Coronavirus forces Disney to postpone over 12 upcoming movies

Brenda Watkins
April 7, 2020

Highly-anticipated Marvel film Black Widow has officially been delayed.

Disney's 2020 live-action remake of its animated fantasy "Mulan" (1998) will be released in July.

And the film which was supposed to have that release date, The Eternals starring Angelina Jolie, has been pushed back to 2021. The full changes are below.

We will continue to keep an eye on all of these release dates in case any more changes appear down the road.

So the latter half of 2020 and 2021 should be relatively unaffected for movie-goers when they're finally able to enjoy the pastime again. Those properties include the previously postponed Mulan (original release date March 26) and Black Widow (original release date May 1).

Eternals is taking over the original release date for Shang-Chi, now opening in theaters on May 7th, 2021, which was Doctor Strange 2's original opening date. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has been moved to May 7, 2021 and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness shifts is pushed to November 5, 2021.

Doctor Strange 2 now gets released on November 5, 2021, previously held by Thor: Love and Thunder.

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While Disney Pixar animation Soul is still expected to be released in the summer.

Meanwhile, the Disney film that should have been released on July 24 - Jungle Cruise starring The Rock and Emily Blunt - has been delayed by a year, with the new release set for July 30, 2021.

Black Panther 2 will still release on May 6, 2022, while Captain Marvel 2 has been set for July 8, 2022. Meanwhile, rather than moving Artemis Fowl back, Disney has made a decision to release the upcoming adaptation straight onto Disney Plus.

Flocking to Twitter at the news of Black Widow's delay, which stars Avengers favourite Scarlett Johansson as Russian fighter Natasha Romanoff, fans had mixed feelings. The movie will be worth the wait.

"With audiences largely unable to attend theatres in the current environment, we are thrilled to offer the premiere of Artemis Fowl on Disney+", said Ricky Strauss, President, Content & Marketing, Disney+.

Which upcoming Disney film are you most excited to see?

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