Follow us for updates
© 2022
Read the Story →

'Black Widow' is Delayed to July, in Theaters and on Disney+

Dashing hopes of swift recovery for cinemas.
by Agence France Presse
Mar 24, 2021
Photo/s: Instagram/Marvel Studios

Disney delayed "Black Widow" and multiple other superhero films and animations Tuesday, dampening hopes of a swift recovery for U.S. movie theaters that have only just reopened after a year's pandemic-mandated closure.

"Black Widow" starring Scarlett Johansson had been billed as the major spring release to entice fans back to multiplexes, which were permitted to restart at limited capacity in Los Angeles last week and New York earlier this month.

It will now open July 9 -- two months later than expected -- and will be simultaneously available on the Disney+ streaming platform for home viewers, at an additional cost to subscribers.

Continue reading below ↓

Disney, which is increasingly prioritizing streaming and has experimented with different release models during the pandemic, said the move reflects "the evolving preferences of audiences" in a market "that is beginning to recover from the global pandemic."

"We will continue to employ the best options to deliver The Walt Disney Company's unparalleled storytelling to fans and families around the world," added distribution chairman Kareem Daniel in a statement.


Oprah Winfrey Moment: Why the Biggest Names Spill the Tea on Her Couch

Why 'Raya and the Last Dragon' is Unlike Any Other Disney Princess Film

The news comes as a blow to theater chains which have absorbed heavy losses during a year of unprecedented closures that has also seen the traditional "window" in which new releases can only be seen on the big screen all-but obliterated.

Pixar's Italy-inspired animation "Luca" will now only appear on Disney+, from June 18, while live-action "Cruella" featuring Emma Stone will appear on big and small screens from May 28, the company said.

Continue reading below ↓
Recommended Videos

"Black Widow" was originally due for release in May 2020, before COVID struck. Its latest delay meant another film in the record-breaking Marvel franchise -- "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" -- has itself been postponed to September.

The "domino effect" is likely to affect major releases from other Hollywood studios that had been eyeing lucrative summer slots.


The Real Title of Spider-Man 3 is Revealed After Much Trolling

Pop Phenom, Tabloid Target: The Fight to #FreeBritney, Explained

Despite the Los Angeles theater revival, this weekend industry watcher Exhibitor Relations warned the "re-opening is still slow going at the box office."

North America's top-ranking film -- Disney's "Raya and the Last Dragon" -- grossed just $5.1 million at almost 2,300 screens.

But there was some good news for theaters Tuesday with reports that Cineworld -- operator of North America's second-largest chain, Regal -- struck a deal with Warner Bros to show the studio's films exclusively on the big screen for a 45-day "window" next year.

Continue reading below ↓

Warner Bros had angered theater operators and prominent Hollywood filmmakers by announcing all films this year would be available from day one on its own HBO Max streaming service.

Latest Headlines
Read Next
Recent News
Some relief from rising prices.
With the reopening of several local destinations, this app has never been more timely.
Landmark Roe vs Wade ruling of 1973 is overturned.
Its rise mirrors the rise of technology for the masses.
It cites global uncertainties for its move.
The news. So what? Subscribe to the newsletter that explains what the news means for you.
The email address you entered is invalid.
Thank you for signing up to On Three, reportr's weekly newsletter delivered to your mailbox three times a week. Only the latest, most useful and most insightful reads.
By signing up to newsletter, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.