‘Black Widow,’ ‘Wonder Woman 1984’, and more are some of the top blockbuster movies that have been delayed due to the pandemic.

Written by: Olivia Campus- September 16th, 2020 9:34 pm pst


 One thing we can all agree on is that 2020 has been an unpredictable year. Movie studios and the film industry have had to find new ways to bring the big screen to our homes. For instance, the long-awaited arrival of Mulan was brought to us on Disney+. Unfortunately, some films had to be put on pause. Here is a list of the top blockbuster films that have been delayed due to the pandemic. 

Black Widow

This highly anticipated Marvel prequel was initially set to release on May 1st but was pushed back to Nov. 6th. However, according to Variety, Disney may push back this release date even further. The news of this delay came a few days later after Warner Bros announced a later delay for Wonder Woman 1984. As for now, Disney has yet to figure out when Black Widow will make its big debut. 

Wonder Woman 1984 

Wonder Woman 1984 was originally set to release on June 5th but was pushed back to Oct. 2nd. Now Warner Bros has decided to delay this superhero sequel to Christmas Day. 

The director of the film Patty Jenkins said, “because I know how important it is to bring this movie to you on a big screen when all of us can share the experience together, I’m hopeful you won’t mind waiting just a little bit longer. With the new date on Christmas Day, we can’t wait to spend the holidays with you!”

A Quiet Place Part II

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Fans of this hit horror movie will have to wait for its sequel coming on April 23rd, 2021. The initial release date of A Quiet Place Part II was set for sometime in March but was pushed back to Sept. 4th when cases of COVID-19 began to multiply. Now audiences must wait until next year to see what’s in store for Emily Blunt’s character Evelyn Abbott and her family. 

Top Gun: Maverick 

The sequel to the first hit 80s movie, Top Gun, is also being delayed from its first release date, which was Dec. 23rd. Top Gun Maverick will now be in theaters on July 2nd, 2021. Part of this delay is also due to scheduling conflicts with the main lead Tom Cruise having to film two other Mission Impossible movies. 

In a statement made by Paramount’s president of domestic distribution Chris Aronson, and president of international theatrical distribution Mark Viane said, “we are committed to the theatrical experience and our exhibition partners, and want to stress that we are confident that, when the time comes, audiences everywhere will once again enjoy the singular joy of seeing Paramount films on the big screen.”



The Pixar film Soul was set to have a summer release on June 19th, but Disney made the executive decision to delay the film to Nov. 20th. However, there have been talks of the studio possibly releasing it onto Disney+. 

The animated film will star Jamie Foxx voicing the main character, Joe Gardner, a middle school teacher who dreams of becoming a professional jazz musician. 

Overall, movie studios everywhere are doing their best to bring us our most highly anticipated films. What blockbuster movie are you most looking forward to? Stay tuned for more updates on these films!

About The Author:

Olivia Campus is a journalism student at Cal State University, Fullerton, and an intern at AfterBuzz TV. She hopes to one day pursue a career in entertainment news reporting. Olivia loves movies, especially romantic comedies, and has a passion for all things pop culture.

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