Marvel's 'Black Widow' officially delayed

Not exactly a surprise given the world’s current state of affairs, Walt Disney Pictures has officially delayed the release of Marvel Studios’ upcoming “Phase Four” launcher, Black Widow. Originally scheduled for release on May 1, the film has been removed from the studio’s upcoming slate with a new date expected to be announced in the future.

Starring Scarlett Johansson, who was recently nominated for two Academy Awards for her recent performances in both Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story and in Taika Waititi‘s Jojo Rabbit, Black Widow finds her Natasha Romanoff confronting the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

Joining Johansson is Midsommar and Little Women star Florence Pugh as Yelena, David Harbour as Alexei (aka The Red Guardian), and Rachel Weisz as Melina.

Black Widow is the first of two Marvel Studios films planned to hit in 2020. It will be followed by Eternals, directed by Chloé Zhao (The Rider, Songs My Brother Taught Me), currently scheduled for release on November 6. Of course, the MCU isn’t going to be limited the big screen this year. In the fall, the first Disney+ series, The Falcon and the Winter Solider is planned to launch on the streaming service.

Black Widow is directed by Cate Shortland (Lore, Berlin Syndrome) and produced by Kevin Feige. Check back for details on the film’s revised release plans when they become available.

Silas Lesnick is the Senior Editor of Moviebill. He has been covering entertainment news out of Los Angeles for more than a decade. You can reach him via e-mail or on Twitter.


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