Black Widow, the next Marvel movie dedicated to the Black Widow, could finally be released on Disney+. As with Mulan, the big-eared firm cou...
Black Widow, the next Marvel movie dedicated to the Black Widow, could finally be released on Disney+. As with Mulan, the big-eared firm could therefore once again deprive theatres of a blockbuster in favor of its streaming platform.
Expected at the beginning for May 1, 2020, Black Widow has, like many films, suffered from the coronavirus. Due to the global pandemic, several major productions such as Fast & Furious 9, The New Mutants, Noise Free 2, or the next James Bond: Dying Can Wait have seen their release delayed.
Since then, the end of the lockdown has taken place in several countries, and movie theatres have been able to reopen their doors. Disney had then fixed the release of Black Widow for November 6, 2020. If we thought that the blockbuster dedicated to the Black Widow would be released in theaters on this date, it seems that the firm with big ears has other projects in mind.
According to MCU Cosmic, Disney could adopt the same strategy as with Mulan and release Black Widow initially on Disney+. The film was spotted on a listing on Movies Anywhere, another streaming platform also owned by Disney. The release date is still set for November 6, 2020.
More bad news for movie theaters
Of course, this is by no means an official confirmation of a release on Disney+, but it would seem that Disney has planned ahead in case Mulan's release on Disney+ is a success. As a reminder, Disney recently made the decision not to release Mulan in theatres, much to the chagrin of many exhibitors who were hoping to revive their business thanks to Disney's reboot.
Unsurprisingly, the company justified its decision on economic grounds. With the pandemic still not over, cinemas have to comply with strict health regulations. For example, they must enforce social distancing by limiting the number of seats available.
"We see this as an opportunity to present this incredible film to a large audience that is currently unable to go to the cinema," explained Bob Chapek, CEO of Disney.
However, the boss had certified that this "model adopted for Mulan" would be "punctual". In the best of worlds, a simultaneous release of Black Widow in theaters and on Disney+ would satisfy everyone. We'll have to wait and see how Mulan does on Disney+ to have a first answer.