Around the middle of March, Marvel officially announced its release Black Widow – the opening movie for MCU phase 4. As scheduled, the “big sister” of the Marvel family will hit theaters on April 30. But the complicated development of the Covid-19 pandemic forced the studio to rethink, and eventually decided to postpone the broadcast date indefinitely.
Recently, on official Twitter and Facebook, Marvel Studios has announced the new launch date for the Black Widow: November 6, 2020 – half a year later than originally planned. This means work The Eternals, which will hit theaters on the same day, will be forced to step back until February 21, 2021. As such, if this schedule is kept the same, in 2020, Marvel Studios will only release a single movie only.
Marvel Studios announced the new release date of Black Widow is on November 6, 2020, MCU phase 4 officially starts half a year later than originally planned.
Changing this plan is something no one expects. Particularly with Marvel Studios, it is even more confusing because previously, they announced the entire timeline for phase 4 in the summer of 2019. In addition, the MCU films are also often closely related to each other about plot side (most clearly shown in the credits). So, just a movie changes schedule will more or less affect the other “chickens”.
Understanding this issue, Marvel Studios continues to announce a new schedule for the rest of the movie in phase 4. Specifically: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will change from 2/21/2021 to 7/5/2021; Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will fall back on November 5, 2021; and Thor: Love and Thunder will hit theaters on February 18, 2022. 3rd film of Spider-Man, with Black Panther 2 will still be released on July 16, 2021 and May 6, 2022 as originally planned.
On the occasion of announcing the new schedule for phase 4, Marvel Studios also revealed the release date for Captain Marvel 2 – the MCU’s Phase 5 movie. A lot of rumors that Wolverine will also appear in this movie.
On this occasion, Marvel also suddenly revealed Captain Marvel 2 will be released on July 8, 2022, with the official title still a mystery. Besides, the secret movie they have been hiding for months also premiered on October 7, 2022. The entire 2023 schedule – that is, the phase 5 is still kept private, though the studio has confirmed it will release up to four movies. Currently, there are many sources claiming the works in phase 5 will include Blade, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3, Ant-Man 3, X-Men and Fantastic Four reboot.
Thus, the delay of the release of Black Widow made the MCU phase 4 on the big screen half a year later than expected, and lasted until 2022 instead of 2021 as originally. However, information regarding the new schedules of the series on Disney + has not been disclosed, including The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision and Loki. These 3 series are also in phase 4 and will be closely associated with the movie, not just the spin-off merely.
Hopefully this is the last time Marvel Studios has to adjust its blockbuster release schedule. Currently, their major series of projects, including Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, were forced to stop shooting just because of this pandemic.
The new schedule of MCU phase 4 and some of the films are in phase 5. However, the Disney + television series are temporarily delayed indefinitely.