Black Widow has become the latest major film to be delayed due to concerns over the novel coronavirus outbreak.
In a major turn of events, Disney has cancelled the planned May 1st release of Marvel Studios’ Black Widow. As Deadline revealed, the reason for this is, of course, down to concerns over the novel coronavirus.
The film’s delay comes after the studio cancelled a list of other movies due to be released before it, including other superhero property The New Mutants. It’s not alone in its postponement either, as Disney has also delayed The Woman In The Window and The Personal History of David Copperfield – which were initially set for release during May 15 and May 8 respectively.
What does this mean for Black Widow?
Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansson in the titular role as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow – reprising the role she played in multiple films over the past decade. It also stars Florence Pugh, David Harbour and Rachel Weisz.
Set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it serves as the 24th offering in the MCU – meaning that it was undoubtedly going to be one of the year’s most successful films.
However, given the concern over the outbreak and the understandable response from many major movie theater chains to temporarily shut down, the delay of a tentpole like Black Widow shouldn’t come as a surprise.
That said, fans are undoubtedly going to wonder when the film will be released instead. As of yet, there’s no official word. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t expect to hear something soon.
It may not hit theaters on May 1, but rest assured that Black Widow will make its presence felt on moviegoers at some point.
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