Disney sets new release date for Black Widow

Scarlett Johansson’s standalone superhero movie Black Widow will now be released in cinemas in November. The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) outing, which also stars Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz, was originally set to be relea…

Scarlett Johansson’s standalone superhero movie Black Widow will now be released in cinemas in November.

The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) outing, which also stars Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz, was originally set to be released on 1 May, but was shelved back in March and delayed indefinitely.

However, on Friday, Disney bosses released an extensive revision of their 2020-2021 schedule and announced Black Widow would open in cinemas on 6 November, replacing Eternals. All other MCU projects in the pipeline have been pushed back, with Eternals now opening on 12 February 2021, followed by Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, a project which has been temporarily halted mid-production, on 7 May 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on 5 November 2021, and then Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Panther 2, and Captain Marvel 2 in 2022.

Outside of Marvel films, Disney executives have also delayed the release of Jungle Cruise, starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, and Indiana Jones 5, featuring Harrison Ford, by almost a year later than expected. Ryan Reynolds’s action-comedy Free Guy has been pushed back from July to December and Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch has shifted from July to October.

In a surprising move, they announced sci-fi fantasy film Artemis Fowl, which was due to have a theatrical run from 29 May, will now premiere on Disney+, making it the studio’s first film to skip its cinema release entirely.

Other Disney properties such as The New Mutants, The Woman in the Window, Antlers, and The Personal History of David Copperfield remain without release dates.

However, Disney officials are yet to shift the release of their Pixar animation Soul, with it still being set to open on 19 June, although this is expected to change. They have also kept the release dates for Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake on 18 December and Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel on 25 December.

Most big studio releases have vacated their summer slot. One of the last holdouts, the Candyman reboot, was also moved from June to September by MGM/Universal bosses over the weekend, and film experts are now waiting for Warner Bros. officials to shift Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which is still set for release on 17 July.

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Scarlett Johansson: ‘Black Widow is big tonal shift from other Marvel films’

Scarlett Johansson has praised Kevin Feige for giving fans what they least expected and making her Black Widow movie a family drama.The Marriage Story actress joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow for Iron Man 2 in …

Scarlett Johansson has praised Kevin Feige for giving fans what they least expected and making her Black Widow movie a family drama.

The Marriage Story actress joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow for Iron Man 2 in 2010 and has been one of the mainstays of the franchise, with her appearing in all the Avengers movies until Natasha’s demise in last year’s Avengers: Endgame.

After many years of speculation, Johansson was finally given her own standalone Black Widow movie, which is set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. Unlike most other MCU instalments, the film is a family drama, focusing on her relationship with sister figure Yelena, played by Florence Pugh, and parent figures played by David Harbour and Rachel Weisz.

In an interview with Total Film magazine, Johansson praised Marvel boss Feige for subverting expectations and coming up with the family drama angle.

“I think part of Kevin Feige’s genius is that he always thinks about what fans expect out of these films and then gives them something that they never could’ve dreamed of,” she gushed. “The idea of Natasha Romanoff in a family drama is the least expected thing, and I had to wrap my head around what that was going to be because there’s such a big tonal shift.”

The 35-year-old shared that she wanted to make sure there was an emotional story to tell before agreeing to do a standalone film.

“I think from the very beginning when we first started talking about doing this standalone film, there was no reason to do it unless we could really dig deep and be brave and go there,” Johansson explained. “Having played this character for a decade, I wanted to make sure that it would feel artistically and creatively rewarding for me as well as the fans.”

Black Widow was due to be released in May, but is currently delayed indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic. According to Film Music Reporter, Marvel bosses have used the delay to replace composer Alexandre Desplat with Lorne Balfe.

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David Harbour blames Guillermo del Toro fans for Hellboy reboot flop

David Harbour believes his Hellboy reboot flopped because fans love Guillermo del Toro’s movies so much. The Shape of Water director helmed 2004’s Hellboy and its 2008 sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army, both starring Ron Perlman, and while he planned…

David Harbour believes his Hellboy reboot flopped because fans love Guillermo del Toro’s movies so much.

The Shape of Water director helmed 2004’s Hellboy and its 2008 sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army, both starring Ron Perlman, and while he planned to complete a trilogy, the third film was eventually scrapped.

The Stranger Things actor replaced Perlman in Neil Marshall’s Hellboy reboot, which was a critical and commercial flop when it was released last year.

Discussing the movie in an Instagram Live this week, Harbour insisted the film never stood a chance because fans of the character and Del Toro’s films were against the reboot from the outset.

