Well, there it is. Disney has gone and done it, pulling Black Widow off its May 1st release date. This was inevitable following news that AMC and Regal theaters would be closing down for up to 12 weeks because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
So what happens now? Variety has no further information on when Black Widow might turn up, but the possibility exists the entire MCU slate will need to shift. We could see Black Widow move to Eternals‘ slot in November, then Eternals taking over Shang-Chi, and so forth. Basically, each production move down a notch, and presumably the Disney+ shows would follow because they are so closely tied together.
It’s clear Disney doesn’t think this entire quarantine situation will be resolved by the time May comes around. Gambling with Marvel’s successful track record is something they aren’t willing to do and who can blame them? Just know that if Disney is willing to take a Marvel movie totally off the board, other studios will soon follow. Look out, Wonder Woman 1984.