Disney is making a lot of changes to its upcoming movie release dates in order to accommodate the delayed movies like Black Widow and Mulan. The Artemis Fowl movie, originally set to release on May 29th, is not releasing in the theatres but on Disney Plus later this summer.
Mulan will now release on July 24th, four months after the film was originally set to hit the theatres on March 27th. This move suggests that Disney believes that people will be going back to theaters by July to watch big blockbusters. Fox’s Free Guy, which stars Taika Waititi and Ryan Reynolds, will now release on December 11th instead of July 1st, and Jungle Cruise is now scheduled to release on July 30th, 2021.
Other notable delays from Disney include the fifth installment of the famous Indiana Jones movie going from July 9th, 2021 to July 29th, 2022, and Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch is moving from July 24th to October 16th. New Mutants, again doesn’t have a new release date.
In order for Disney to release Black Widow — the first movie in the MCU after the Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home — in 2020, a number of Marvel movies have shifted their dates, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Black Widow will now release on November 6th, which was originally scheduled for The Eternals. The Eternals will now release on February 12th, 2021, a spot originally scheduled for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
The release date bumping continues as such. Shang-Chi will now release on May 7th, 2021, which moves Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to November 5th, 2021. Thor: Love and Thunder will now release on February 28th, 2022. Black Panther 2’s May 8th, 2022 release date remains unchanged, but Captain Marvel will release two weeks early on July 8th, 2022.
“To avoid catastrophic losses to the studios, these titles must have the fullest possible theatrical release around the world,” an earlier statement from the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) reads. “While one or two releases may forgo theatrical release, it is our understanding from discussions with distributors that the vast majority of deferred releases will be rescheduled for theatrical release as life returns to normal.”
Artemis Fowl will be released on Disney Plus, the company’s streaming service. Disney previously made Frozen 2 available on Disney Plus three months early and moved Pixar’s Onward to digital retailers and Disney Plus early, as well.
What we’re seeing instead is studios like Disney — among others like Universal, Paramount, and Warner Bros. — starting to make pipeline decisions. The question for many of these studios is which films are likely to generate a good return on investment and which ones might perform better as digital and streaming exclusives.