Mulan and Black Widow have landed July and November 2020 release dates after being delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and unprecedented cinema closures, while franchise hopeful Jungle Cruise is being pushed back a year to summer 2021.
Those were just a few of the highlights announced Friday as Disney revealed sweeping changes to its 2020 and 2021 release calendars — including the decision to debut May title Artemis Fowl directly on Disney+, a move that could irk some cinema owners. At the same time, Hollywood’s leading film studio is opting to follow the traditional theatrical course for the vast majority of its movies.
Mulan and Black Widow, originally set for late March and early May, respectively, were among the first Hollywood tentpoles pulled from release last month as virtually all cinemas closed in the U.S., as well as in much of the rest of the world, such as China.
No one is yet sure how long the closures will last, and expect the blackout to continue well into the prized summer season. In one sign of optimism, Disney has decided to open Mulan on July 24. The movie’s new home used to belong to Jungle Cruise, which is being pushed back a full year to July 30, 2021.
This sort of domino effect is impacting every major Hollywood studio, and is reshaping the overall release calendar through 2021.
It was especially apparent as Disney announced a number of new dates and resulting delays for Marvel superhero pics.
Black Widow‘s new home of Nov. 6 used to belong to Eternals, which now goes out on Feb. 12, 2021, a date previously inhabited by Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Rings. The latter is moving to May 7, 2021, displacing Doctor Strange 2, now set for Nov. 5, 2021. That prompted Thor: Love And Thunder to relocate to Feb. 18, 2022. Black Panther 2‘s May 6, 2022 date is unchanged, while Captain Marvel 2 is moving up two weeks to July 8, 2022.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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