...and just like that...
For the first time (this is insane) since 2009, we will have an entire calendar year without a movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The gap between 'The Incredible Hulk' and 'Iron Man 2' was the previous longest gap, and now the days-gap between 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' and 'Black Widow' will be a whopping 675 days, as the latter moves to May 7th, 2021.
'Black Widow' will also cause the delay of two other movies, as well:
- Black Widow: November 6th, 2020 → May 7th, 2021
- Eternals: February 21st, 2021 → November 5th, 2021
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: May 7th, 2021 → July 9th, 2021
There are a few interesting notes to come from all of this:
1) 'Shang-Chi' now leapfrogs 'Eternals', so there must not be much connecting those movies
-- That isn't exactly a shock, but just something worth noting
2) Marvel is still planning to release 'WandaVision' on Disney+ this fall
-- Here is the recently released trailer:
3) This might mean 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier' gets delayed
-- Rumors say the series connects to 'Black Widow', which would have a delay make sense
Over at Lights Camera Barstool, we've stood pretty firm on the idea that a delay for Marvel is a good thing. Star Wars got burned by over-exposure, and Marvel, despite god-level success from 'Avengers: Endgame' to wrap the Infinity Saga, was in the same lane of risking that as well. A nearly two-year gap between MCU movies will be a nice reset so fans don't feel burned out by the franchise.
What they have in store is exciting, weird, different, and incredibly intriguing. I am a Marvel fan, so of course, I am excited, but I also don't want the same old stuff anymore.
Is the delay disappointing? For sure. Will it be a good thing? I think so.
See you in 2021, Marvel movies.