In the wake of studios scrambling and theaters closing amid the coronavirus pandemic, Disney made some major moves on Friday, parking the solo Marvel film “Black Widow” in the fall and slating a “Captain Marvel” sequel in 2022.
“Black Widow,” with Scarlett Johansson reprising her Avengers heroine, was originally set for May 1, then backburnered due to the outbreak. Now it’s rescheduled for Nov. 6, causing a domino effect for the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s future.
“The Eternals” shifts from Nov. 6 to Feb. 12, 2021, and “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” goes from Feb. 12, 2021, to May 7, 2021 – that date had been set for “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” which is now slated for Nov. 5. 2021.
“Thor: Love and Thunder,” previously dated for Nov. 5, 2021, moves to Feb. 18, 2022, and “Captain Marvel 2,” starring Brie Larson, enters the fray with a July 8, 2022 date.
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In other Disney news, the live-action remake of “Mulan” – which had been set for March 27 before coronavirus – is back on the calendar for July 24; the Dwayne Johnson/Emily Blunt action adventure “Jungle Cruise” shifts from July 24 to July 30; the Ryan Reynolds video-game movie “Free Guy” goes from July 3 to Dec. 11; animated movie “Bob’s Burgers” moves from July 17 to April 9, 2021; and Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch” scoots from July 24 right into an Oscar-season date of Oct. 16.
“Artemis Fowl,” the adaptation of the Eoin Colfer young-adult novel originally scheduled for May 29, will debut later in the year on Disney+. And Indiana Jones fans got a little bit of bad news: The fifth installment, with Harrison Ford as the whip-cracking adventurer, is delayed a year from July 9, 2021, to July 29, 2022.