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Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ Delayed to Summer 2021; Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Delayed a Year; Pixar’s Soul to Keep November Debut

Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ Delayed to Summer 2021; Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Delayed a Year; Pixar’s Soul to Keep November Debut

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt studio release schedules, Disney has announced a release delay for its fall blockbusters that include Marvel’s Black Widow, Amblin/20th’s Steven Spielberg-directed West Side Story, and Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile.

Black Widow marks the first entry of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4. The film starring Scarlett Johansson was original to debut in May of this year and was later rescheduled to November 6, 2020. However, in the wake of Wonder Woman 1984’s delay, Tenet’s substandard performance in the U.S., and continued movie theater closures in the U.S. and some international markets, the studio proceeds cautiously and responsibly to release Black Widow successfully onto the big screen. The shift further pushes back other Marvel releases due to the interconnected nature of the MCU, such as Eternals November 5, 2021, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings to July 9, 2021.

Amblin/20th’s West Side Story signals Spielberg’s venture into musicals and a potential Academy Award nominee for the 2021-22 cycle. The film will be delayed for a year and is set to debut on December 10, 2021, instead of its original release date of December 18, 2020.

The star-studded blockbuster Death on the Nile directed by Kenneth Branagh has been pushed several months to debut on December 18, 2020, rather than its slated premiere date for October 23. The murder mystery based on Agatha Christie’s novel is a follow up to the box office success of Murder on the Orient Express in 2017.

Disney has confirmed that Pixar’s Soul will keep its November 20, 2020 theater debut as planned.

See Disney’s updated theatrical release schedule below:

2020

“The Empty Man” — Oct. 23

“Soul” — Nov. 20

“Free Guy” — Dec. 11

“Death on the Nile” — Dec. 18

2021

“Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” — Jan. 22

“The King’s Man” — Feb. 12

“Raya and the Last Dragon” — March 12

“Bob’s Burgers” — April 9

“Ron’s Gone Wrong” — April 23

“Black Widow” — May 7

See Also

“Cruella” — May 28

“Luca” — June 18

“Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” — July 9

“Jungle Cruise” — July 30

“Deep Water” — Aug. 13

“Beatles Get Back” — Aug. 27

“The Last Duel” — Oct. 15

“Eternals” — Nov. 5

“West Side Story” — Dec. 10

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