Disney Delays ‘Black Widow’ Release Until July, Plans to Add Streaming Options

Disney has delayed the release of the “Black Widow” film until July and plans to add options for Disney+ subscribers so they may stream the movie at home.

Theaters were expecting to air the movie in mid-May at the start of the blockbuster movie season and get customers back into seats following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Share of recent meme stock AMC fell 16% following the news.

The movie will now release sometime in July, with Disney offering the movie to Disney+ subscribers for a fee of $30. Disney+ subscribers will also have access to the new film “Cruella” premiering May 28, for a similar fee of $30. “Cruella” will also premiere in theatres, 

Disney will also offer the new Pixar movie, “Luca”, exclusively on their Disney+ platform for American and European viewers. The film will still premiere in theatres in Asia, where Disney+ is still being rolled out.

Kareem Daniel, the chairman of Disney’s Media and Entertainment Distribution division, told press that this move “reflects our focus on providing consumer choice and serving the evolving preference of audiences”.

Disney has also delayed a movie in its Marvel lineup, “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”, which was set to release on July 8. The movie will now premiere on September 3. 

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