Disney has moved its next big Marvel Studios theatrical release, Black Widow, from November 6, 2020 to May 7, 2021.
The move was widely rumored and expected as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to play havoc with the theatrical exhibition business. There was even speculation that the Mouse House could premiere Black Widow on its Disney+ streaming platform, as it did this month with Mulan.
Black Widow’s shift also comes as part of a larger, major shake-up in Disney’s overall release schedule, with the company also moving other Marvel titles like Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Eternals, as well as releases such as Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake and Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile.
The release of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet earlier this month, while fairly successful overseas (over $200 million), has been a slow-rolling disaster in North America. Heralded as the tentpole-style blockbuster that would lure audiences back to theaters in a big way, Nolan’s sci-fi thriller has earned just $36 million here in three weeks, indicating that while many theaters around the nation are now open (although operating at reduced capacity), audiences are still not coming back.