The coronavirus has forced Marvel to push back their slate of movies. It has caused delays across the film industry, but Marvel is one of the biggest names that have had to rework their schedule because of it.
Marvel May Use The Defenders In Phase 4
There may be a silver lining to this depressing news, though. While Black Widow was basically finished, many of the others were in varying stages of production. This includes movies like the third Tom Holland Spider-Man film and the Captain Marvel sequel.
Rumours have been floating around that Marvel was looking to utilize characters from their cancelled Defenders shows on Netflix anyway. So, chances are that this added time to work on these films may allow Marvel to work them into their stories somehow.
Seeing Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock pop up as Peter Parker’s lawyer, or seeing Iron Fist go toe-to-toe with Shang-Chi would be quite a sight. Fans will be hoping that Marvel can actually pull this off and bring all of these characters in naturally.
They originally couldn’t use any of these characters again for two years due to a non-compete agreement with Netflix. However, that period is due to expire soon. The coronavirus pandemic pushing these movies back should give Marvel enough time to work on these characters, too.
Black Widow Delayed Due To Coronavirus
This reshuffle started with them first announcing that they are going to postpone their upcoming film Black Widow. That film, starring Scarlett Johansson, originally had a release date of May 1, 2020. Now, however, Marvel has announced on Twitter that it’s going to come out on November 6, 2020.
Keen-eyed Marvel fans will know that this was originally supposed to be the release date for The Eternals. That movie is now coming out on February 12, 2021, instead.
The Rest Of Marvel’s Phase 4 Followed Suit
If the pattern hasn’t yet become clear, then the new release date for Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings will make it so. The new date for The Eternals was its original date. However, it’s now coming out on May 7, 2021, in place of Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness.
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness is then moving to November 5, 2021, in place of Thor: Love And Thunder, which in turn is going to come out on February 18, 2022. That date was originally for an untitled Marvel film.