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'Black Widow,' 'West Side Story' shift to 2021 as Hollywood's COVID struggles continue

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 9/23/2020 Brian Truitt, USA TODAY

The good news is Marvel superhero fans can look forward to three movies in 2021. The bad news: No "Black Widow" anytime soon.

Thanks to the nation and film industry's continuing struggles with COVID-19, Disney has shifted its movie-release calendar again, most notably kicking Scarlett Johansson's solo "Black Widow" movie from a planned Nov. 6 release to May 7, 2021.

There's quite a bit of movement overall in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: The Angelina Jole-led "Eternals" is being delayed from Feb. 12 to Nov. 5, 2021, while "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," starring Simu Liu as the Marvel martial-arts master, moves two months, from May 7, 2021, to July 9.

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In other Disney updates, Kenneth Branagh's all-star "Death on the Nile" is going from Oct. 23 to Dec. 18, the horror film "The Empty Man" actually moves up from Dec. 4 to Oct. 23, the Ben Affleck/Ana de Armas thriller "Deep Water" shifts from Nov. 13 to Aug. 13, 2021, Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story" remake is delayed a year from Dec. 18, 2020, to Dec. 10, 2021, and the "Kingsman" prequel "The King's Man" moves up two weeks from Feb. 26 to Feb. 12, 2021.

Box office: 'Tenet' hits $250M globally, but moviegoers are mostly staying home

Although three-quarters of the nation's movie theaters have reopened, audiences aren't flocking back in significant numbers and indoor theaters still aren't open in New York and Los Angeles, two huge markets for moviegoing.

Even with new films arriving weekly, box office hasn't bounced back: Christopher Nolan's "Tenet," one of the year's most anticipated films, has only managed $36.1 million from North American theaters since opening at the beginning of September, and studios are clearly rethinking putting their biggest movies in the current marketplace.

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