Like the arrival of Thanos, this too was inevitable. Disney has postponed the release of three big 2020 films; Mulan, The New Mutants, and Antlers, for the exact reason you’re thinking. Yep, the coronavirus that has ripped the world apart and made mincemeat of the entertainment industry. Disney still hopes to open each film in 2020, but nothing can be certain with the situation evolving so rapidly.
Mulan is the biggest and nearest of the three movies, as the live-action remake was set to debut on March 27th. Screenings in L.A. had already been held, with the early reviews trending very positive for Disney. Early estimates were strong, as well, with a $90M opening weekend projected. As we saw with MGM’s costly move of No Time to Die, this is going to hit Disney in the pocketbook pretty hard.
The New Mutants was set to open on April 3rd, after a long series of delays that had nothing to do with the virus outbreak. The final movie in Fox’s long-running X-Men franchise may end up moving to streaming, after all, as had been rumored for months. The Guillermo Del Toro-produced horror Antlers was set to debut on April 17th.
With Disney shutting down Disneyland theme park, it was only a matter of time before this move happened. Marvel’s Black Widow remains unaffected, and with a release a bit further off in May there’s time to wait.