Amid the unchanged pandemic climate and the low box-office revenues, The Walt Disney Company decided to do some major changes to their release schedule.
Marvel Studios’ live-action film slate for Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and Marvel Studios’ Eternals have all received new theatrical openings for the United States.
Black Widow will now land in theaters on May 7, 2021. In Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings arrives in theaters on July 9, 2021. Simu Liu stars in the titular role as Shang-Chi, alongside Awkwafina and Tony Leung in a film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.
Eternals opens in theaters on November 5, 2021. Eternals features an exciting new team of Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as the Eternals are ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, The Deviants.
20th Century Studios’ West Side Story, Steven Spielberg’s first musical, will land in cinemas a year later than expected, on Dec. 10, 2021 instead of Dec. 18, 2020. An adaptation of the original Broadway musical, “West Side Story” explores young love and tensions between rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks on the streets of 1957 New York. The film’s screenplay written by Tony Kushner and expected to hew more closely to the Broadway script than to the 1961 film adaptation. It stars Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler in lead roles, joined by Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, Corey Stoll and Brian d’Arcy James, as well as Rita Moreno.
DEATH ON THE NILE, another 20th Century Studios’ movie helmed by Kenneth Branagh was pushed to Dec. 18, 2020, less than two months from its original Oct. 23. The film follows the journey of Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot during his Egyptian vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer turns into a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple’s idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short. “Death on the Nile” reunites the filmmaking team behind 2017’s global hit “Murder on the Orient Express,” and Kenneth Branagh as the iconic detective Hercule Poirot. He is joined by an all-star cast of suspects, including: Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders and Letitia Wright. “Death on the Nile” is written by Michael Green, adapted from Christie’s novel, and is produced by Kenneth Branagh, p.g.a., Judy Hofflund, p.g.a., Ridley Scott, Mark Gordon, Simon Kinberg and Kevin J. Walsh, with Matthew Jenkins, James Prichard and Matthew Prichard serving as executive producers.
Disney and the whole industry are hoping for better box office numbers in 2021. We will keep you posted on any future updates on release changes.