After almost a year of waiting, the inevitable has happened: Disney announced that Black Widow is heading to Disney+ after all. The Marvel superhero flick starring Scarlett Johansson will be available to buy and stream online starting Friday, July 9—the same day it premieres in theaters.
The announcement comes after Black Widow faced delay after delay as the ongoing pandemic wreaked havoc on Hollywood’s production and release schedules. It was originally slated to hit theaters in May 2020; a few postponements later, it was due to arrive in May 2021. The latest rescheduling sets the release back two more months.
Black Widow will be available via Disney+ premier access, which means viewers will have to pay extra (usually $30) to watch the film on the platform. That doesn’t include the basic Disney+ subscription ($7 per month or $70 per year).
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As the COVID-19 vaccination rollout continues and the world itches to return to normalcy, it’s likely that some moviegoers will be able to safely watch Black Widow in person in cinemas. Theater franchises like AMC and Regal are already starting to open back up after a rough year of closures and empty seats. Surely, a long overdue standalone film like this one deserves the fanfare of a formal theatrical release—while adhering to safety guidelines. (Johansson’s Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff first appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe more than 10 years ago in Iron Man 2.)
Directed by Cate Shortland, Black Widow will find Romanoff revisiting her dark past and relationships pre-Avengers. Joining Johansson are Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff, and Stranger Things‘s David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov, a.k.a. Red Guardian.
On Disney+, Black Widow will find itself in the company of other Marvel projects in the latest phase of the MCU’s evolution: Wandavision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and, soon, Loki.
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