Black Widow Film Delay Forces Marvel to Break Tradition

It looks like the Black Widow delay is breaking a Marvel Studios tradition.

With the novel coronavirus pandemic shutting down cinemas around the globe, Marvel was forced to delay the release of Scarlett Johansson's first standalone film. Black Widow was originally given a May premiere, however, the spread of COVID-19 forced Disney to shift the film's release date to November 6, a slot that Marvel originally gave to The Eternals. In turn, The Eternals was shifted to February 12, 2021, the date originally held by the highly anticipated Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

With so many films shifting around, Movie Web says that Black Widow has forced Marvel to give up a Marvel tradition – releasing two or more comic book movies a year. This is going to be the very first time that Marvel releases only one film. It doesn't help that Black Widow's November release is a long stretch from Spider-Man: Far From Home, slowing down the hype over Marvel's successful run with Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame.

It can't really be helped though. These are difficult times that we're experiencing. Not only has COVID-19 affected the economy, it's also had a major impact on the entertainment industry. The spread of he novel coronavirus has forced organizers to cancel major pop culture events including this year's SXSW and Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). It's forced studios to shut down the production of major film and television projects like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and James Cameron's Avatar sequels.

We wouldn't blame Marvel for releasing only one film this year.

Black Widow is now set to premiere on November 6, 2020.

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