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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Patty Jenkins reflects on decision to exit Thor: The Dark World

Patty Jenkins is “super grateful” she didn’t end up directing Thor: The Dark World.The Monster filmmaker was confirmed to helm the sequel to 2011 Marvel superhero movie Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, but just three months into deve…

Patty Jenkins is “super grateful” she didn’t end up directing Thor: The Dark World.

The Monster filmmaker was confirmed to helm the sequel to 2011 Marvel superhero movie Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, but just three months into development, she exited the project, citing “creative differences”.

Reflecting on the move in a new interview with Vanity Fair, Jenkins recalled how she was uncomfortable with the film’s proposed script and the scrutiny she felt as a woman.

“I did not believe that I could make a good movie out of the script that they were planning on doing,” she stated. “I think it would have been a huge deal – it would have looked like it was my fault. It would’ve looked like, ‘Oh my God, this woman directed it and she missed all these things.'”

Marvel producers subsequently handed directing duties on Thor 2 over to Alan Taylor. And Jenkins is adamant she made the right decision.

“That was the one time in my career where I really felt like, do this with (another director) and it’s not going to be a big deal. And maybe they’ll understand it and love it more than I do,” the 48-year-old shared. “You can’t do movies you don’t believe in. The only reason to do it would be to prove to people that I could. But it wouldn’t have proved anything if I didn’t succeed. I don’t think that I would have gotten another chance. And so, I’m super grateful.”

Jenkins went on to direct Wonder Woman for DC Comics in 2017. A sequel, also featuring Gal Gadot in the titular role, is set to be released in August.

Meanwhile, Taika Waititi was tapped to direct 2017 hit Thor: Ragnarok and is also making a new film, Thor: Love and Thunder, which is scheduled to hit cinemas in November 2021.

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Daniel Craig dreamed of playing Superman when he was younger

Daniel Craig dreamed of playing superheroes such as Superman and Spider-Man when he was growing up.Despite a lengthy Hollywood career, the 52-year-old actor is best known for portraying the super spy James Bond, with him making his debut as 007 in 2006…

Daniel Craig dreamed of playing superheroes such as Superman and Spider-Man when he was growing up.

Despite a lengthy Hollywood career, the 52-year-old actor is best known for portraying the super spy James Bond, with him making his debut as 007 in 2006’s Casino Royale.

However, when asked if he had ever envisioned playing the MI6 agent during make-believe games in his youth, he confessed Bond was never on his radar as he was into comic book superheroes.

“People are always saying to me, ‘You must have dreamed of playing James Bond when you were a kid.’ The answer is no. I never did,” Craig told Saga magazine. “I dreamed of being all sorts of other things – Superman, Spider-Man, the Invisible Man, even a good old-fashioned cowboy. But not Bond so much, which seems ironic now.”

Since his debut as 007 in 2006, Craig has appeared in Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Spectre, and makes his fifth and final outing as Bond in No Time to Die, which was due to be released in April but has been postponed until November amid the coronavirus crisis.

Despite not dreaming of playing the MI6 agent when he was younger, the Knives Out star is grateful for his run as the iconic character.

“I’ve been lucky enough to land one of the best roles in movies. There’s been no downside to playing Bond,” he stated.

No Time to Die, which also stars Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris, and Ana de Armas, is set to cinemas on 12 November.

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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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Production on Marvel’s Shang-Chi suspended over coronavirus fears

Production on Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has been suspended as director Destin Daniel Cretton has isolated himself amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Just Mercy director was in the middle of filming the movie, starring …

Production on Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has been suspended as director Destin Daniel Cretton has isolated himself amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Just Mercy director was in the middle of filming the movie, starring Simu Liu as Marvel’s first superhero of Asian descent, in Australia when he decided to get tested for Covid-19 as a precaution. He has been advised to step away from the production and self-isolate while he awaits the results.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie is not shutting down entirely, and second unit and other production elements will continue working.

