Black Widow Finally Gets Home Release Date Along With Theater Debut
Taking a cue from their distinguished competition, Disney finally announced that Black Widow will get a home release date when it debuts in theaters. This news comes after Kevin Feige told interviewers that Marvel movies would not premiere on Disney+. In a way, his main assertion remains true. Feige said that MCU films would still be there to support theaters, however Disney added the wrinkle of premiering Black Widow for viewers at home on the same date it will release in theaters. Ultimately, the Mouse House announced a shift in release dates for seven of their films.
Interestingly, this move is similar to how the distinguished competition for Disney, Warner Bros., plans to release their 2021 slate of films on HBO Max along with theaters. Yet, in other developments today, WarnerMedia announced a deal with Regal cinemas. Not only will they show Warner Bros. films while they stream, they will get an exclusive debut for 2022 films. This means that Warner Bros. likely plans to continue to release new films on HBO Max while they are in theaters even after the pandemic.
Black Widow Home Release Date Marks Larger Shift In Disney’s Plans
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The long-awaited Black Widow changed its release date again from May to July 9, 2021 in theaters and for viewers at home. Disney said that the film will be a premier access release, meaning Disney+ subscribers will likely have to pay $30 to stream the movie at home. However, the new Pixar film Luca will debut on Disney+ instead of theaters at no additional cost on June 18. Other films shifted their dates as well. Cruella will now debut both on Disney+ and in theaters on May 28, 2021. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will have a traditional theater release on September 3, 2021. Free Guy debuts August 13. The King’s Man, a non-MCU Marvel franchise, will debut on December 22. Deep Water and Death on the Nile will arrive in theaters in early 2022.
Warner Bros. seems to have embraced the idea of releasing new films both in theaters and on HBO Max. Disney, however, still seems reticent to fully commit to this idea. This makes sense because of the seven of the top ten grossing films of all time are Disney-owned properties. Thus, they are more likely to cling to the old model of theatrical release. Warner Bros., meanwhile, only has two entries in the top 20 grossing films: Aquaman and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
Black Widow debuts on July 9, 2021.
What do you think? Are you happy that they’ve finally decided to release Black Widow on Disney+? Will you watch it at home or go out to the theaters? Tell us in the comments below.
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