By Stephen Ippolito | January 21st, 2021
Last week, it was reported that Disney was for the first time considering releasing the upcoming film Black Widow on Disney+ and in theaters simultaneously in May. Now a new report says the company has made their decision and unfortunately it looks like we might have to wait even longer to see the Phase 4 film.
According to Variety, Disney is “more likely” to delay the Scarlett Johansson led film a third time. The report came in a lengthy piece about how studios are expected to push their mid-2021 theatrical releases back.
“As for ‘Black Widow’, expect the 2020 delay treatment should the theater situation not improve over the spring. Since it’s the first 2020s film from the franchise that propelled the studio to a now fictional-seeming $11 billion global gross in 2019, another delay before a last-ditch Disney+ release is more likely to occur.”Variety
Originally the 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 because the vaccine rollout is not going as fast as hoped, it looks like it will be pushed a third time.
When you think about it, it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that the studio would rather push it back again. As much as fans want it to go to Disney+, the company just doesn’t want to sacrifice that huge box-office return it would likely earn. And with Disney+ already doing so well, it does not need to boost subscribers.
If Black Widow is in fact moved, it would likely be pushed to late summer or early fall. This means that Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (July 9th) would become Marvel Studios’ first Phase 4 film released in theaters. This is of course assuming that it’s also not delayed.