'Black Widow' Delay Could Have 'Cascading Effect' on Other MCU Releases
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Disney has pushed back the release date of the Scarlett Johansson-starring solo movie, which was initially scheduled to open in theaters around the world on May 1, in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

AceShowbiz - Not even "Black Widow" can resist the blow caused by COVID-19. The Scarlett Johansson-starring pic has become the latest movie to push back its release date in light of the coronavirus pandemic that has been crippling the show business in Hollywood and all over the world.

Disney announced on Tuesday, March 17 that the solo movie, which takes place between the events of "Captain America: Civil War" and "Avengers: Infinity War", will no longer open in theaters worldwide on May 1 as scheduled before.

The studio has also pulled the Dev Patel-led drama "The Personal History of David Copperfield" from its Searchlight banner which was originally due on May 8 and Amy Adams' "The Woman in the Window", a 20th Century title, which was supposed to be released on April 15. No new dates are announced for these three movies just yet.

Disney previously delayed the release of the upcoming live-action "Mulan", "The New Mutants" and "Antlers", but held off from announcing the postponement for "Black Widow". Other movies which have been pulled from their original release dates due to coronavirus crisis included "F9", "No Time to Die", "A Quiet Place: Part II" and "Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway".

Meanwhile, Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at Boxoffice.com, says that moving "Black Widow" could have a "cascading effect" on the rest of Marvel slate. As it has been widely known, every Marvel film contains material that somehow relates to other MCU projects and sometimes includes easter eggs for the next releases. That's why releasing Marvel films in accordance to their planned order is important.

Future Marvel releases include Disney+'s series "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier", "WandaVision" and "Loki", which have halted production due to coronavirus, "The Eternals", "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings", "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" and "Thor: Love and Thunder".

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