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Disney Shuffles Release Dates Again: BLACK WIDOW and WEST SIDE STORY Head to 2021

The Hollywood Reporter:

In another major reshuffling of its release calendar, Disney is pushing 2020 event pics Black Widow and West Side Story to next year amid challenges posed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Marvel’s female superhero pic, starring Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, had been set to hit the big screen on Nov. 6. It will now open on May 7, 2021. In turn, Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is being pushed from the May 7 date to July 9, 2021. (Marvel’s The Eternals also has a new date.)

Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, from 20th Century and Amblin, is being delayed almost an entire year, and is moving from Dec. 18 to Dec. 10, 2021. Disney isn’t giving up its seat at the 2020 Christmas table entirely and is relocating Death on the Nile from Oct. 23 to Dec. 18.

Black Widow’s exit from the early November calendar is bad news for exhibitors who need tentpoles as they reopen. One bit of good news for theater owners: Pixar’s Soul is sticking to its Nov. 20, 2020 theatrical release date, while 20th Century’s Free Guy is keeping its Dec. 11, 2020 date. Nor are any of the film’s mentioned in Tuesday’s announcement being sent to Disney+, as Mulan was.

Remember when everyone (myself included) was wondering if there would be as much fervor for a Marvel movie after Avengers: Endgame was such a perfect “ending” for long-time fans?

With this year+ off, people will be frothing at the mouth to see a Marvel movie. Black Widow could be huge.

…provided of course we have a vaccine or something like it by the time the movie does eventually hit theaters…