Disney made major changes to its release schedule, giving new dates to Black Widow and Mulan, and moving Artemis Fowl’s release to Disney+.
The new dates have set a domino effect in place, with the movement of Black Widow shuffling all of the dates for new MCU films and moving around two big upcoming Disney films.
According to Deadline, Mulan, which is already a locked print and had its world premiere in Hollywood earlier this March, will now open on July 24. That was previously the date for Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt’s Jungle Cruise, so that film will now move to next year, July 30, 2021.
In the world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Widow, whose May 1 debut was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, will now move to November 6. That new Black Widow slot is The Eternals’ old debut date, meaning that The Eternals will now premiere on February 12, 2021 — Shang-Chi’s previous date.
Shang-Chi will now occupy Doctor Strange 2’s old date of May 7, 2021, with Doctor Strange 2 moving to Thor: Love and Thunder’s previous date of November 5, 2021. Thor: Love And Thunder will move to February. 18, 2022. Black Panther 2 remains on track for a May 8, 2022 release, with Captain Marvel 2 now set for July 8, 2022
In addition to Black Widow’s new release date setting off a chain reaction in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Disney will also be moving not only the premiere date but the premiere place of Artemis Fowl.
The live-action feature film was previously scheduled for a theatrical release in the U.S. on May 29, 2020, but will now debut exclusively on Disney+, with a release date to be announced soon.
“With audiences largely unable to attend theatres in the current environment, we are thrilled to offer the premiere of Artemis Fowl on Disney+,” said Ricky Strauss, President, Content & Marketing, Disney+. “Director Kenneth Branagh and his spectacular cast take viewers right into the vibrant, fantasy world of the beloved book, which fans have been waiting to see brought to life onscreen for years. It’s great family entertainment that is the perfect addition to Disney+’s summer lineup.”