Black Widow has been pushed back until May 2021.
The upcoming Marvel movie — starring Scarlett Johansson as the titular superhero — was originally due to be released in May this year, but after setbacks caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the feature was given a new release date of November 6. (It was slated to open in Singapore on Oct 29.)
And now, Disney bosses have delayed the project even further, as it will now open in cinemas on May 7 next year, one year after its first planned launch. It will open in Singapore a week earlier on Apr 29.
The new date means several other interconnected Marvel movies delayed as well, including Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which was due to be released on Black Widow's new date, May 7.
Instead, Shang-Chi will launch on July 9, while The Eternals — which was meant to follow Black Widow in February next year — will hit cinema screens on November 5, 2021.
Reacting to the delays, Eternals star Kumail Nanjiani said "Marvel made the right and responsible decision." He tweeted, "There’s a pandemic. Nothing is more important than health & lives. I can’t tell ppl to go to a movie theater until I feel safe going to one."
Eternals delayed to Nov 5, 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 theater until I feel safe going to one.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) September 23, 2020
Take care of yourselves. I promise it’ll be worth the wait!
As part of the shuffle, a number of other Disney projects were also postponed, including Steven Spielberg's West Side Story, Kingsman prequel The King's Man, and Kenneth Branagh's Death on the Nile.
Pixar's Soul and Ryan Reynold's Free Guy are the only Disney movies sticking to their original release dates on Nov 20 and Dec 11, respectively.
Here is the latest Disney release schedule in Singapore:
The Empty Man — Oct 22
Soul — Nov 19
Free Guy — Dec 10
Death on the Nile — Dec 17