Oh, boy. Here we go. Another delay from another Hollywood film. First, it was No Time to Die, earlier today it was A Quiet Place Part II, and now it’s the Family. Of course, I’m talking about F9: The Fast Saga, or Fast & Furious 9, as most humans would call it. This vehicle-driven action franchise only recently dropped its first trailer, but it was careening toward a May release date. Of course, for all we know, things can clear up by then, but it’s understandable that the studio wouldn’t want to take any chances.
Now, F9: The Fast Saga has been officially pushed nearly a full year to April 2, 2021.
“To our family of Fast fans everywhere,” the press release from Universal reads. We feel all the love and the anticipation you have for the next chapter in our saga. That’s why it’s especially tough to let you know that we have to move the release date of the film. It’s become clear that it won’t be possible for all of our fans around the world to see the film this May.”
The statement continues: “We are moving the global release date to April 2021, with North America opening on April 2. While we know there is disappointment in having to wait a little while longer, this move is made with the safety of everyone as our foremost consideration. Moving will allow our global family to experience our new chapter together. We’ll see you next spring.”
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With this box office juggernaut dropping, we can’t help but wonder if two Disney blockbusters are next. The House of Mouse already pushed Mulan overseas, but given the spread of COVID-19, one can only imagine they’ll be pushing it in the States as well.
The same goes for Black Widow. This will be the film that marks the start of Phase 4 of the MCU. After finishing strong with Spider-Man: Far From Home, there’s no way they’d want to risk a lackluster box office start for the new phase. Then again, I guess things are a bit more complex with the MCU. Unlike Mulan, the MCU is connected, and for all we know, Black Widow’s story could interlink with the Disney+ shows that are set to come out later this year.
Of course, the big question there is whether or not those shows will actually make it either, as productions have been halted thanks to the COVID-19. Needless to say, the impact the coronavirus has had hasn’t stopped yet.
How do you feel about Fast & Furious 9 getting pushed to next year? Did they push it too damn far away? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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