By Stephen Ippolito | February 12th, 2021
During Disney’s first-quarter earnings call yesterday, we learned that the company still plans to release the upcoming Phase 4 film Black Widow in theaters only in May. Now thanks to report from Variety, we now know that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has been pushing to keep it this way.
According to the report, the MCU architect has been opposed to releasing the film in theaters and on Disney+ at the same time. Since his films have brought in over $22 Billion at the box office, the studio has so far been listening to him. However, the report did note that they could still decide to overrule him.
Feige’s decision to keep the film strictly to theaters shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise. As a member of the Producers Guild of America, Feige is a supporter of the theater experience. Like Christopher Nolan felt with Tenet, he probably thinks that if the film was made to be released in theaters, it should stay that way.
A couple other nuggets Variety also reported is that a final decision on how to release the film will come within 3-4 weeks. With Black Widow currently slated to be released on May 7th, that timeline seems to make sense.
The other note, which is much more interesting, is that if the Scarlett Johansson led film is delayed again, it could affect other MCU projects. Because Disney+ shows and films are connected directly to the MCU, it sounds like certain shows might have to be pushed back. Falcon and Winter Soldier looks like it will still be released on March 19th no matter what. But other shows like Loki, Hawkeye, and Ms. Marvel could be at risk of moving.
So Disney has a big decision to make in the next month. What do you want the studio to do?