12 Feb 2021 4:15 PM +00:00 UTC

Disney Has Four Weeks Left To Decide The Fate of Black Widow's Release Date

There seems to be a ticking time bomb for the release of Black Widow as it keeps getting pushed back due to various reasons and now, Disney reportedly has three to four weeks to ultimately decide as to when Black Widow will be released.

The long-awaited solo movie of the belle of the Avengers, Black Widow, has been constantly pushed back by various circumstances and many fans are kind of just used to it as they already expect another delay in the release of the film.

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The film has been highly anticipated even before the pandemic hits as it will be the first solo movie of the only rose among the thorns of the original Avengers. It was first slated to be the kick-off of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe until WandaVision replaces its place in the release timeline in consideration of the ongoing global pandemic.

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has been pushed for a later date as 2020 became the year where Marvel had entirely paused and did not release any of its titles.

The film is currently set for a theatrical release on May 7, 2021. Disney has since been firm with the traditional theatrical release of Black Widow as part of the production company's efforts to aid the movie industry that has been hit hard by the pandemic.

However, due to the lingering factors that COVID is still present, a new variant with a higher chance of spreading the virus, a whopping number of new cases in the US, and the slow vaccine rollout, Hollywood executives stated that the theatrical releases of films would have to be moved again.

Reportedly, Marvel Studios Boss Kevin Feige opposes the idea that the film would be released on the streaming services of Disney like the limited series on Disney+.

This gives Disney and Marvel the dilemma of how to release the first film of the fourth phase of the MCU. In three to four weeks, Disney would have to call the shots as to when Black Widow would be released as moving its date would affect the rest of the release timeline and all the release dates of the further movies would be pushed back like dominoes.

If Black Widow will push through with the May 7, 2021 release, Disney would have to rev up the marketing of the film as the release date is nearing. The odds are not in favor of Disney to date considering the COVID-19 situation in the US today.

Due to these uncertainties, Black Widow did not appear in this year's Super Bowl which is considered one of the best avenues to air trailers. In lieu of the Black Widow trailer, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier's trailer was released.

Set in between the events of Captain America: Civil War, and Infinity War and Endgame, Black Widow return with Scarlet Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian, Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff, O-T Fagbenle as Rick Mason, and William Hurt as Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross.

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