By Stephen Ippolito | January 11th, 2021
After being delayed twice, it looks like Disney might be starting to give up on an exclusive theatrical release for Black Widow. According to Variety, the company is considering releasing the Phase 4 film in theaters and on Disney+ at the same time for a premium price.
There’s also been chatter that another Disney tentpole, the Scarlet Johansson-led Marvel adventure “Black Widow,” may follow in the steps of fellow studio release “Raya and the Last Dragon,” which is premiering concurrently in theaters and on Disney Plus for a premium price. Disney insiders continue to deny those whispers. Yet in the age of coronavirus, nothing is being considered — until it is.Variety’s Rebecca Rubin
This is the first time we’ve heard Disney consider putting the film on the popular streaming service. I know they’ve denied the story, but I do think there’s something to it. For one, the vaccine rollout is not going as fast as everyone would like. Because of this, studios are starting to question whether theaters will open back up to pre-pandemic levels by the summer. Today we saw the first delay in 2021 when Sony pushed Morbius, The Living Vampire, back from March 19th to October 8th.
If Disney does not want to push the film back a third time, then the only option would be to release the movie in theaters and Disney+ at the same time. If they go this route, the chances they make their money back pretty much goes down significantly. Unlike the previous two times, It seems that Disney is now considering taking that risk.
At the moment, Black Widow is slated to hit theaters on May 7th.