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Disney moves ‘Black Widow’ to the fall, ‘Mulan’ to July in release date shakeup

Disney has announced its new release dates amid the coronavirus pandemic

This image released by Disney/Marvel Studios shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from “Black Widow,” which is scheduled to be released in July.
Scarlett Johansson in a scene from “Black Widow.” The Walt Disney Co. on Friday overhauled its release schedule, moving the dates of half a dozen Marvel movies. “Black Widow,” which had been set to kick off the summer movie season, will now open Nov. 6.
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Disney has made some major shifts to its movie release dates as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to multiple reports.

What’s happening:

Disney announced the new release dates for a slew of upcoming films, causing a “chain reaction” to all of the studios’ films, according to Deadline.

  • “Mulan” will open July 24.
  • “Jungle Cruise” will open July 30, 2021.
  • “Black Widow” will open on Nov. 6, taking the spot of “The Eternals.”
  • “The Eternals” moves to Feb. 12, 2021, taking the spot of Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings.”
  • “Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings” moves to May 7, 2021, taking the spot of “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”
  • “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” moves to Nov. 5, 2021, taking the spot of “Thor: Love and Thunder.”
  • “Thor: Love and Thunder” moves to Feb. 18, 2022, taking the spot of an untitled Marvel film.
  • “Black Panther 2” will hold for May 6, 2022.
  • “Captain Marvel 2” is set for July 8, 2022.
  • “Indiana Jones 5” moves from summer 2021 to July 29, 2022.
  • Pixar’s “Soul” stays at June 19
  • “West Side Story” stays at Dec. 18.
  • “The Last Duel” stays at Dec. 25.
  • “Artemis Fowl” — set to be released on May 29, 2020 — will be released straight to Disney Plus.

Multiple studios shift gears

Universal Studios and Sony have also made major release moves for their movies. Warner Bros., MGM, and Paramount have all made similar moves.

On Friday, Universal announced two of its films would switch dates, too.

  • “Candyman” moves from June 12, 2020, to Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.
  • “Praise This” was going to be released on Sept. 25, 2020, but its release will be rescheduled at a later time.