Disney lately shuffled round its theatrical launch schedule for 2020/2021 and the largest franchise impacted, by far, was the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Black Widow, which had been scheduled to arrive in May as the primary Phase four entry within the MCU, had beforehand been delayed. Given the uncertainty with when theaters will reopen around the globe, Natasha Romanoff’s solo debut has been pushed to November. And with that, the MCU might be breaking a long-running custom for the primary time in almost a decade.
The MCU formally kicked off in 2008 when each Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk had been launched. Since the gears had been simply getting shifting on the entire shared cinematic universe at that time, 2009 become a hole 12 months. Iron Man 2 arrived in 2010 as the one MCU film that 12 months. Ever since then, we have been handled to not less than two titles per 12 months within the franchise with 2011 bringing us each Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. That led to the conclusion of what we now know as Phase 1 in 2012’s The Avengers.
2012 was the final 12 months that just one Marvel Studios film was launched. With Black Widow moved to November 6, the date initially held by Eternals, which shifted to February 12, 2021, the date initially held by Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. That means, for the primary time since 2012, we’re solely going to have one MCU film arrive in 2020. This was not the intent, as Disney was trying to maintain the ball rolling following the success of Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Far From Home final 12 months. Unfortunately, the state of affairs at hand compelled these delays.
Following The Avengers, Marvel Studios settled into a sample of two films per 12 months up till 2017, when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok all hit theaters. Since then, it has been three films annually, with 2021 and 2022 each set to ramp issues up even additional with 4 MCU entries every. 2021 will see Eternals, the at present untitled Spider-Man 3, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Doctor Strange within the Multiverse of Madness. 2022, in the meantime, has Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2 and a at present unnamed film, which can belong to the beforehand introduced Blade reboot. The query is, will this 4 film a 12 months sample stick? And will folks nonetheless present up for 4 MCU films annually?
The Black Widow film is a prequel set after the occasions of Captain America: Civil War and earlier than Avengers: Infinity War. It provides Scarlett Johansson’s fan-favorite character a long-overdue solo entry, directed by Cate Shortland. Unfortunately, followers will want to wait a little bit longer to see Natasha’s huge display journey unfold. But 2020 belongs fully to Black Widow now. The up to date launch dates come to us instantly from Marvel.com.