After six months of virtual inactivity, there are finally signs of life at the box office after Christopher Nolan’s Tenet raced to almost $150 million globally in less than two weeks, making it comfortably the biggest hit of the year since the Coronavirus pandemic began. That hasn’t stopped the rest of Hollywood from getting cold feet, though, with many studios removing their major projects from the calendar and sending them to 2021 instead.
The next blockbuster scheduled for a wide release is Wonder Woman 1984 on the first weekend of October, and it’ll be interesting to see how it fares, unless of course Warner Bros. change their minds once again. Then, five weeks after that, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Black Widow is penciled in to hit theaters, although there’ve been rumors that Disney could be waiting to see how Mulan does as a streaming exclusive before deciding whether or not to give Natasha Romanoff’s solo outing a similar treatment
However, we’re now hearing from our sources – the same ones that told us The Falcon and the Winter Soldier would be pushed back before it was confirmed, and that Ben Affleck is returning as Batman in The Flash – that some of the higher-ups at Disney want Phase Four’s first installment moved back to 2021 until the worst of the pandemic is over. According to our intel, this isn’t a guarantee by any means, but the studio will be closely watching the box office figures over the next couple of months – especially in regards to what happens with Tenet – before making a final decision.
Of course, if Black Widow ends up getting delayed until 2021, that could cause another reshuffle of the rest of the MCU’s upcoming output, and spell especially bad news for those hoping that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier would arrive before the end of the year.
Everyone and their grandmother has heard of Marvel and are likely to at least know of one or two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. One of the Marvel characters that has attracted a lot of recent attention is Natasha Romanoff/ Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson. Johansson’s solo film- starring as Black Widow- was meant to come out in April 2020 but due to the whole global pandemic problem, it has been pushed back to November 2020. Whether that release will actually happen is yet to be seen but I’m crossing my fingers. Black Widow made her debut back in 2009 in Iron Man 2, but Johansson was not actually the first choice for the role. Actress Emily Blunt- known for her roles in films such as The Devil Wears Prada, Edge of Tomorrow and A Quiet Place– was initially chosen to play Romanoff by Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau. However, when Blunt had a clash of commitments with Twentieth Century Fox, Favreau cast Scarlett instead.
It is hard to imagine what such an established character would look like with a different actress but that is exactly what Shamook has done here. The YouTuber has taken clips from various films that prominently feature Romanoff- such as Iron Man 2, Avengers: Endgame and Captain America: The Winter Soldier- and deep faked Blunt over the top of Johansson’s face to see what could have been had Blunt been able to take on the part. It’s a little creepy and whilst it is still difficult to see anyone else playing Black Widow, you can certainly see how Favreau could have envisioned Blunt in the role. Shamook has some insane skill when it comes to their deep fakes so