“Black Widow” Swings into Summer 2021 after Fall Delay

Jadyn Forman

 After years of anticipation, Marvel’s “Black Widow,” starring Scarlett Johansson, has been delayed to May 1, 2021 from Nov. 6. Originally set to premiere May 7 of this year, this marks the second time the movie has been delayed.

  Since her debut in 2010’s “Iron Man 2,” fans and Johansson had been calling for Marvel to make a solo Black Widow movie. The film was officially announced at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, but had already begun principal photography.

     The further delay of the movie is most likely due to many movie theatres in large cities still being closed and Warner Bro.’s “Tenet” performing poorly at the box office with a third weekend, worldwide gross of only $251.1m, barely breaking even on its budget of an estimated $205m.

   Disney may have considered putting “Black Widow” on Disney+ Premier Access, like they did with “Mulan.” However, with “Mulan” having only earned a speculated total of around $90m, it seems unlikely that Disney would try to experiment again with a movie as huge as “Black Widow.” 

  Along with “Black Widow,” many other of  Marvel Studios’ upcoming movies have been pushed back as well. This includes “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” moving from May 7, 2021 to July 9 and “Eternals” from Feb. 12 to Nov. 5, which had also previously been delayed.

   “Marvel made the right and responsible decision.” Said “Eternals” star Kumail Nanjiani on Twitter “Nothing is more important than health and lives.”