From Bond to Marvel: can Hollywood survive a year without blockbusters?

From Bond to Marvel: can Hollywood survive a year without blockbusters?October 6, 2020

No Time to Die is the latest film to be delayed by Covid – again. But release dates can’t be pushed back indefinitely

Few of us will be able to recall a time when the words “Coming soon to a cinema near you” were not part of our cultural vocabulary. What a difference a pandemic makes. Following the postponement of numerous big-budget titles by a year or more, the phrase “coming soon” now carries with it the ring of equivocation, the threat of deferred or broken promises. The mood is best summed up by the tagline for The Croods 2, one of the many films that may or may not open later this year amid the hokey-cokey of shifting release dates: “The future ain’t what it used to be.”

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