When it was first announced that Black Widow will be delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak, many were worried about how it’ll affect the MCU’s timeline as the film will have events that directly correspond to other Marvel Studios projects such as The Falcon and the Winter Soldier as well as The Eternals.
As it turns out, it seems that Black Widow’s delay will reportedly not be affecting the MCU timeline at all.
According to Variety, a Marvel insider claimed that “pushing Black Widow affects nothing on the MCU timeline.” Though Variety adds that it was not made clear if its because the film will be released before August which is when Falcon and the Winter Soldier is scheduled to be released, or if the events in Black Widow are actually inconsequential to the other shows in the MCU’s Phase Four.
Scarlett Johansson will be making a return as Natasha Romanoff in Black Widow, an ex-spy and assassin trained by the Russians before she broke off from their grasp to became an agent of SHIELD and a member of the Avengers.
Joining Johansson will be a star-studded cast including Stranger Thing’s David Harbour as Alexei aka The Red Guardian, Florence Pugh of Fighting with My Family fame as Yelena Belova, and Rachel Weisz from The Favourite as Melina.
Black Widow was directed by Cate Shortland with a script penned by Jac Schaeffer. It was scheduled for release on 30 April (1 May in Singapore), but now Disney has yet to update on a new release date.