The COVID-19 pandemic sucks but at least Disney has finally announced new release dates for its 2020/2021 films!
Today, the mouse house announced a new slate of release dates over the span of the next two years, which postpones nearly all the upcoming Marvel movies, as well as Walt Disney Studios pics.
Black Widow, which is Scarlett Johansson’s first solo outing as the character, moves from May 1st 2020 to November 6 2020. Chloe Zhao’s Eternals,, starring Kit Harrington, Gemma Chan, and Angelina Jolie, departs its November 2020 spot for February 12, 2021.
Additionally, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, starring Canadian actor Simu Liu, jumps to May 7, 2021, while Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness calls November 5, 2021 its home, and finally, Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder, got pushed back to February 18, 2020.
Two MCU films that did not get impacted by the coronavirus (so far) are Black Panther 2 and Captain Marvel 2. Ryan Coogler’s sequel still holds its May 5, 2022 release date, while Captain Marvel 2 actually moves up to July 8, 2022.
Moving on to Walt Disney Studios, the company has announced that Mulan has been pushed to July 24, 2020, debuting on the date previously occupied by Jungle Cruise. The Emily Blunt/Dwayne Johnson-led adventure film had its release date pushed a year to July 20, 2021.
Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones 5 has moved to July 29, 2022, and Disney has made no changes to their upcoming Star Wars slate (a new film is still pegged for a 2022 release).
The most shocking news however is that Artemis Fowl, which was set to premiere on May 29, will now become a Disney+ exclusive. The film had worried box office analysts, and already had its release date pushed once before, from August 2019 to May 2020.
For Disney’s 20th Century Studios banner, Ryan Reynolds’ video game-action/comedy Free Guy, has moved from Aug. 3, 2020 to Dec. 11, 2020. Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, from Searchlight, shifted from Aug. 24, 2020 to Oct. 16, 2020.
For the time being, Disney has decided to keep the release dates for Pixar’s Soul, premiering June 19, Raya and the Last Dragon, premiering November 25, West Side Story, premiering December 18, and The Last Duel, premiering December 25.
The New Mutants, Woman in the Window, Antlers and The Personal History of David Copperfield have not received new release dates.