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Black Widow, West Side Story among list of films Disney has further postponed

The Walt Disney Co. has further postponed its next mega-movies from Marvel, including Black Widow, while also postponing Steven Spielberg's West Side Story a full year in the company's latest recalibration due to the pandemic.

Pixar's Soul remains on calendar for November

The cast of Marvel Studios' Black Widow at the San Diego Comic-Con festival in 2019. The film, which has an initial release date of Nov. 6, will now be released on May 7. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

The Walt Disney Co. has further postponed its next mega-movies from Marvel, including Black Widow, while also postponing Steven Spielberg's West Side Story a full year in the company's latest recalibration due to the pandemic.

Ten of Disney's top films shuffled release dates Wednesday, uprooting several of the company's major fall releases. The Scarlett Johansson Marvel movie Black Widow, last set for Nov. 6, heads now to May 7 of next year. Instead of opening next month, Kenneth Branagh's murder mystery Death on the Nile moves to Dec. 18. That was the date set for West Side Story, but Spielberg's musical will instead debut in December 2021. 

Disney didn't entirely abandon the season. The Pixar release Soul remains on the calendar for late November. The Empty Man, a horror release from the former 20th Century Fox, is moving up from December to Oct. 23. 

But the delays of Disney's upcoming blockbusters reinforce the growing exodus from 2020 among the blockbusters that hadn't already uprooted to next year. Following tepid ticket sales for Warner Bros.' Tenet in a U.S. theatrical marketplace where about 30 per cent of cinemas remain closed, Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman 1984 moved from October to Christmas and Universal Pictures' Candyman postponed to next year.

Given the interconnected nature of Marvel releases, the latest delay of Black Widow had a domino effect on other films. Chloe Zhao's Eternals, with Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan and Kumail Nanjiani, moves from February to Nov. 5, 2021. Destin Daniel Cretton's Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, starring Simu Liu as the martial arts hero, is now slated for July 9, 2021, instead of May 7.

The Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas thriller Deep Water was also pushed from November until August next year.

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