Following a string of delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the highly anticipated Black Widow will finally hit theaters in May. However, given the ongoing situation, it appears Disney is unwilling to bank its entire stake on a theatrical-exclusive release. Tuesday afternoon, Marvel Studios announced that the upcoming film will premiere on the Disney+ with Premier Access on July 9th alongside its release in theaters where applicable.
The news follows the studio’s decisions to move big-ticket films like Mulan, Soul, and Raya and the Last Dragon to Disney+. While news of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout going well in some places while stalling in others, the return to normalcy for the entertainment industry is relatively up in the air. Thankfully, Marvel fans will not have to wait much longer for Black Widow. The film was originally scheduled to be released on May 1, 2020.
Black Widow was designed to kick off the MCU’s Phase 4. However, thanks to a bevy of delays over the last year, the MCU’s latest chapter began with WandaVision on Disney+. Followed by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the future of the MCU will reportedly feature both films and TV series as the shared universe continues to expand.
Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) finds herself alone. The Avenger must confront a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past. Additionally, the film will feature the live-action debuts of classic Marvel characters like the Taskmaster (O-T Fagbenle) and Red Guardian (David Harbour). Moreover, director Cate Shortland revealed that the film will also pass the torch to Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova. The actress will also appear in the Disney+ series Hawkeye.
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Black Widow will release on July 9th, 2021.
The film stars Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz. O-T Fagbenle, Simona Zivkovska, Yolanda Lynes, Jade Ma, and Shaina West will also appear.
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