Disney has finally caved and decided to release Black Widow and Cruella both in cinemas and across its Disney Plus streaming service at the same time. This being after Disney held off on releasing Black Widow in cinemas due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic and the social distancing restrictions in place.
Black Widow was originally set to release back on 1 May 2020 and was delayed multiple times over the past year to due cinemas shutting down. However, Disney refused to adopt the same approach as Zack Snyder’s Justice League by releasing the film on a streaming service. Thankfully, that has changed. Black Widow will now release both in cinemas and on Disney Plus on 9 July 2021.
As for Cruella, the film will follow in Black Widow’s footsteps and also release across cinemas and Disney Plus on 28 May 2021. Of course, the movies will only be available through the Disney Plus $30 Premier Access package.
Disney also announced new cinema and streaming dates for Luca, Free Guy, The King’s Man, Death on the Nile and Shang-Chi.
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) March 23, 2021
Pixar’s Luca will skip its cinema release completely (in the United States) and release directly onto Disney Plus. Similar to how Soul did the same thing earlier this year. Ryan Reynolds’ upcoming video game movie Free Guy will release in cinemas on 13 August 2021. The Kingsman prequel The King’s Man will release on 22 December. Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile has been pushed to 2022 and will release on 11 February 2022 with Deep Water releasing on 14 January 2022.
So far, Disney has not shared any information on other upcoming film releases including Free Guys and The King’s Man and whether or not they will land on Disney Plus at the same time. By the sound of things, these films won’t.
There’s bad news for the Marvel universe release schedule too. Due to the ongoing delays, Disney has been forced to delay multiple films including Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and there’s also a delay incoming for the Hawkeye Disney Plus show due to this setback.
These delays could have been avoided if Disney just released Black Widow on the home streaming service in the first place. Unfortunately, the company previously stated that they hoped to bring in a potential $1 billion in box office numbers that Marvel films usually tend to do.