Black Widow: Disney CEO Insists the Film Will Arrive on May 7, In Theaters
Disney CEO Bob Chapek has confirmed that Marvel’s Black Widow stays on the theatrical launch calendar for Could 7.
Based on Deadline, Chapek touched on the discharge of Black Widow at Disney’s annual shareholder assembly on Tuesday, as he provided the newest replace on the corporate‘s plans for the Cate Shortland-directed title, which was initially scheduled to be launched in Could of final yr. Talking on the occasion, Chapek reaffirmed Disney and Marvel’s intentions for the theatrical rollout of the MCU film.
“As we have mentioned we imagine it’s vital to place the patron in cost and allow them to resolve how they need to take pleasure in our movies significantly as we navigate by way of the [COVID-19] pandemic,” Chapek defined. “We’re actually excited in regards to the full slate of movies we’ve in retailer. Subsequent up is Black Widow, presently despatched for launch in theaters on Could 7.”
Chapek beforehand spoke about the corporate‘s dedication to releasing the Scarlett Johansson-led film on the large display, although he additionally acknowledged that the state of affairs required ongoing surveillance, with methods being reassessed if and when required. The corporate‘s concerns reportedly embrace the standing of theater closures, in addition to viewers demand for the theatrical expertise.
For some time now, hypothesis has been rife over whether or not Black Widow could debut on Disney+, with rumors accelerating shortly after Disney began to alter course with a variety of its different deliberate theatrical releases. Mulan premiered on Disney+ in September for a premium value of $29.99, whereas Pixar’s Soul skipped theaters and headed to streaming in December at no extra price.
Across the identical time, a report surfaced in regards to the firm mulling over Disney+ premieres for a few of its different tentpole household motion pictures. The newest pivot noticed Disney+ launch its new animated fantasy movie, Raya and the Final Dragon, through Premier Entry, costing subscribers $29.99 to stream. Nevertheless, per the report, Chapek talked about nothing of Raya’s monetary success through the latest assembly.
Black Widow’s Could 7, 2021 launch date is sort of precisely one yr after its unique Could 1, 2020 launch date. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic first prompted Disney to push Black Widow to November 6, 2020, earlier than the corporate determined to shift that date once more. Nevertheless, it was reported in March of final yr, through an unnamed Marvel insider, that “pushing Black Widow impacts nothing on the MCU timeline.”
However, the rescheduling of Black Widow’s launch induced a cascade impact for the remainder of the MCU motion pictures on the calendar, as all the different titles on Marvel’s dock shifted alongside. For extra on the studio’s future slate of initiatives and releases, learn our breakdown of the most important and most noteworthy developments within the MCU, on Disney+, and in Marvel’s comics this yr.