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2020 Is Officially First Year Without A Marvel MCU Movie Since 2009 (Black Widow Delayed To 2021)

...and just like that...

Giphy Images.

…it's gone.

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.