“I think it failed before we began shooting because I think that people didn’t want us to make the movie,” Harbour said. “Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman created this iconic thing that we thought could be reinvented and then (fans) certainly – the loudness of the Internet was like, ‘We do not want you to touch this.’ And then we made a movie that I think is fun and I think had its problems but was a fun movie and then people were just very, very against it and that’s people’s right but I learned my lesson in a lot of different ways.”

The 44-year-old, who will soon be seen in Marvel’s upcoming movie Black Widow, previously told reporters at London’s MCM Comic-Con last year that the film had “major problems” but it was “unfairly bludgeoned as a result of (the) comparisons” to Marvel movies.

“We did our best, but there’s so many voices that go into these things and they’re not always going to work out,” he added. “I did what I could do and I feel proud of what I did, but ultimately I’m not in control of a lot of those things.”

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Black Widow release postponed amid coronavirus pandemic

Marvel bosses have indefinitely postponed the release of Black Widow due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.The hotly-anticipated standalone superhero movie, starring Scarlett Johansson, Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh and David Harbour, was due to be r…

Marvel bosses have indefinitely postponed the release of Black Widow due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

The hotly-anticipated standalone superhero movie, starring Scarlett Johansson, Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh and David Harbour, was due to be released on 1 May, but now has been pulled from the upcoming calendar by executives at Marvel Studios and Disney.

Many movie multiplexes across the U.S. have closed since the outbreak hit the country, with thousands of residents in cities including New York and Los Angeles going into self-isolation to avoid spreading the virus.

The events of Black Widow take place between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, and follow Johansson’s character Natasha Romanoff, a highly trained former-KGB assassin, who must confront the demons of her past to take down an evil new villain, the Taskmaster.

Dev Patel’s The Personal History of David Copperfield has also been pulled from schedules, along with The Woman in the Window, starring Amy Adams.

Producers at Disney have already been forced to delay the release of Niki Caro’s live-action Mulan, as well as The New Mutants and Antlers.

It’s not yet known how delaying Black Widow will affect the release of other Marvel movies, with The Eternals set to hit cinemas in November.

Multiple studios have pulled movies in wake of the coronavirus crisis, including Fast & Furious 9, No Time to Die, and A Quiet Place II.

More than 199,000 people have been infected with Covid-19, with almost 8,000 deaths, since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China back in December.

Italy, Spain, Iran, and the U.S. are some of the worst affected countries outside of China.

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Florence Pugh loved working with ‘magical’ Scarlett Johansson on Black Widow

Florence Pugh loved every second of working with “magical” Scarlett Johansson on the Black Widow spin-off movie.The 23-year-old British actress plays spy Yelena Belova in the upcoming Marvel blockbuster, which also stars David Harbour and Rachel Weisz….

Florence Pugh loved every second of working with “magical” Scarlett Johansson on the Black Widow spin-off movie.

The 23-year-old British actress plays spy Yelena Belova in the upcoming Marvel blockbuster, which also stars David Harbour and Rachel Weisz.

She opened up about the role in a Variety’s Actors on Actors chat with fellow actress, Beanie Feldstein.

“It was the most bizarre, nuts, extravaganza experience,” Florence shared. “I mean, the fact that I got to do a film with Scarlett was really magical. And the most beautiful and warm director, Cate Shortland, made it a unique and special experience.”

Marvel fans will have already seen Natasha Romanoff and her alter-ego Black Widow come to an untimely demise in Avengers: Endgame, which sees her sacrifice herself in an effort to save the world.

Florence is excited to see the reaction the spin-off movie receives when it’s released next year, and she told Beanie that the film will surprise audiences.

“I think we’ve made something very raw and very painful and very beautiful. I think people are going to be really surprised by the outcome of a big action film and it having that much heart,” she gushed. “It was special learning from Scarlett. And I know lots of people will obviously be emotional about her, because her character had such a horrid ending.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Florence sweetly revealed that she and her Little Women co-stars Saoirse Ronan and Eliza Scanlen would have sleepovers with Emma Watson while filming the period drama.

“I got to be best friends with the coolest girls,” she said. “Saoirse, Eliza and I were all living in a mews, and Emma was just down the road, and we’d do dinners and sleepovers and all that.”

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Scarlett Johansson promises ‘complex’ Black Widow movie

Scarlett Johansson is certain her experiences with motherhood will make her Marvel superhero Black Widow “more complex”.The highly-anticipated standalone spin-off movie – also starring David Harbour, Florence Pugh, and Rachel Weisz – was announced at C…

Scarlett Johansson is certain her experiences with motherhood will make her Marvel superhero Black Widow “more complex”.

