet again has started a domino effect with the upcoming Marvel movies. ‘Eternals‘ which was due to open in November of this year before being delayed until February 12th of 2021 now finds itself pushed back until November 5, 2021, instead. Also, the film ‘Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings‘ has been pushed back but for some reason, not as far as ‘Eternals‘. The film will now open on July 9th, 2021 instead of May 7th, 2021. One of the stars of ‘Eternals‘, Kumail Nanjiani, has posted about the film’s delay, saying:
“Eternals delayed to Nov5, 2021. Marvel made the right & responsible decision, There’s a pandemic. Nothing is more important than health & lives. I can’t tell ppl to go to a movie theatre until I feel safe going to one. Take care of yourselves. I promise it’ll be worth the wait!”
Marvel seems to have borne the brunt of the release changes but non-Marvel films have also been affected. The remake of ‘Death On The Nile‘ that was due to hit screens on October 23rd of this year will now open on December 18th instead. The Ben Affleck/ Ana De Armas thriller from Adrian Lyne ‘Deep Water‘ now finds itself shifted from its November 13th release to now grab a spot to open on August 13th, 2021 instead. But the biggest push back is reserved for the Steven Spielberg remake of ‘West Side Story‘ which was due to hit screens on December 18th this year but will now not open until December 10th of 2021, almost a year AFTER it was due to open. The film was considered to be a possible Oscar nominee at the 2021 awards and it seems the release of the film being delayed to next Christmas is designed to boost its chances at the 2022 awards instead.
Two movies have benefitted from the changes. The new horror film from James Badge Dale ‘The Empty Man‘ has moved forward from its December 4th release to occupy the slot vacated by ‘Death On The Nile‘ and open on October 23rd while the prequel to the ‘Kingsman‘ franchise, entitled ‘The King’s Man‘ which was pushed from a September 2020 release until next year finds itself moving forward by two weeks from February 26th, 2021 to now open on February 12th instead.
The moves from Disney and the departure of ‘Black Widow‘ from this year’s release slate now throws up some questions regarding the rest of the scheduled films for this year. Now the House Of Mouse has made their move, we now turn our eyes towards ‘No Time To Die‘, ‘Dune‘ and ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘ which are the final of the big releases left on the schedules. It is almost certainly a given that ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘ won’t stay in its December 25th release slot and will be pushed to 2021 instead and doubts now become bigger as to the release of ‘No Time To Die‘ this year.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Entertainment/Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!