By Stephen Ippolito | March 9th, 2021
During Disney’s annual shareholders call today, CEO Bob Chapek said that the company still plans to release the Marvel Studios film Black Widow in theaters on May 7th.
Back in January, when there were questions about the vaccine rollout, it was reported that the studio was starting to consider releasing the film simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+. However, with the rollout improving and cities like New York and Los Angeles finally opening cinemas up, it now seems like the Phase 4 film will not be delayed again.
We also learned recently that another reason the Scarlett Johansson led film will not get a simultaneous release is because of Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. It’s been reported that the MCU architect has been pushing Disney to keep the film’s release strictly to theaters. So far, it seems the company has been listening to him.
Despite Chapek’s comments today, it’s still not guaranteed that Black Widow won’t be delayed again. To maximize profits, Disney could decide to push the film back a month when even more theaters will be open. This would be a similar strategy to what Universal did with Fast & Furious 9.
Whether it’s released in May or June, it does seem like there is light in the tunnel for Black Widow. Hopefully, the year-long delay will be worth the wait.