Black Widow, The Eternals, and Other Marvel Studios Movies Land New Release Dates

Black Widow, The Eternals, Shang-Chi, and the rest receive new release dates.

After it was announced that Black Widow would be delayed, fans became worried that it wouldn't receive a theatrical release, despite Disney reportedly still pursuing one. Variety reported last month that Marvel Studios claimed pushing the release date of Black Widow back would not affect the MCU timeline.

Now, not only has a new release date for Black Widow been announced by Disney, but all of the movies on Marvel Studios’ upcoming slate also have new release dates in order to accommodate for the shift.​


Disney has made an official announcement that Black Widow will now be taking the release date of The Eternals, November 6, 2020. Additionally, The Eternals will now release on Feb. 12, 2021, Shang-Chi on May 7, 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on November 5, 2021, and Thor: Love And Thunder on Feb 18, 2022.

For now, Black Panther 2 is still set to release on May 6, 2022 and Captain Marvel 2 is now set to open July 8, 2022.


This will be the second biggest gap between MCU movie releases since The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2, which was 688 days. This gap between Spider-Man: Far From Home and Black Widow will be 493 days. Audiences are now forced to wait another six months for their MCU movie fill, creating almost a year and a half gap between Marvel Cinematic Universe film installments.

This delay could also be a benefit for certain movies, like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness which lost Scott Derrickson as director several months before shooting was to begin. Now that it has been delayed another six months, it could give Sam Raimi more time to craft his own vision for the movie.

There is currently no official word on if Marvel Studios' Disney+ series slate will be adjusted.

Here is an updated visual timeline for all of Marvel Studios' upcoming movies and shows:


Aeron Mer Eclarinal - I love it! This is good news and this will finally squander all the unnecessary rumors of Black Widow going into streaming. We have a jam-packed MCU schedule ahead of us. I don't know about you guys but this is worth the wait!

Pierre Chanliau - This outcome was entirely expected. It's not like they would have released BLACK WIDOW on streaming for just short-term income, when they could have gain so much more in the long-term. Also, it seems almost too appropriate that THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER was moved to just a few days after Valentine's Day.

Richard Nebens - LONG LIVE THE MCU!!! Even though it means we still have a 6 month wait for the release of Black Widow, the next couple years are going to be absolutely jam-packed. 8 movies between November 2020 and July 2022? Count me in!

Liam Crowley - Interesting to note that with Black Widow getting pushed to November 6, this will be the longest gap in theatrical releases for MCU movies (it will have been 493 days since Spider-Man: Far From Home) since the time between The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2 (693 days). Crazy to think it's been over a decade since we've had to wait this long!

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How does this release date shift affect your excitement level for the MCU's Phase 4?

I'm less excited since there's a longer wait. 14%
I'm less excited since there's a longer wait.
It doesn't alter my excitement level. 66%
It doesn't alter my excitement level.
It has me more excited! 21%
It has me more excited!