The highly-anticipated standalone spin-off movie – also starring David Harbour, Florence Pugh, and Rachel Weisz – was announced at Comic-Con during the Marvel Studios presentation on Saturday.

Following the big reveal, Scarlett told reporters at Variety she “felt like a weight has been lifted”, and shortly after the appearance with her new castmates at the huge event in San Diego, the star was back on a plane to London, where filming is already underway.

Marvel fans have been clamouring for the assassin Natasha Romanoff to have her own film, and Scarlett explained in the interview that she’s pleased the movie has taken so long to begin production.

“I think I could have made the film 10 years ago, but it would have been a very different film,” the 34-year-old shared. “I think it probably would have been much more of a caricature of a person. I feel after living an extra 10 years and becoming a mother and you know, life and how it happens to you, I feel much more in myself and able to explore all the kind of things that make me uncomfortable and then just lay it out for you guys.”

Scarlett, who shares five-year-old daughter Rose with her ex-husband Romain Dauriac, thinks her life experiences will only benefit her portrayal of her much-loved character.

“It feels like I’m a stronger person by the fact that I have embraced my vulnerability,” she continued. “And I think that will make this version of the character really, hopefully, complex.”

Black Widow is reportedly set after the events of Captain America: Civil War and before Avengers: Infinity War, and will be directed by Cate Shortland. It is set to be released in May next year.

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David Harbour on Hellboy’s problems

David Harbour is proud of his work on the widely-panned Hellboy, but concedes the feature had its fair share of problems. The comic book anti-hero was first played by Ron Perlman back in 2004, and he returned for sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, i…

David Harbour is proud of his work on the widely-panned Hellboy, but concedes the feature had its fair share of problems.

The comic book anti-hero was first played by Ron Perlman back in 2004, and he returned for sequel, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, in 2008.

More than 10 years later, Hellboy returned to the big screen in a reboot released in April, with Stranger Things star Harbour as the titular character, and Neil Marshall taking over from Guillermo del Toro on directing duties.

However, the movie was derided by critics, and ended up being a box office bomb, making only $40 million (£31.6) worldwide on a $50 million (£39.5 million) budget.

Now, Harbour has confirmed that the reboot was hit by behind-the-scenes drama during the production, and the movie had “too many cooks in the kitchen”.

“We did our best, but there’s so many voices that go into these things and they’re not always going to work out. I did what I could do and I feel proud of what I did, but ultimately I’m not in control of a lot of those things,” the 44-year-old told Cinema Blend.

The movie was reportedly hit with multiple script re-writes, alleged clashes between director Marshall and producers Lawrence Gordon and Lloyd Levin, and even leading man Harbour walking off set numerous times.

The actor also blamed critics having “unfair expectations” of Hellboy by comparing it to the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise.

“So everybody goes chocolate is delicious and these guys make the best chocolate. So as you judge the movies, it’s like, ‘Well it’s not as chocolatey as this, this does not taste like chocolate at all’. And I sort of want a world where there’s more flavours than just comparisons to chocolate,” Harbour explained.

“So in that way when Hellboy is viewed on the chocolate spectrum, it does very poorly. That being said, it also has major problems.”

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Ron Perlman has ‘violent mixed emotions’ about new Hellboy movie

Actor Ron Perlman is not happy about the new Hellboy movie because he feels it has prevented director Guillermo del Toro completing his trilogy – with him as the star. Perlman played Mike Mignola’s graphic novel character in the first two Hellboy movi…

Actor Ron Perlman is not happy about the new Hellboy movie because he feels it has prevented director Guillermo del Toro completing his trilogy – with him as the star.

Perlman played Mike Mignola’s graphic novel character in the first two Hellboy movies, both directed by the Oscar winner, but Stranger Things star David Harbour has stepped in to play Hellboy in Neil Marshall’s new film – and the veteran actor is not thrilled.

“I have mixed feelings, really mixed feelings, violently mixed feelings, because of the fact that Guillermo fought for seven years to get me to be the Hellboy against all odds, and against all wishes of the studios, he really had doors slammed in his face for seven years by wanting to have me do it,” Ron tells MailOnline.

“So the fact that we got it made and then we got a second one made, and then the second one was so set up for the third one there seemed to be a natural trajectory to the evolution of this title.

