Everyone knows that establishing and maintaining a cinematic universe is a very complicated and difficult task. Simply put, it is required to follow a chain effect, the later movies must depend on the film that precedes them. This means that when a movie changes its release schedule, basically, all the rest of the movies has to do the same.
Because of the COVID-19 crisis, many Disney movies had to change their plans for theaters. According to the new schedule, Mulan by Liu Yifei will be screened on July 24, 2020. This is the old release date of Jungle Cruise by Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, which now has been postponed for a year and will be screened on July 20, 2021.
On the Marvel side, when Black Widow release date (originally scheduled for May) was postponed due to COVID-19, it caused most of the MCU Phase 4 movies and beyond to be postponed. Now, Black Widow has a new release date, so almost every other future MCU movie will have one, too.
On April 4, via The Hollywood Reporter, the new MCU Phase 4 release schedule was updated. Basically, Black Widow will take the release date of Eternals, and this movie will, in turn, move to the original release date of Shang-Chi… Surprisingly, Black Panther 2 is the only movie that will keep its original release date. The new release schedule for MCU Phase 4 is as follows:
Black Widow: November 6, 2020
Eternals: February 12, 2021
Shang-Chi: May 7, 2021
Doctor Strange 2: November 5, 2021
Thor: Love and Thunder: February 28, 2022
Black Panther 2: May 8, 2022
Captain Marvel 2: July 8, 2022
Once again, when looking at the above release schedule, you can easily recognize the challenges of creating a cinematic universe. They are designed to be very interdependent.
Other Disney titles are also planned to change their release date, including: Indiana Jones 5 moves to summer 2022, instead of 2021. Free Guy moves from August 3, 2020 to December 11, 2020. The French Dispatch will move from August 24, 2020 to October 16, 2020.
Meanwhile, Artemis Fowl will skip the cinemas and go straight to Disney+.
The New Mutants, The Woman in the Window, Antlers and The Personal History of David Copperfield was originally scheduled to open this year, but has now been removed from the schedule.