Is 2020 at all salvageable for major studio blockbusters? It’s appearing less likely after the recent disappointments surrounding Warner Brothers’ Tenet and Disney’s Mulan. And according to at least several anonymous sources talking to Deadline, it’s about to result in Marvel Studios’ hotly anticipated Black Widow being delayed yet again.
The report, which was filed Tuesday afternoon, states Disney executives are currently pondering a move of Black Widow off its current Nov. 6 release date, even though the studio has yet to settle on a new date. According to the trade, Black Widow could theoretically be moved to as soon as December… or it could be fully pushed to dates unknown in 2021. Disney has not responded to Den of Geek inquiries about the delay as of the time of writing.
Another delay for Marvel’s Black Widow may be inevitable given the current state of the movie industry. The film, which was previously slated to open on May 1, already moved out of its kickoff position for the summer movie season when the season was essentially cancelled by the coronavirus pandemic. While Disney elected to eventually move the superhero movie all the way to Nov. 6, displacing Marvel’s The Eternals and every other scheduled Marvel Studios superhero movie into 2022, the Mouse House was still hedging its bets on the hope that the pandemic would be under control by autumn.
While that is relatively true for some parts of the world, it is not so in the U.S., nor does it appear likely that the rampant rates of COVID-19 infection will trend significantly down in domestic markets by November. In fact, most of the biggest moviegoing markets in the U.S., including Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco, are keeping movie theaters indefinitely closed.