Amid Coronavirus concerns, Disney is now postponing the release of Marvel’s “Black Widow,” directed by Cate Shortland. According to Variety, the studio has held off changing the release plans for the film, which was slated for May 1, in hopes that the COVID-19 outbreak threat would have ceased. Now with many festivals and venues around the world shutting down, the market prospects are slimmer by the day, and it was only a matter of time before the studio’s superhero box office grab was shelved.
“Black Widow” stars Scarlett Johansson returning to the MCU as Natasha Romanoff in a spinoff starring alongside Florence Pugh (“Little Women”), Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”) and David Harbour (“Stranger Things”). The film marks the first venture into Phase Four of the Marvel franchise and is set just post the events of “Captain America: Civil War.”
The final trailer dropped the second week of March, just before many theater venues, cities, and businesses have implemented shutdowns amid the coronavirus outbreak. Both the New York City and Los Angeles vicinities announced the temporary closures of theaters, a response to the virus that has influenced the shutdown of theater chains, including AMC and Regal Cinemas, putting the film industry at a hefty standstill.
These are tough times for the entertainment industry as Disney recently shelved the theatrical releases of “Mulan,” “The New Mutants” and “Antlers,” for the time being. The now uncertain release dates were called on the account that worldwide audiences would not be showing up in numbers as previously projected. With “Mulan” s considerably sizeable Chinese market and the prospect of a massive turnout for the latest Marvel film, Disney has weighed its costs amid the global COVID-19 precautions. More news is expected to follow as the studio shifts release dates and prepares the revised theatrical release of its latest tentpole film, “Black Widow.”