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Disney CEO Bob Chapek Provides Update on Black Widow Release Plans

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Black Widow is due to open in theaters in two months, but fans are still unclear if the May release date will stick.

The Scarlett Johansson led film was originally scheduled to release in May 2020 but was pushed back to November during the first wave of the Coronavirus pandemic. The movie then suffered a second delay to May 2021 when it became clear that theaters wouldn’t be able to open.

Some industry analysts have predicted that a third Black Widow delay is likely. However, Disney CEO Bob Chapek recently revealed in an earnings call that the company is still expecting a theatrical release in May.

In a recent appearance on Bloomberg Television to discuss the limited capacity reopening of Disney’s flagship park, Chapek appeared to backpedal on his earlier statement.

Our situation and our conditions change. Just a few weeks ago, theaters in New York and Los Angeles weren’t even open. Now, all of a sudden they’re open, so we’re waiting to see how prospective theatergoers respond to these reopenings. We’re going to remain flexible. We’ll make the call probably at the last minute in terms of how these films come to market, whether it’s Black Widow or any other title.

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Chapek has previously spoken about the importance of theatrical releases, but it appears as though his stance may have softened and a Disney+ release for Black Widow is on the table. With the recent news that Sony has delayed Venom: Let There Be Carnage again, it may be the case that Disney’s CEO feels that fans are beginning to lose patience for the film’s release.

We love the theatrical window. We think it’s important for building our franchises. At the same time, we don’t think it’s the only way to do it. … We’ll see what happens over the next couple of months. So much is changing, it’s such a dynamic environment. It’s really hard to predict what’s going to happen with consumer behavior in the next month as it comes to re-emergence back into the world of normal. We’ll be watching the call carefully and make the call when we have to.

You can watch the full interview from Bloomberg in the video below:

From Chapek’s latest comments, it appears as if Black Widow‘s release on Disney+ is at least being discussed at Disney. With over 100 million subscribers now signed up for the streaming service, it’s a possibility that the company has seen positive results from the recent release of Raya and the Last Dragon and now see a hybrid release of Black Widow as a possibility. Raya released earlier this month both in theaters and via Premier Access on Disney+ which allows subscribers to watch the film in the comfort of their own home for a $30 fee.

Whichever route they decide to take with Black Widow, it’s clear that they can’t drag out the release much longer. After being postponed already for a year, fans are beginning to grow impatient. Any further delays will also likely impact the scheduled release of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in July and November’s Eternals — both of which have had to contend with delays of their own.

Black Widow is currently scheduled to release theatrically on May 7th.

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Dave Horobin
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