“As many of you know, Destin, our director, has a newborn baby. He wanted to exercise additional caution given the current environment and decided to get tested for Covid-19 today. He is currently self-isolating under the recommendation of his doctor,” a note sent to the crew on set reads. “While he waits for the results of the test, we are suspending first unit production in an abundance of caution until he gets the results this coming week. Second unit and off production will continue as normal. We will reach out to everyone by Tuesday for the latest update… This is an unprecedented time. We appreciate everyone’s understanding as we work through this.”

Liu addressed the news on social media, telling his followers, “Grateful to work for a company that is proactive, cautious and empathetic during this difficult time. Everyone is in good spirits as we continue to work towards making an incredible film.”

The coronavirus, which has infected more than 135,000 people and resulted in over 4,900 deaths, has affected a number of film productions, such as Tom Hanks’s Elvis Presley biopic, which was also shooting in Australia. The production was shut down after Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week.

On Thursday, production on Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas’s movie Official Competition was halted in Spain in accordance with new measures put in place by the Spanish authorities to curb the spread of the virus.

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Kumail Nanjiani passed up minor Marvel roles to fulfil superhero dreams

Kumail Nanjiani turned down small parts in Marvel movies because he was determined to star as a superhero in one.The 42-year-old, who plays immortal being Kingo in the upcoming comic book adaptation of Eternals, revealed in an interview with Men’s Heal…

Kumail Nanjiani turned down small parts in Marvel movies because he was determined to star as a superhero in one.

The 42-year-old, who plays immortal being Kingo in the upcoming comic book adaptation of Eternals, revealed in an interview with Men’s Health magazine that he wanted to follow in the footsteps of fellow comedy actors Chris Pratt and Paul Rudd, who have carved out successful Marvel careers.

After he was passed over for a part in Marvel’s TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Kumail was determined not to be cast in nerdy sidekick roles, so decided to wait until a bigger part came his way.

“It was a pipe dream, but I was very strategic about it. I was like, ‘I don’t want to be just part of a Marvel movie; I want to be a Marvel superhero,'” he explained.

The Big Sick star appears alongside Angelina Jolie, Kit Harington and Richard Madden in Eternals, and his character is part of a group of cosmic-powered beings who are sworn to protect Earth.

Kumail’s superhero character Kingo disguises his powers by becoming a successful Bollywood star, and he confessed that he based his performance on Bruce Willis’ iconic role as wry police officer John McClane from 1988’s Die Hard, which is one of his favourite films.

“That movie’s life-or-death, and Eternals is life-or-death, too. I was like, ‘How can a character crack wise but still have tension, and not make it feel like you’re making fun of the whole thing?'” he explained.

Eternals will hit cinemas in November.

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Chris Evans and Scott Derrickson joining forces for Bermuda – report

Chris Evans is reportedly circling the lead role in Scott Derrickson’s upcoming Bermuda Triangle thriller.The Doctor Strange director dropped out of making Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences in January. However, Der…

Chris Evans is reportedly circling the lead role in Scott Derrickson’s upcoming Bermuda Triangle thriller.

The Doctor Strange director dropped out of making Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences in January. However, Derrickson has now found his next project, with editors at Variety reporting that he has signed on to rewrite and direct Bermuda, with fellow Marvel star Evans reportedly in the frame for the lead.

Plot details for the movie are top secret, but it will be set in the mysterious patch of the Caribbean where planes and ships have gone missing over the years.

Derrickson retweeted the news and told his Twitter followers he was thrilled to be reuniting with his writing partner C. Robert Cargill to redraft the script.

“Very happy to be back writing with my genius partner @Massawyrm – more news soon to come,” he wrote.

The project has been in development at Skydance since 2013, with Spider-Man director Sam Raimi circling the film at one stage. Coincidentally, Raimi is now helming the Doctor Strange sequel following Derrickson’s departure.

After the news was announced, screenwriters and producers Mark Swift and Damian Shannon tweeted, “To clarify, this is an original project of ours we set up at @skydance almost a decade ago. It’s a story we’ve always been passionate about and we know @scottderrickson and @Massawyrm and @ChrisEvans are gonna hit it out of the park. We need more original movies! #bermudatriangle.”

