Black Widow Delayed by Marvel as Coronavirus Spreads

Lawrence Kim
March 17, 2020

For over a decade in the MCU, Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff has tried to make up for the "red in her ledger".

Black Widow is the latest studio release to be pushed due to the growing coronavirus concerns.

For a decade, Black Widow has been an integral part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Regal announced they were shutting down their theaters on March 17th and "would remain closed until further notice".

Soon it was decided that Johansson's Black Widow would die in a much quieter and more emotional sequence with Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye, which saw her sacrifice herself in order for him to attain the Soul Stone. Regardless, the House of Mouse held off on pulling Black Widow until it became clear that the crisis won't be over by the end of April. The studio has no reason to leave those millions on the table. If reports are to believed then the much-awaited film Black Widow is made on a budget of 150 million and 200 million dollars, and the makers can not afford to bear losses if the Scarlett Johansson starrer does not pull in the expected film audiences into theatres.

As per news reports, Disney has postponed the release of The New Mutants and Antlers and Mulan, which was expected to do great business at the box office. Helmed by Cate Shortland with a screenplay penned by Eric Pearson, is set after the events of 2016's Captain America: Civil War in which Black Widow finds herself on the run from the law thanks to her aid to Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes.

We have reached out to Disney for comment, but did not hear back at the time of publication.

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