Black Widow still on track for theatrical release, but will it make it?

Another day, another dollar, and Black Widow still hasn’t premiered. If it feels like you’ve been waiting years to see this movie, that’s because you have. A lot of Marvel fans have wanted a closer look at Natasha Romanoff’s (Scarlett Johansson) mysterious past ever since she was first introduced to viewers in Iron Man 2. We know that Natasha’s done some things that she’s not proud of, and seeing how passionate she was about saving everyone in Avengers: Endgame made her sacrifice all the more poignant. I’ve been hoping that Black Widow will give fans more insight into her character.

Alongside Johansson, the film will feature the talents of Florence Pugh, David Harbour and Rachel Weisz. Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, Black Widow will see Natasha reuniting with old colleagues from her time as a spy and facing some of the lingering demons that plague her.

Disney has had success releasing other movies straight to Disney+, but is determined to release Black Widow theatrically

Black Widow was initially set to premiere in May of 2020, but the release date has gotten pushed back multiple times thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has shut down movie theaters worldwide. Despite the fact that COVID-19 vaccines are becoming available, it doesn’t seem like we’re any closer to the end of the pandemic than we were six months ago. And even though Disney released some films like Mulan and Soul directly to Disney+, the company is still planning on releasing Black Widow in theaters.

“We are still intending it to be a theatrical release,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek said on an earnings call, per Variety. “We’re going to be watching very carefully the reopening of theaters and consumer sentiment on going back to theaters.”

As of right now, the movie is set to premiere on May 7, 2021. Given the slow pace of the recovery, it’s anybody’s guess if enough people will be willing to go back to theaters by then to make it worth Disney’s while. We could be looking at yet another delay, unless Disney just wants to release the movie on Disney+. It worked out pretty well for Wonder Woman 1984 over on HBO Max, just saying.

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