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Black Widow release date delayed due to coronavirus pandemic

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The Black Widow (opens in new tab) movie has been delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The first Marvel Phase 4 (opens in new tab) movie was due to release on May 1. No new release date has been set. Disney has also delayed The Personal History of David Copperfield and The Woman in the Window indefinitely. 

For now, it appears that Black Widow has been delayed indefinitely (via Variety (opens in new tab)), with The Eternals still scheduled to hit its November release date. Expect that to change in the coming months, however, as Disney makes room for Black Widow somewhere in the release schedule.

Black Widow joins several movies that have had their release dates shifted in recent days. Fast and Furious 9 has been pushed back an entire year to April 2, 2021 (opens in new tab), while A Quiet Place Part 2, New Mutants, Mulan, and Antlers have all had their releases postponed indefinitely. No Time to Die (opens in new tab), the 25th Bond movie and Daniel Craig's last as 007, was also pushed back to November. It's an unprecedented moment for the industry, and Black Widow's presence as the last remaining big box office release should cause some consternation.

What that means for the rest of the MCU's tightly-run ship is also open for debate. Kevin Feige and the team at Marvel Studios pride themselves on meticulous planning, often zeroing in on release dates years in advance to help set up the ever-expanding world of Marvel's heroes. Black Widow's delay could force the likes of Shang-Chi and Doctor Strange sequel The Multiverse of Madness to retreat further into 2021, though nothing has been officially announced in that regard.

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