Wednesday, 03 June, 2020


Covid-19: Disney delays release of slew of Marvel blockbusters

Black Widow Scarlett Johansson | Film Frame Marvel Studios
Hannah Rogers | 07 April, 2020, 02:25

But in a note of optimism that North American movie theatres could reopen sooner rather than later, "Mulan" - a mega-budget live action remake of the tale of a legendary Chinese warrior - is now tentatively set to launch on July 24.

Disney has now said it will arrive in the USA on July 24. That's actually still pretty soon, relatively, and I have a feeling that's going to change again given how hard hit the United States of America is when it comes to the Coronavirus.

Finally, moving to the MCU and as predicted would happen, all the Marvel movies have essentially been bumped up a spot.

The fifth instalment of Indiana Jones, meanwhile, will bow on 29 July 2022, instead of the original summer 2021 date. The company also didn't move the Pixar release Soul from its June 19 release date.

Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt will release on July 30, 2021 and Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch has been pushed to October 16.

The film, which will once again star franchise lead Harrison Ford, is the first film since the critically-derided Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

"Black Widow", starring Scarlett Johansson, had been scheduled to kick off the summer blockbuster season, traditionally Hollywood's most lucrative period at theaters, on May 1.

Two points of interest though: Firstly, there's no mention of Marvel and Sony's Spider-Man 3 to be found anywhere. The video game-focused Free Guy, which stars Ryan Reynolds playing a suddenly aware NPC, is shifting from July 3 to December 11.

The Fresh Dispatch from Wes Anderson goes from July 24 to October 16, 2020.

Disney has also revealed new release dates for their other films which have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Unchanged on the release schedule will be Steven Spielberg's West Side Story and Ridley Scott's The Last Duel.

Unsurprisingly, the perennially cursed New Mutants hasn't even been given a new release date.

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