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Can the box office not catch a break? Unfortunately not it would seem. Last week it was announced that the release of horror film Candyman and hotly-anticipated DC instalment, Wonder Woman 1984, would be put on hold until at least 2021. Unfortunately more bad news has come through from Disney, as it has announced further delays to its lineup of key releases.

The most upsetting is the further postponement of origin story, Black Widow, which was rescheduled for November 6 in the US. Due to the closing of cinemas in some costal areas thanks to a second wave, as well as a disappointing opening for Tenet, the film will now drop on May 7, 2021. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is notorious for interconnecting its stories meaning that forthcoming hero films such as Eternals will also be pushed back until November 5, 2021.

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Kumail Nanijani who fronts the film tweeted in support for the date change, saying, “Eternals delayed to Nov 5, 2021. Marvel made the right & responsible decision. There’s a pandemic. Nothing is more important than health & lives. I can’t tell ppl to go to a movie theater until I feel safe going to one. Take care of yourselves. I promise it’ll be worth the wait!”

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Other Disney-led films which will see a postponement is Death on the Nile – the follow up to 2017 hit Murder on the Orient Express – from October 23 to a a new premiere date of December 18, 2020. Spielberg’s first venture in to musicals, West Side Story, will now cop a massive hit and be pushed back one full year to December 18, 2021. Thriller Deepwater won’t drop this November either, and will see a release on August 13, 2021.

Unfortunately, these dates could move again. Stay tuned for any further developments.

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