MCU: 2020 Will Be the First Year in Over a Decade Without a Single Marvel Studios Movie

by Jeremy Spirogis
The Marvel Studios booth at the D23 Expo

Marvel Studios was at all times going to alter its technique after Avengers: Endgame. After all, the following few years will function practically as many Marvel-produced Disney+ sequence as films. But within the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is hitting a pace bump nobody might have predicted in 2020.

The Marvel Studios booth at the D23 Expo
The Marvel Studios sales space on the D23 Expo | ROBYN BECK/AFP through Getty Images

The MCU faces a crossroads after ‘Avengers: Endgame’

For greater than 10 years, Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Chris Evans’ Captain America led the MCU. While the 2 Avengers leaders weren’t featured in each film, they had been the twin faces of the franchise. Avengers: Endgame resolved the lingering risk of Thanos (Josh Brolin) and the Infinity Stones in addition to supplied Iron Man and Cap with good exits.

As such, Phase Four of the MCU sees the in-universe world regulate to a brand new lifestyle. Half the universe already spent 5 years snapped from existence. Now current heroes corresponding to Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) will probably must band along with new additions like Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) and She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany).

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‘Black Widow’ has been delayed till May 2021

After Spider-Man: Far From Home’s July 2019 launch, Black Widow was set to kick off Phase Four in May 2020. Scarlett Johansson’s in style hero lastly will get the prospect to hold her personal film, which inducts Oscar nominee Florence Pugh into the MCU. But the pandemic has frequently led the film to be pushed additional down on the schedule.

Now Marvel introduced Black Widow will arrive on May 7, 2021, as a substitute of its earlier Nov. 6, 2020 date. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings strikes from that May 2021 date to July 9, 2021. And Eternals jumps from Feb. 12, 2021 to Nov. 5, 2021.

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Now MCU followers will go virtually two complete years between films

Although the continued public well being disaster takes priority, the information is undoubtedly disappointing to MCU followers. Moreover, Black Widow‘s transfer to 2021 marks the longest the MCU has gone with no theatrical launch since 2010. By its launch, practically two years could have handed with no MCU film.

After 2008’s Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, Marvel Studios sat out 2009 to develop 2010’s Iron Man 2 and the remainder of Phase 1. Every yr since 2010, the MCU has launched wherever from one to a few films. With the brand new Phase Four line-up, Marvel will launch 4 movies every year in 2021 and 2022.

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