A new report says that Black Widow will only get a Disney+ release if all other options have failed, with Marvel determined to secure a theater debut. The long-awaited Marvel Cinematic Universe movie was initially supposed to release in theaters in May 2020. It was then delayed to November 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and pushed out once again, this time to May 2021, due to the pandemic still keeping most theaters closed in the US and worldwide. And a new report suggests Black Widow could be delayed again.
That isn’t surprising, given the pandemic is still affecting most of the world, and vaccine distribution will take the bulk of 2020 to slow it down properly. The signs are that theaters may not be able to open again until the summer, perhaps even later than that. Meaning the current May date would see Black Widow opening in a tiny amount of theaters, leaving it, like Warner Bros.’ Tenet and Wonder Woman 1984 before it, unable to make back even its budget. As a result, many fans have been pushing for a Disney+ release for the movie, similar to how Mulan was released on the streaming service, for a premium fee, in November last year.