After pushing its premiere date twice, Black Widow has finally settled on a streaming release on Disney+, Disney confirmed today. The Marvel movie, which was originally slated to premiere first in May 2020, then November 2020 before settling on a 2021 release, will now premiere on Disney+ July 9.
Marvel shared the news on Twitter, noting that Black Widow would be released simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access, meaning subscribers will have to pay an additional fee on top of their streaming subscription to watch the new Marvel film.
Black Widow, which takes place after the events of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, stars Scarlett Johansson in the titular role as Natasha Romanoff, who, faced with a conspiracy about her past, has to look back on her career as a spy before she joined the powerful Avengers. Black Widow shows her origin story, which begins with her start in the KGB and leads up to the government’s mission to kill her in present day. The movie also stars Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, William Hurt, Ray Winstone, and Rachel Weisz.
The streaming release of Black Widow comes a few months after another superhero blockbuster, Wonder Woman 1984, chose to skip theaters altogether and head to streaming amidst the ongoing pandemic. HBO Max announced last year that the follow-up film to 2018’s Wonder Woman will now premiere on HBO Max Christmas Day after postponing its theatrical release multiple times.
Black Widow marks the latest of multiple Disney films to shift to streaming during the pandemic. Disney sent its live-action remake of Mulan to Disney+ first, where it was available to stream for subscribers with a $30 Premier Access fee, and also moved Soul, its Jamie Foxx Pixar film, exclusively to the streaming service. More recently, the company premiered Raya and the Last Dragon on Disney+ with Premier Access.
Back in September, the Mulan premiere had us wondering if Black Widow would be the next tentpole release to hit the streaming service this year, and it looks like we finally have our answer.
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