Black Widow was originally scheduled to kickstart phase 4 of the MCU in May last year. In March, the release was pushed to November 6th of last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The film’s release was delayed again in September to May 2021 when it was clear that the pandemic wouldn’t allow for theatres to be open.
With Black Widow’s release now fast approaching, it has been widely speculated that the film will be delayed again for the third time as countries around the globe battle a second COVID-19 spike. Industry analysts have indicated that Disney would opt for another delay over releasing the film on Disney+.
During today’s quarterly investor call, Walt Disney CEO Bob Chapek was asked about the long-awaited release of Marvel’s Black Widow, and a future release on Disney+ or with Premier Access.
Chapek confirmed that they still plan to release Black Widow in theaters, but will be “flexible” with their plans.
Chapek also stated that Mulan — Disney’s first attempt at releasing a movie directly on to Disney+ via Premier Access — was considered a success, which is why they are releasing the upcoming Raya and the Last Dragon simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ next month.
One can only speculate at this time that the performance of Raya and the Last Dragon at cinemas and on Disney+ Premier Access will go some way towards influencing Disney’s decision on how and when to release Black Widow.
Black Widow is currently scheduled to release theatrically on May 7th. As soon as Disney provides an updates, we’ll be sure to let you know.