Phase four of the MCU finally began last Friday, when episodes one and two of WandaVision premiered on Disney+. The release was the first chance fans have had to watch new content from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe since 2019.
As we mentioned in our WandaVision review, the fact that Marvel has kick started the next phase of the MCU with such a bold series is an accident. That honour should have gone to Black Widow which was originally scheduled to release last May. Unfortunately, that release was postponed to November 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In September, when the situation still hadn’t improved, the release was once again delayed to May 7th, 2021.
Last week, rumours began to circulate that Disney was considering releasing Black Widow in theatres and on Disney+ simultaneously. A new report from Variety suggests that a third delay for the film is “more likely to occur”.
With vaccines now rolling out, it would make more business sense for Disney to delay the release until the autumn. By which point, many countries will hopefully be on the way to returning to some sense of normality.
It’s important to point out that this report is based on the thoughts of an industry expert. Whichever route Disney decide to go down, it’s unlikely that we’ll hear a definitive answer until closer to the film’s scheduled release.
Which approach would you prefer to see? Would you be happy to pay a premium price to watch Black Widow on Disney+ in May? Or would you rather wait until you can watch the film as Marvel Studios originally intended, in a theatre?