Disney has announced a huge batch of new release dates for their spring and summer releases that were upended by the global pandemic of the coronavirus outbreak that just passed over one million infected people.
Titles have been moved to later in the year, some to 2021 and even 2022. Mulan has been pushed to July 24, 2020, opening on the date previously held by Jungle Cruise, starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, will be released on June 20, 2021. Black Widow will now open November 6 from its previous May debut.
Artemis Fowl, based on the best-selling young adult novels, was originally scheduled for a May 29 release but has been moved over to stream exclusively at Disney+ and will forgo a traditional theatrical release.
Ryan Reynolds’ action comedy Free Guy (20th Century) has moved from August 3, 2020 to December 11, 2020. Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, from Searchlight, shifted from July 24, 2020 to October 16, 2020.
The already long-delayed The New Mutants plus Woman in the Window, Antlers and The Personal History of David Copperfield are currently without new release dates.
Looking at Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, the release dates for the next two years look like this: The Eternals on February 12, 2021, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on May 7, 2021, Doctor Strange 2 on November 5, 2021 and Thor: Love and Thunder on February 18, 2021. Black Panther 2 stays on May 6, 2022, and Captain Marvel 2 lands on July 8, 2022.
For now, Disney is keeping release dates for Pixar’s Soul on June 19, 20th Century’s West Side Story on December 18 and 20th Century’s The Last Duel on December 25.
Indiana Jones 5, in which Harrison Ford will return, was initially heading for summer of 2021, has moved to August 29, 2022.