Black Widow is premiering on Disney Plus in July


Black Widow is coming to Disney Plus and theaters on July 9, 2021, two months after its most recent planned release date of May 7, 2021. Originally scheduled for May 1, 2020, the film was initially delayed to Nov. 6, 2020, then briefly held a May 7, 2021 date as movie studios gauged whether audiences would return to theaters as COVID-19 cases declined and vaccine availability increased. The answer, it seems, is “not yet.”

The film will be available via Disney Plus’ $30 Premier Access program, much like Raya and the Last Dragon and Mulan. The news comes shortly after Disney announced that the first episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was Disney Plus’ most-watched premiere, topping WandaVision and The Mandalorian before it. The company cited no numbers in its announcement, but it does reinforce the not-at-all-outlandish notion that the majority of the service’s staggering 100 million subscribers will happily stream the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry, and perhaps even pay the $30 Premier Access fee for a theatrical release.

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