The greatest challenge for the MCU last year was Black Widow’s release day. After over a year of delays, fans are begging Disney to unleash the movie on Disney+. The Mouse Empire, though, held firm. CEO Bob Chapek argued during Disney’s Investor’s Call that the proposal is still in progress for Black Widow to reopen theaters, but also suggested that the schedule will shift if the viewers are reluctant to go back to theaters.
Black Widow: Viewers Prefer Disney+ Release
Whereas most viewers are eager to watch Black Widow on Disney+ now, rather than waiting more months to see it in theaters, Disney has to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of directly streaming their most awaited film, a potentially multi-billion dollar grossing movie.
Disney launched another large-scale film, Mulan, on Disney+, last year to test the content. While the production figures of the film have not been released, the business did not seem to achieve the expected outcomes, which is why they are adamant to stand firm on Black Widow for as long as possible. Indeed, Mulan didn’t receive any recognition when Chapek listed the good performers of Disney+’s material.
As Disney continues to plan for theater releases for Black Widow, its WarnerMedia competitors agreed to release Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max, which would allow for a significant rise in subscriptions even at the expense of hundreds of millions of viewers at the box office. It remains to be seen how long Disney is prepared to stake the condition surrounding the closure of theaters all over the world.
Black Widow: Release Date
Black Widow is led by Cate Shortland, and consists of Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow), Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, David Harbor as Alexei Sostakov (Red Guardian), Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff, and O-T Fagbenle as Mason. The film is scheduled to arrive at theaters on May 7th of 2021.