Marvel Studios will release two movies in 2020, instead of three. Those two movies are most likely going to be Black Widow (May 1) and The Eternals (November 6).

That Hashtag Show is running the news as an exclusive and based on what I know about the status of each film, I agree with their report. It’s also the most logical prediction one can make given the information that’s already been reported over the past several months (as I noted here).

Of all the films Marvel Studios is planning after Avengers 4 and Spider-Man: Far From HomeBlack Widow and The Eternals are the only two that we know have directors attached. That’s a pretty strong indication that they are the furthest along in Marvel’s development track.

Cate Shortland was hired to direct Black Widow a few months ago and has already been hard at work on the film. Originally, Black Widow was likely planned for Marvel’s July 31, 2020 release date while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was intended for May 1 that year.

With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 on hold, Marvel Studios has likely decided to move Black Widow up to May 1 while simply abandoning that July 31 date. Marvel Studios loves the first weekend in May, so the idea of dropping the May 1, 2020 date was probably never up for serious consideration.

Instead, Black Widow will have to be ready a few months sooner than originally planned. Marvel can do it, though, as long as the script is ready. Black Widow may be the least VFX-heavy movie Marvel Studios has ever made, so it can be turned around rather quickly.

Marvel started shooting Ant-Man less than a year before its release and they can do the same for Black Widow, though we don’t know when exactly production is set to begin. June 2019 was rumored before the release date change but never confirmed.

Chloé Zhao will helm The Eternals, which seems to be unaffected by the GotG Vol. 3 drama. The Eternals was intended for November 6, 2020, and that is where it remains. Some very early pre-production work is being done on the film now and cameras will probably roll in the third or fourth quarter of next year.

SOURCE: That Hashtag Show