Disney CEO says Black Widow is still slated for a theatrical release

By Stephen Ippolito | February 11th, 2021

During the Walt Disney Company’s first quarter earnings call this afternoon, the topic of whether Black Widow will be moved to Disney+ in May, came up. Unfortunately it does not appear that the company is going to make a change as CEO Bob Chapek revealed that the Phase 4 film is still slated to be released only in theaters.

“We are still intending it to be a theatrical release,” Chapek said. But again, we’re going to be watching very carefully the reopening of theaters and consumer sentiment on going back to theaters, to see if that strategery needs to be revisited. But as of right now the strategery is to continue with a theatrical release and we’re be watching very very carefully.”

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So going by Chapek’s comments, it does seem like there is a chance that the company could change course. Some have speculated that the decision could be based off how well Raya and the Last Dragon does in March on Disney+. That film is slated to be the second title released on the streaming service for a premium price.

If Black Widow does stay exclusively to theaters, I would expect it to be delayed a third time. With the vaccine roll out not going as well as hoped, studios have already started pushing back films slated for March and April. The chances of things improving enough to open more theaters seems very slim.  

Originally the Scarlett Johansson led film was supposed to come out in May 2020, but because of the pandemic, it was pushed back to November 2020. Then in September, when things were not improving, it was moved again to May 2021. Now a third delay seems likely.

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So what do you think, you want Black Widow to be delayed again so it can come out exclusively in theaters? Or do you want Disney just to release it on Disney+?

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