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Eternals star Kumail Nanjiani backs ‘responsible decision’ to delay Marvel film by a year

Eternals’ release date has been postponed (Picture: Getty/Marvel/Disney)

Eternals star Kumail Nanjiani believes it is a ‘responsible decision’ that the film has had its release date pushed back by a year.

The forthcoming MCU movie was originally scheduled for November 6 2020, before being pushed to February 12 2021. It has now been postponed to November 5 2021 – a year after its original intended release date.

Kumail has since shared his thoughts on Twitter following the announcement, and believes there’s no point in the film being released any earlier due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

He tweeted: ‘Marvel made the right & responsible decision. There’s a pandemic.

‘Nothing is more important than health & lives. I can’t tell ppl to go to a movie theatre until I feel safe going to one.’

He added: ‘Take care of yourselves. I promise it’ll be worth the wait!’

Alongside Eternals, fellow Marvel movie Black Widow’s release date has been changed from November 6 2020 to May 7 2021, while Shang Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings will now be released on July 9 2021, instead of May 7 that year.

Disney has also delayed many of their other upcoming features, including a new adaptation of West Side Story and Death On The Nile, the sequel to 2017’s Murder On The Orient Express.

This is in due in part to many cinemas across the US continuing to remain closed during the global health crisis, with doubts over when they will be able to reopen.

Black Widows’ release date has also been pushed back a year(Picture: Marvel/Disney)

However, the studio has kept the intended November 2020 release date of the forthcoming Pixar film Soul, surprising many industry figures who had speculated that the film would be released to Disney Plus instead.

Despite the delay to Eternals, fans continue to eagerly anticipate the upcoming superhero flick, with director Chloe Zhao teasing that she plans to go ‘further and bigger’ than what was done with previous Marvel film Avengers: Endgame.

She told The Hollywood Reporter: ‘How much further and bigger can we go after [Avengers] Endgame? Because I’m not just making the film as a director.

‘I’m making the film as a fan.’

Eternals is scheduled to be released on November 5 2021.

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