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MCU Phase 4 Has Been Pushed Back and I Don’t Feel Too Good Myself

Black Widow in the rain
This is all of us, waiting for BLACK WIDOW to finally come out.

How bad is the pandemic? Not even the promise of Tenet on IMAX screens could get people out to cinemas. And you know what: good. Unless you’ve got somebody who takes cinema as seriously as Alamo Drafthouse (where if they treat the virus like they treat disruptive patrons, then all will be well), stay the hell home.

It’s because of this that most everything is being put on hold.

  • Death on the Nile is now December 18, 2020
  • The King’s Man moved up to February 12, 2021
  • Black Widow is now May 7, 2021
  • Shang Chi is now July 9, 2021
  • Jungle Cruise is now July 30, 2021
  • Eternals is now November 5, 2021
  • West Side Story is now December 10, 2021

Please note: not all of the films are MCU-related, in case you were afraid that soon you would discover that the Jets were actually all agents of HYDRA or something.

From what I can tell, production is starting back up on both the TV and the movie side of Disney…which hopefully is being done as safely as possible. Unless we get our shit together (at least stateside), it’ll be 2023 before any of this stuff actually hits theatres.

Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) has an anthology series of films coming out on the BBC and Amazon Prime Video on November 20. It’s called Small Axe and it will “explore the black experience in Britain as seen by a group of friends and their families from 1968 to today.” (Deadline Hollywood.) It stars John Boyega and Letitia Wright. Trailer:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That’s why you’re going to see trailers like these for things that are coming really damn soon. The first is for a…well, I was going to say a new version of Clive Barker’s Books of Blood because I could’ve sworn there was a previous adaptation that used the title. The closest is Book of Blood from 2009. Maybe that’s what I was thinking of. It’s directed by Brannon Braga (his first entry into the genre for features, though he was an executive producer and directed two episodes for Salem). I don’t think I need to actually warn any of you who are squeamish. You can read. You saw the name Clive Barker. Trailer:

Also, nifty poster:

Books of Blood (2020)

While we’re on the topic: Netflix released a full trailer for The Haunting of Bly Manor, the non-sequel to their series The Haunting of Hill House (which if you haven’t seen, you must surely treat yourself to it). I am greatly looking forward to this. A lot more of the cast from the first series are returning than expected. I kinda dig that. Trailer:

Books hits October 7th while Bly Manor arrives October 9th. Dance card is Filling Up.

While we’re on the topic of Netflix, this trailer for The Trial of the Chicago 7 reveals the film to be an embarrassment of casting riches.

One last trailer and we have to go because they need the keyboard. The Father is due out December 18th (allegedly) and looks both creepy and sad in equal parts. Let’s prepare to watch Anthony Hopkins kick a lot of ass again. Oh, and you’ll notice Olivia Colman is in this. She is, however, in everything. I think that’s a law.