Derrickson will also executive produce Bermuda alongside producers David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Bonnie Curtis, and Julie Lynn.

Evans is yet to confirm his involvement in the project. He was recently seen in Rian Johnson’s whodunnit Knives Out and will soon star in Apple TV series Defending Jacob. He is also attached to play dentist Orin Scrivello in the Little Shop of Horrors remake.

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Kumail Nanjiani took Bollywood dance lessons to prepare for Eternals

Kumail Nanjiani took Bollywood dance lessons to prepare for his role in Marvel’s superhero movie Eternals.The 42-year-old stars alongside Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden and Kit Harington in the upcoming comic book adaptation, which focuses…

Kumail Nanjiani took Bollywood dance lessons to prepare for his role in Marvel’s superhero movie Eternals.

The 42-year-old stars alongside Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden and Kit Harington in the upcoming comic book adaptation, which focuses on the Eternals, a group of immortal aliens who have been living on Earth for more than 7,000 years.

In a recent interview on Deadline’s New Hollywood podcast, Kumail revealed that he took Bollywood dance lessons to prepare for a huge scene in the upcoming movie which involves his character, Kingo, strutting his stuff.

“A lot of it takes place in the present day,” he explained. “My character, for instance, is like ‘OK we’re supposed to keep a low profile, no one should know.’ So I become a Bollywood movie star, that’s my secret identity.”

“We’re supposed to keep quiet and I’ve become the biggest Bollywood movie star,” Kumail laughed, before adding that he had to undergo tough training for the Bollywood number alongside more than 50 South Asian dancers.

“I was like, we went from, like, none of us, to so many in one scene!” he joked. “I took months of Bollywood dance classes to prepare for that. It’s really a workout… and you know, there’s like 52 dancers, and 51 of them are professional dancers, and then there’s me!”

The Pakistani-American star hit the headlines last year when he revealed the new ripped physique he achieved through training for the upcoming superhero movie.

Eternals is set to be released in November.

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Mark Wahlberg compares Uncharted script to Indiana Jones

Mark Wahlberg has claimed his upcoming movie Uncharted will be similar to the iconic Indiana Jones action-adventure saga.The big-screen adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game franchise follows a professional treasure hunter called Nathan Drak…

Mark Wahlberg has claimed his upcoming movie Uncharted will be similar to the iconic Indiana Jones action-adventure saga.

The big-screen adaptation of the popular PlayStation video game franchise follows a professional treasure hunter called Nathan Drake, who travels all over the world to uncover historical mysteries.

Wahlberg has been attached to the project since it was announced back in 2016, and was originally set to play Drake, but was later replaced by Spider-Man star Tom Holland.

The Boston native will now portray fellow treasure hunter Victor ‘Sully’ Sullivan, who acts as a mentor to Drake, and in a new interview with Collider, he revealed that the movie will be an origin story.

“It’s exciting because, without giving too much away, it’s more of an origin story. Meeting them, and Nathan becoming Nathan. Sully and him meeting, trying to not only get over on each other, but also starting to partner up and develop that relationship,” the 48-year-old shared. “It’ll be very cool. It’s the first time I’m in a movie that’s a movie. I felt like when I was reading it, I was reading Indiana Jones or Thomas Crown Affair. It’s got these great elements of these heist movies and adventure movies like I’ve never been a part of.”

The movie has been hit by a series of delays, with five different directors exiting the project before producers finally settled on Venom filmmaker Ruben Fleischer, and production postponed in order to accommodate leading man Holland’s busy Marvel schedule.

And Wahlberg joked he was replaced by the 23-year-old star because the project took so long to get off the ground.

“I was attached for years and years to play Nathan Drake and now I’m playing Sully,” he laughed. “Even with The Fighter, there was a ticking clock there. There was that biological clock. We gotta’ get going quickly.”

Uncharted is set for release in March 2021.

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