2020 has been filled with ups and downs as many movies have been delayed multiple times. After the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home in July 2019, the next MCU project and first official release of Phase Four was the much anticipated Black Widow. Originally slated for May 1, 2020, the release was pushed back to November 6, 2020. Unfortunately, the movie was once again delayed to May 7, 2021, a whole year after its initial release date. There was speculation about a potential release on Disney Plus. Those rumors were retconned with the announcement of the new official release.
In an interview with Marie Claire, Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson commented on the most recent delay:
We are living in a world where the timeline of safely having large pubic gatherings is still uncertain. We can be reassured from Scarlett’s quote that the priority of Marvel Studios is to make sure the fans can view the movie in theaters when it is possible.
While we may have to wait a bit longer, anticipation for Natasha Romanoff’s first solo outing is high. The new official phase four opener will be WandaVision starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany on Disney Plus.
Black Widow will remain the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film to be released in 2021. The final trailer can be viewed here.