There is little doubt that everyone is excited about Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings. After all, the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe flick will be the first MCU film that will be released exclusively in theaters. But is it possible that the movie will be pushed back due to rising COVID-19 cases across the nation?
It has recently been confirmed that Clifford the Big Red Dog will be pushed back from its September release due to the rising number of cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant. The Paramount Pictures flick, which was set to hit theaters on September 17, has not yet been given a new release date.
The delay is undoubtedly a safe move for Paramount but will Disney do the same with Shang-Chi? After all, the upcoming MCU film is scheduled to premiere a full two weeks ahead of Clifford. Although it has not yet been announced, there is a possibility that Disney is already considering a safer option for movie-goers.
There is a possibility that Disney might once again decide to release the film in limited theaters and on Disney+ through Premier Access, just like Black Widow. However, it's a tense time for the studio after Scarlett Johansson filed a lawsuit for her movie's digital release. At this point, a delay might be the likely option for the Simu Liu flick.
For now, Disney and Marvel have not yet released a statement about any further delays. In the meantime, Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings is still scheduled for release in theaters on September 3, 2021.