It’s days like today that I miss shirking all my responsibilities and taking myself for a sneaky matinee the most. Sadly, it’s just not an option right now and god knows when it will ever be again. Variety confirms that there’s really no reason for anyone to be putting their phone in airplane mode anytime soon since Disney (which owns damn near everything), has postponed a whole bunch theatrical release dates, most into next year. While it is decidedly “bad news for the exhibition industry,” at least it gives moviegoers an entire year to forget those pesky sexual assault allegations against Ansel Elgort because West Side Story is now scheduled to come out next December.
Disney has postponed the release of fall blockbusters such as Marvel’s “Black Widow,” Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” and Kenneth Branagh’s “Death on the Nile” by several months. The results are bad news for the exhibition industry, which is facing fierce headwinds after closing for months due to coronavirus.
The studio has kept the late November release date of Pixar’s “Soul,” surprising some in the industry who had expected the animated family film to either move to a later perch or get released on Disney Plus. The moves set off a cascade of distribution shifts that will upend the theatrical landscape for months. Other Marvel releases, such as “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and “Eternals” will all debut deeper into 2021. Disney’s release date shifts all but guarantee that box office revenues this year will reach a nadir — analysts have already projected that domestic grosses would decline between 70% to 80% due to the pandemic.
Why do I feel like I’m never going to experience the satisfaction of snapping my head back and venomously shushing a mother fucker ever again? Now that Deep Water has been pushed from November of this year to August of next, star-crossed lovers Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas will have to work double-time to keep the magic alive (and believable) until then. But again, there is a silver lining to these delays. The Black Widow herself, Scarlett Johansson, now has until May 2021 (originally scheduled for Nov 6, 2020) to fine-tune that Russian accent for post-production corrections, for one.
Due to the interconnected nature of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Black Widow’s” move shifted back other installments in the superhero franchise. “Eternals,” a comic book adventure about a super-powered alien race, will debut on Nov. 5, 2021. It was previously dated for Feb. 12, 2021. Chloé Zhao directed the film, which stars Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Gemma Chan and Kumail Nanjiani.
Eternals delayed to Nov 5, 2021. Marvel made the right & responsible decision. There’s a pandemic. Nothing is more important than health & lives. I can’t tell ppl to go to a movie theater until I feel safe going to one.
Take care of yourselves. I promise it’ll be worth the wait!
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) September 23, 2020
Shit, by the time we get to go back to the movies, I’m going to have old-people teeth and won’t even be able to enjoy the homemade popcorn I sneak in with my purse.
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