Scarlett Johansson's standalone Black Widow film has experienced quite a few setbacks thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Originally slated for release in April of last year, the Marvel Cinematic Universe spinoff film has been pushed back to May 2021. Considering the pandemic has yet to subside, it'll be interesting if the film will still be able to premiere in theaters.
Now that Disney has its own streaming service, the obvious route should things go south once again is for Black Widow to drop on Disney+ via its Premier Access feature. The said feature was first tried out last year by the live-action Mulan and it seemed to do well. There's a catch though, viewers have to pay extra for Premier Access.
If it were up to Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, he'd love for Black Widow to get the theatrical release it so rightfully deserves. However, he's not quite sure if the current situation would allow for their supposed plans to push through. On the other hand, he's also uncertain whether the film will drop on Disney+.
In an interview with Deadline, Feige finally addressed the concern of fans, revealing that he's also uncertain about Black Widow's Disney+ release. "If I had a crystal ball, I'd look into it and tell you. I don't," he said. "Our long lead plan was to have the MCU and the storytelling woven between weekly episodic big swings on Disney+ and into the feature big swings in theatres. It's my great hope that that continues. Don't ask me week by week what is going to happen in this world – I have no idea and don't want to guess."
I'm not saying I know better but they can't keep prolonging the release of the film especially considering the fact that Phase 4 will kick off this week with WandaVision. They can easily copy Warner Bros.' strategy with Wonder Woman 1984 and make Black Widow available on Disney+ without extra charges. But I do get that making it available via Premier Access would mean the film earns more. With how uncertain times have become, the least they could hope for is for the film to breakeven.
As it stands, Black Widow is slated for release on May 1, 2021.
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