IMAX CEO Says Marvel Studios May Reschedule Release Dates for 2021

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It's been a difficult year for the entertainment news industry. Not only has the COVID-19 pandemic shut down cinemas and delayed the release of highly anticipated blockbusters like Mulan, Black Widow, and Wonder Woman 1984, but it's also forced studios to shut down the production of highly anticipated film and television projects across the globe.

Though governments are beginning to reopen, it seems like the novel coronavirus may continue to cause further delays in upcoming releases.

Speaking in an interview with Deadline, IMAX CEO Rich Gelfond discusses the current state of the film industry and the company's plans on dealing with the backlog of 2020 releases when they get pushed back to 2021.

According to Gelfond, it won't be that difficult to manage the slew of films releasing next year if the company shares screens for films from the same studio.

"If they're from the same studio they are usually amenable to sharing screens," the IMAX CEO explained, "So if there's a tentpole that's more family oriented we can play that during the day and the other one later."


Gelfond says that it's going to be a particularly busy year for Marvel next year with the Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and Spider-Man: Far From Home slated for 2021.


"Marvel has something like five films scheduled for next year," Gelfond noted. "My guess is they'll move some of that around, but that's a lot. "

We wonder how much "moving around" Marvel is going to do with its upcoming release slate. Everyone's hoping that the studio sticks to the program and releases Black Widow later this year.

Phase 4 of the MCU begins when Black Widow premieres on November 6, 2020.

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