“When we fell short of getting the third one made and the producers found a way to continue using the title, but in a completely different way, I found that to be going against the tides of the universe, and so I said I’ll wait for Guillermo to want to finish the trilogy, that’s the only thing I’m interested in doing… The only thing that’s important to me is to finish what we started, which is the third film, so those are my thoughts.”

The 68 year old adds, “I put up a very public fight to try to whip everybody into saying it was Hellboy 3 or nothing, and I found out it wasn’t Hellboy 3 or nothing; it was Hellboy 3 or somebody just wanting to go into a different direction.”

But Perlman has no ill will towards the new Hellboy star, revealing he met Harbour for dinner just before filming started.

“I told him to have a lot of fun because if you can’t have fun playing Hellboy then you shouldn’t be in the business,” Ron recalls. “I still wish him well. He seems like a really good guy.”

The new Hellboy movie opens on Friday (12Apr19).

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Milla Jovovich felt sorry for Hellboy star David Harbour

Model-turned-actress Milla Jovovich felt sorry for her Hellboy co-star David Harbour, because he had to wander around the set in heavy prosthetics all day. The Resident Evil star, who plays witch The Blood Queen in the latest big screen adaptation of …

Model-turned-actress Milla Jovovich felt sorry for her Hellboy co-star David Harbour, because he had to wander around the set in heavy prosthetics all day.

The Resident Evil star, who plays witch The Blood Queen in the latest big screen adaptation of Mike Mignola’s graphic novel, switched from playing the bad girl to becoming a movie mum in between takes as she tried to make sure her leading man was as comfortable as possible.

“Poor David, he had like 40 pounds of prosthetics on at all times,” she tells Good Morning America. “Poor guy, by the end of the day, with those horns, he would just be sitting with his head in his hands and I would come up and I’d give him a massage.

“He couldn’t (even) sit on a normal chair, because of everything (he was wearing)…, so I would run and grab him an apple box in between takes, because usually I didn’t have shoes on for most of the movie, so I could get around really quickly.”

Milla also reveals she struggled to tell Harbour and his stunt double apart: “When stunt doubles are dressed in complete costume like that, you literally can’t tell them apart,” she chuckles. “The funniest thing is to see, like, two Hellboys at the craft table, eating potato chips, grabbing a coffee, just like chilling in between takes.”

Stranger Things star Harbour admits playing Hellboy was a tiring experience as he would have to get up at 2.30am for a three-hour makeup session, which began at 3am.

“I’d get about five hours of sleep and then I’d have to be in makeup,” he explains. “I’d sit there with my earbuds in, listening to music, as these people would go to work on my face, delicately tapping the prosthetics down with their fingers.

“It was like getting a facial from an army of ants.”

The process became so comfortable, David started getting a little extra sleep as the makeup experts went to town: “I’d be sitting there snoring as they did their thing.”

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Rachel Weisz in talks for Black Widow standalone movie

Rachel Weisz is reportedly in negotiations to join Scarlett Johansson in the Black Widow standalone film. The British actress, who was nominated for an Oscar this year (19) for her role in The Favourite, is in early talks to join the Marvel movie but…

Rachel Weisz is reportedly in negotiations to join Scarlett Johansson in the Black Widow standalone film.

The British actress, who was nominated for an Oscar this year (19) for her role in The Favourite, is in early talks to join the Marvel movie but a deal has not yet been completed, according to Variety. It is not known what character she would play.

If she boards the project, Weisz will join Johansson as Russian spy-turned-Avenger Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Fighting with my Family’s Florence Pugh, who is thought to be playing a spy on the same level as Romanoff, and Stranger Things star David Harbour, who was also revealed to have joined in an unknown capacity on Wednesday (03Apr19).

The film is scheduled to begin shooting in London in June. It is being directed by Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland, known for projects such as Lore, Somersault, and Berlin Syndrome, produced by Marvel boss Kevin Feige, and written by Jac Schaeffer.

Black Widow will mark Johansson’s ninth time playing the character. It is unclear if the film will be an origin story, following how Romanoff made the switch from Russian assassin trained by the KGB to S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and Avenger, or if it will take place after the events of the upcoming Avengers: Endgame, which is set to be released later this month.

If Weisz does join the cast, it will mark her first time in a superhero flick. The 49-year-old has been mostly working in independent film of late, with recent projects including Disobedience, My Cousin Rachel and The Lobster, although she has previously appeared in franchise movies like The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, and The Bourne Legacy.

It is looking like a busy spring and summer for Harbour, whose turn as Hellboy in a new reboot is released in cinemas later this month. He is also reprising his role as policeman Jim Hopper in season three of Stranger Things, which drops on Netflix in July.

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