As Disney Pushes ‘Black Widow’ and More, Theaters Mull Weeks of Empty Screens

As Disney Pushes ‘Black Widow’ and More, Theaters Mull Weeks of Empty Screens
The delay of Marvel’s “Black Widow” from its November 6 release to May 7, 2021 worldwide was unsurprising, but Disney’s most recent reset is stunning in its implications. The good news is Disney didn’t move new titles to Disney+ or Hulu, and it still will release five more titles this year (four of those from Fox or from Searchlight; none expected to be blockbusters). And then there’s the bad news.

Worldwide Impact on Theaters: Devastating

While the industry expected a delay for “Black Widow,” it didn’t expect one that would last six months. With a similar push for “Eternals,” that means more than a year without a Marvel title; with the loss of “West Side Story,” “The King’s Man,” and “Deep Water,” theaters face starvation rations for the rest of 2020.

Box-office revenue, and the customers who buy concessions, are effectively delayed until November 20 (“No Time to Die” and
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