Written By Mikey Sutton • Editor-in-Chief • Owner
Black Widow will now be released simultaneously in theaters and on Disney Plus, an abrupt shift in position.
Because of the global pandemic, Black Widow changed dates numerous times.
Originally, Black Widow was supposed to come out theatrically on May 1, 2020.
However, when COVID-19 began shutting down cinemas, those plans were tossed out the window.
Nevertheless, Disney has been publicly adamant about Black Window coming out only in theaters unlike Mulan.
In 2020, Disney cancelled Mulan‘s global distribution in the cinemas for a $29.99 fee on their streaming network.
Black Widow To Be Released in Theaters and Disney Plus
I scooped last year that Black Widow would not receive that treatment.
Disney would later officially confirm this. Marvel Studios president was against it.
As late as February, Disney CEO Bob Chapek said in an investor call that “We are still intending for it to be a theatrical release.”
That is no longer the case.
Marvel Studios has now announced that Black Widow will be released in theaters on July 9.
At the same time, it’s going to be available to Disney Plus subscribers for an additional $30 fee.
Kareem Daniel, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution chairman, issued a statement:
Today’s announcement reflects our focus on providing consumer choice and serving the evolving preferences of audiences. By leveraging a flexible distribution strategy in a dynamic marketplace that is beginning to recover from the global pandemic, we will continue to employ the best options to deliver The Walt Disney Company’s unparalleled storytelling to fans and families around the world.
I am told that Kevin Feige was still against the move.
However, the uncertainty of the virus situation left him little choice but to compromise.
On one hand, Feige does receive what he seeks; it will be shown in theaters for those who want to see it there.
Either way, Black Widow will finally be seen.