Disney has postponed indefinitely the upcoming release of Black Widow as US theatres close down amid the coronavirus pandemic as it pushes back its entire May slate.
Black Widow had been scheduled to open on May 1 and stars Scarlett Johansson in the Avengers character’s first solo spin-off.
The studio has also put on hold releases of Searchlight Pictures’ The Personal History Of David Copperfield (May 8) and 20th Century Studios’ The Woman In The Window (May 15) “to future potential dates to be determined”.
Disney did not mention its summer releases after May 15. They include: Artemis Fowl on May 29; Pixar’s Soul on June 19; 20th Century Studio’s Free Guy on July 3; 20th Century Studio’s Bob’s Burgers on July 17; Jungle Cruise on July 24; Searchlight Pictures’ The French Dispatch on July 24; 20th Century Studio’s Empty Man on August 7; and The One And Only Ivan on August 14.
Yesterday AMC Theatres, Regal Cinemas and Alamo Drafthouse announced they were going dark in response to the virus. All cinemas in Los Angeles and New York were closed by order of each city’s mayor.
Separately Lionsgate has postponed the releases of Antebellum, Run and Spiral. Antebellum was set for release on April 24, Run for May 8, and Spiral for May 15.