Update: April 1, 2020 – We have updated this post to show delays for Morbius and Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
The coronavirus outbreak is upon us, and it’s affecting daily life for nearly everyone. That includes the movie industry. A number of upcoming major film releases have announced lengthy delays to their release schedules. Not only that, but more movie theaters are shutting down indefinitely. So, what specific coronavirus movie delays can you expect? Also, what films should you watch in their place? While obviously nothing is going to be as exciting as watching a new movie, there are plenty of decent similar (or prequel) movies that you might want to watch while you wait!
1. A Quiet Place Part II
Writer-director John Krasinski’s highly anticipated sequel to his monster invasion hit from 2018 was supposed to come out this weekend, on March 20. However, Krasinski announced last week A Quiet Place Part II will be delayed until further notice.
While it’s not the same, now might be a great time to rewatch the first one. The original film, A Quiet Place, is currently available to stream for Amazon Prime Video subscribers. You can also see Krasinski himself playing Tom Clancy’s action hero Jack Ryan in Amazon Prime’s series of the same name.
Disney’s live-action version of its hit animated film was due to be released to theaters on March 27. Now, the film is a victim of the coronavirus movie delays, with no release date scheduled.
3. Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
The CGI-live action sequel to the surprise 2018 adaptation of the classic children’s book was supposed to get its sequel on April 3. Now, the movie won’t be released until January 15, 2021.
While the original Peter Rabbit movie is not available on any streaming services, you can watch another bunny-themed GCI-live action film on Netflix, Hop.
4. The New Mutants
This long, long-delayed Marvel Comics superhero-horror film was supposed to have been released nearly two years ago. Disney finally set up a “final” date of April 3 before the current crisis occurred. Now it joins the many coronavirus movie delays, with no current release date.
Disney Plus has the original X-Men animated series available to stream, so you can see how the Marvel mutant superhero trend started to become a mainstream hit.
5. No Time To Die
The 25th official James Bond film, and the 5th to star Daniel Craig, has also seen its release date pushed back more than once. It was supposed to be released in the US on April 10, but instead, it was the first of the major coronavirus movie delays. 007 won’t return until November 25, 2020.
You can watch the first 21 films in the James Bond series right now on Hulu.
This horror film, about a creature that attacks the citizens of a town in Oregon, was due in theaters on April 17. Now there is no new release date, thanks to the coronavirus.
You can stream Hostiles, the 2017 Western film directed by Antlers director Scott Cooper, right now on Netflix.
7. Fast 9
The highly popular, over-the-top, car-themed spy thriller movie series was going to release its ninth installment on May 22. Now, the film won’t be released until April 2021.
If you sign up for HBO Now, you can watch Fast Five via streaming, and the recent spin-off film Hobbes & Shaw.
8. Black Widow
The next movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starring Scarlett Johansson as the skilled super-spy, won’t be released on May 1 as previously announced. No new release date has been set.
Disney Plus has all of the previous MCU films that feature Black Widow, starting with her first appearance in Iron Man 2.
This mysterious horror film has only hinted at what’s its all about in its trailers. It was due in theaters on April 24, but has now been delayed indefinately
HBO Now has Us, the acclaimed African-American themed horror film, from one of the products of Antebellum.
This is a reimagining of the Saw franchise, starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson. It was coming to theaters on May 15, but has been pushed back indefinitely as one of the coronavirus movie delays.
Check out the first movie in another long-running horror series, Final Destination, on Netflix.
11. Minions 2
The next movie in the CGI animated series was supposed to be released to theaters on July 3. However, this coronavirus movie delay was due to the outbreak causing the Illumination animation studio from completing the movie. It is now scheduled for release on July 2, 2021.
You can rent the first Minions movie via Amazon Prime Video right now.
12. Wonder Woman 1984
Warner Bros. has pushed back the sequel to the hit 2017 DC Comics superheroine film. Originally set for June 5, 2020, the new release date is currently for August 14, 2020.
You can rent the first Wonder Woman movie on Amazon Prime Video right now.
This Spider-Man spinoff film, starring Jared Leto as a man who becomes a vampire-like creature, was supposed to be released on July 31, 2020. It’s now due for release on March 19, 2021.
Starz has both Spider-Man: Far From Home and Venom available for streaming on its service.
14. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
The latest attempt to reboot the Ghostbusters horror-comedy series was supposed to be released on July 10, 2020. It’s now due for release on March 5, 2021.
Rent the original, and still funny, 1984 Ghostbusters via Amazon Prime Video right now
More coronavirus movie delays coming soon?
This may just be the start of many more movies that will have their theater release dates delayed due to the coronavirus. Big cities like New York City and Los Angeles shutting down movie theaters, and the two biggest theater chains in the US, AMC and Regal, are shutting down their locations for several weeks. Furthermore, other films currently in production for release later in 2020 or in 2021 have now been suspended as well. It’s likely some of their release dates will be changed if the outbreak threat continues. We’ll be sure to update this post to keep you up to date.