Well, we all saw this coming. In light of worsening COVID conditions around the world, Disney has finally decided to delay Black Widow and the two other films set to kick off Phase 4, Eternals and Shang-Chi. Natasha Romanoff’s debut solo film has been moved to May 7, 2021, now an entire year delayed from its original May 1 release date this year. Eternals, originally slated to be the 2nd MCU film this year, is now third in line, set to premiere on November 5, 2021. Shang-Chi is bumped to 2nd and is now set for July 9, 2021.
JUST IN: Disney pushes #BlackWidow to May 2021 & #Eternals to November 2021. #ShangChi moves to July 2021. #DeathOnTheNile is pushed to December 2020, while #WestSideStory moves to December 2021. See full list below. pic.twitter.com/VxEBkjRCvE
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) September 23, 2020
Fans hoping to see Black Widow soon on Disney+ will surely disappointed with this. It is very interesting to see Disney stick to their guns and eye a theatrical release date amidst the anemic box-office returns of Tenet. As it stands, a theatrical release for Black Widow a couple of months from now still somehow feels too optimistic. Also interesting is Shang-Chi getting bumped in place of Eternals. Eternals has long wrapped production while Shang-Chi just resumed a few weeks ago.
Source: Disney via Twitter