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Disney is delaying Black Widow and West Side Story release dates to next year amid a global pandemic

Disney is pushing Black Widow and West Side Story release dates to next year amid ongoing global pandemic

Disney announced another delay in their programming schedule amid the ongoing global pandemic, according to Deadline.

The television and movie giant revealed that Marvel’s Black Widow will debut in May, after initially slated for a November release.

Steven Speilberg’s West Side Story will be delayed for a full year and will now hit screens in December 2021.

To go back: the television and film giant revealed that Marvel's Black Widow will debut in May, after initially slated for release in November

To go back: the television and film giant revealed that Marvel’s Black Widow will debut in May, after initially slated for release in November

The moves follow disappointing efforts to get Americans back to movie theaters after the coronavirus pandemic shut down theaters worldwide in March.

Black Widow was originally set to debut in May before Disney moved it to November 6.

The movie stars Scarlett Johansson as the Marvel action hero and would become the next big Hollywood movie scheduled to hit theaters.

Steven Speilberg's West Side Story will be delayed for a full year and will now hit screens in December 2021

Steven Speilberg's West Side Story will be pushed back an entire year and will now hit screens in December 2021

Steven Speilberg’s West Side Story will be delayed for a full year and will now hit screens in December 2021

Speilberg's take on West Side Story will now hit theaters on December 10, 2021

Speilberg's take on West Side Story will now hit theaters on December 10, 2021

Speilberg’s take on West Side Story will now hit theaters on December 10, 2021

The new date means that several other Marvel films will be delayed, including Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which would be released on Black Widow’s new date, May 7.

Instead, Shang-Chi will launch on July 9, while The Eternals – which Black Widow would follow next February – will hit theaters on November 5, 2021.

As part of the shuffle, a number of other Disney projects were also delayed, including the Kingsman prequel The King’s Man and Kenneth Branagh’s Death on the Nile.

Work in progress: Black Widow was originally set to debut in May before Disney moved it to November 6

Work in progress: Black Widow was originally set to debut in May before Disney moved it to November 6

Work in progress: Black Widow was originally set to debut in May before Disney moved it to November 6

Scarlett previously said that Black Widow will be released at the ideal time, despite her debut as the eponymous hero in Iron Man 2 ten years ago.

She has claimed that the success of movies like Captain Marvel and DC’s Wonder Woman has created a trend for female characters to direct their own stories, making it the perfect time for a standalone Black Widow movie.

“For anyone who said to me, ‘Oh this (Black Widow movie) should have happened five or ten years ago,’ I would say it wouldn’t have been that substantial. We just couldn’t have done it, ”she said. ‘The film is now set as a result of what is happening in the zeitgeist, and I think it’s pretty cool.’

Delayed: The Eternals, which would follow Black Widow next February, will hit theaters on November 5, 2021

Delayed: The Eternals, which would follow Black Widow next February, will hit theaters on November 5, 2021

Delayed: The Eternals – which would follow Black Widow next February – will hit theaters on November 5, 2021.

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