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Black Widow delayed to 2021 as the Marvel Cinematic Universe shuffles again

Eternals and Shang-Chi have also been pushed back

Scarlett Johansson readies her Widow’s Bite wrist launcher, as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in Captain America: Civil War. Marvel Studios
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Marvel Studios has announced another delay for the next installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as reported by Variety. Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz, is now set to be released to theaters on May 7, 2021, making 2020 the first year without a new MCU installment since 2009.

The movie, set after the events of Captain America: Civil War and before the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, was originally timed for Marvel’s traditional summer opener in the first weekend of May, 2020. In April, as large swathes of the United States and Europe remained under coronavirus lockdowns, Marvel announced a major reshuffling of its release schedule, with each of its Marvel Cinematic Universe movies hopping release dates, like a game of musical chairs.

Black Widow moved to Nov. 6, a spot originally occupied by Eternals, while Eternals moved to Feb. 12, 2021, originally occupied by Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and, well, you get the idea. With Black Widow moving again, here’s an updated timeline of the next Marvel movie releases:

July 9, 2021: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Nov. 5, 2021: Eternals
Feb. 18, 2022: Thor: Love and Thunder
March 25, 2022: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
May 6, 2022: Black Panther 2

Other Marvel films that have been announced but do not currently have a release date include Captain Marvel 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and Blade. Disney and Marvel have also remained mum about updated release schedules for the MCU’s tie-in Disney Plus shows, including Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, and Hawkeye, except to say that WandaVision, which got a new trailer this week, will still debut in 2020.

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