Last week speculation began that Marvel Studios would need to delay the May 1st release of Black Widow due to the coronavirus, and as the situation is so fluid and changes minute-by-minute; it’s now pretty much set that they’re going to need to delay the movie even if it hasn’t been announced (yet).
Over the weekend, the CDC advised to postpone or cancel gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks. That means until the middle of May. That directly affects places such as movie theaters, which brings us to the next issue.
Also over the weekend both New York and Los Angeles ordered all movie theaters to close. This includes the highest-grossing theater in the entire country, and other cities have also closed their theaters. With theaters closed until at least the middle of May, the movie won’t be opening on its current release date.
I know a lot of people are asking if Disney could just release it on Disney+, but the company said they were committed to the theatrical experience when they delayed Mulan and New Mutants. Releasing one of their biggest movies of the year on streaming would drastically harm their relationship with theater chains when the businesses eventually reopen. Although we live in confusing times, so I’m not ruling anything out at this point.
Right now it’s just a matter of time until Disney officially announces what everyone knows about the Black Widow release date. They’re likely just trying to figure out when it’ll open before announcing anything. It could come today, or it could come a couple weeks for now, but as it stands right now Black Widow doesn’t have a movie theater to play in on May 1st.