With the pandemic causing Disney to delay the release of Marvel Studios “Black Widow” a whole year, during this weeks Walt Disney Companies Annual Shareholder meeting, CEO Bob Chapek reconfirmed that the film is still scheduled to be released in cinemas on May 7th.
Following the release of “Raya and the Last Dragon” in cinemas and on Disney+ Premier Access last week. There has been lots of speculation that Disney would be releasing the film on Disney+ Premier access due to lacklustre box office results due to people staying away from cinemas.
“I hope you’ve all had an opportunity to see our latest family entertainment achievement, Disney Animation Studios Raya and the Last Dragon which we released last week in theaters and on Disney+ premiere access to great acclaim and social buzz. As we’ve said we believe it’s important to put the consumer in charge and let them decide how they want to enjoy our films particularly as we navigate through the pandemic. We are really excited about the full slate of films we have in store. Next up is Marvel’s highly-anticipated spy thriller, Black Widow, featuring an all-star cast that includes Oscar Nominee Scarlett Johansson currently set for release in theaters on May 7. I know Marvel fans have been looking forward to this film for a long time and I promise you it’s well worth the wait. It’s absolutely fantastic.”
Recently, CEO Bob Chapek spoke about speeding up the release of movies onto Disney+ and about how people might not go back to how things were before the pandemic, so Disney is looking at ways to encourage people to go back, since Disney makes so much money from big epic events at cinemas.
Disney might still be waiting to see how the box office looks in a few more weeks before making a final decision. There is speculation that Disney might try a different approach to releasing “Black Widow”, releasing first in cinemas, then making it available on Disney+ Premier Access shortly afterwards for those that want to watch from home.
Delaying the “Black Widow’s” release is also possible, especially as some countries like the United Kingdom will still have cinemas closed due to local restrictions still being in place.
Things can still change as Disney try to navigate the current situation, and Bob Chapek’s words still offer some flexibility.
Will you be going to see “Black Widow” in cinemas, or prefer it on Disney+ Premier Access?
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.