The return of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going to take a little longer than expected. Disney has just delayed the release of Marvel’s Black Widow again. Originally slated for May, it was first moved to November—and now, it’ll be released May 7, 2021.
It’s one of a number of delays announced by the studio. In addition, Eternals, (previously dated for February 21, 2021) will now be released on November 5, 2021, and Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, originally set for on May 7, 2021, will now be released July 9, 2021.
The news is disappointing, of course, but not at all surprising. Reports had been circling that the move was coming for some time and the disappointing/mysterious box office returns of Warner Bros.’ Tenet gave Hollywood a pretty clear idea that, despite many theaters being opened, audiences are not ready to return.
These moves also puts into question the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe., of course. After Eternals and Shang-Chi there’s the third Spider-Man still slated for December 2021, and Thor: Love and Thunder, Doctor Strange 2, Black Panther 2, and Captain Marvel 2 all in 2022. Since these movies are all meant to be part of a wider, interconnected story, one has to assume everything will be pushed back somehow. Though, as of publication, they all remain on their respective dates. For now.
Starring Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz, Black Widow was directed by Cate Shortland. It takes place after the events of Captain America: Civil War, but before the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame…for obvious reasons.
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