On Friday, the Walt Disney Co. revised its release schedule by shifting the dates for half a dozen Marvel movies, announcing a new one for the live adaptation of “Mulan” and pushing the fifth movie “Indiana Jones Another year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Black Widow”, Marvel’s entry with Scarlett Johansson, was to be launched for the summer film season. Instead, Disney said it will now open on November 6. Such delays have unique ramifications for Marvel movies due to their interconnection. With “Black Widow” in motion, that meant a domino effect, delaying all future versions of Marvel by about three months.
“Black Widow” has taken the release date of “The Eternals”, which is now moving to February 21 of next year. “Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings” leaves this date of February for May 7, 2021. “Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness” passes from May of next year to November 5, 2021. And “Thor: Love and Thunder “” is postponed for three months until February 18, 2022.
Disney doesn’t completely give up on summer. “Mulan”, which was scheduled for March and has already premiered on the red carpet, will now open on July 24. This release date, of course, is subject to the reopening of theaters by then and the disappearance of the pandemic.
While Disney has moved almost all of its big budget movies, it will send one to its streaming service. The science fiction adventure adaptation directed by Kenneth Branagh “Artemis Foul” will go to Disney Plus instead of starting in theaters. The film was originally slated to be released last August, but had been delayed until May of this year. With the exception of Universal’s Trolls World Tour, the major studios have chosen to delay their best releases rather than pushing them towards digital release and sacrificing box office revenues.
The fifth film “Indiana Jones”, which Steven Spielberg left last month as a director with James Mangold replacing him, is delayed by a year until July 2022. “The French Dispatch” by Wes Anderson is also delayed by July to October 16.
Walt Disney Co. announced on Thursday that it would start laying off workers in two weeks from its amusement parks in Florida and California.