In news that was as inevitable as Thanos, Marvel officially announced today that Black Widow will be delayed given the current global health crisis. In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, many – if not all – major theatrical releases are being pulled from their original release dates. Of course, Disney had been holding back on this one, but this afternoon word came out that Scarlett Johansson’s first solo outing in the MCU has been delayed indefinitely.
The other delays were bad enough, but this one has got Marvel fans everywhere reeling. Given how meticulously the studio plans out their release date schedules, many are wondering about the larger repercussions of Black Widow being delayed. Not to mention it’s just a huge bummer to have to wait even longer for Natasha Romanoff’s own movie, as we’ve already been waiting a whole decade as it is. In short, the internet’s kinda freaking out.
COVID-19 – you’ve gone too far this time.
black widow is officially getting pushed back and we don’t know the new release date the coronavirus has gone too far pic.twitter.com/h6UlJfLiHS
— alex (@loventhunders) March 17, 2020
We all knew this would happen, but it doesn’t make it any easier to find out.
— Amanda (@prisma8slg) March 17, 2020
We all hate it here!
black widow and the woman in the window being pushed back…I HATE IT HERE!!!!!!!!!!
— bailey (@emilia_cIarkes) March 17, 2020
THEY DELAYED BLACK WIDOW IM GONNA SCREAM
— m ︽✵︽ ik (@bellatrixisme) March 17, 2020
This monkey is all of us.
— Terence Robinson (@TJFutureCPA) March 17, 2020
Things just got worse.
— ethan lowe (@ethannlowe) March 17, 2020
Why?! What did we do to you, coronavirus?
— Sean the Mondasian Cyberman (@WhoPotterVian) March 17, 2020
Still, this is only the second worst thing to happen to Nat in the past year. Hint: number one involves a cliff…
Maybe the 2nd worst thing to happen to Black Widow in a year https://t.co/Bx3UbCddXM
— Kenny D (@Kenny3DD) March 17, 2020
Others, though, are trying to remain positive. There’s no point releasing it now – it’s much better to wait until the world has got over the worst of this pandemic and fans can enjoy the opening installment of Phase 4 together.
Not surprised at the delay, still sad, but the #BlackWidow movie should be pushed back until all of us fans can enjoy it together without putting anyone’s or our own safety in jeopardy. Stay safe and healthy everyone! We’ll all get to see the film soon 🙂
— Black Widow (@BWScript) March 17, 2020
As said above, Marvel has yet to assign a new release date for Black Widow, unlike other delayed films such as No Time to Die and F9. Fans seem to be in agreement that a shift to late summer would be best, but we’ll have to see whether the studio agrees. For now, we just need to sit tight and keep ourselves safe until we get to watch the movie.