BLACK WIDOW Is Expected To Be Delayed Again Before Disney Considers A Streaming Release

BLACK WIDOW Is Expected To Be Delayed Again Before Disney Considers A Streaming Release

There's a lot of uncertainty surrounding upcoming movie releases, and it sounds a lot like Black Widow will suffer another delay before Disney sends the Marvel Studios title to its streaming service...

By JoshWilding - Jan 21, 2021 02:01 AM EST
Filed Under: Black Widow
Source: Variety

Black Widow was supposed to be released last May, but after being pushed back to November thanks to COVID-19, it suffered yet another delay. Now, it's set to arrive in theaters this May. 

However, with January, February, and March now without any major blockbusters, there's already speculation that April and May will be next to empty out. That doesn't bode well for the Marvel Studios movie, but many fans have remained optimistic that a Disney+ "Premier Access" release will be considered.

Unfortunately, it sounds like that's a last resort for Disney.

In a new piece from Variety, it's said that, "As for 'Black Widow', expect the 2020 delay treatment should the theater situation not improve over the spring.  Since it's the first 2020s film from the franchise that propelled the studio to a now fictional-seeming $11 billion global gross in 2019, another delay before a last-ditch Disney+ release is more likely to occur."

This isn't massively surprising, and it's not like this is the first time we've heard about another possible Black Widow delay. It's obviously just disappointing to hear that a Disney+ debut is so unlikely, especially when it's beginning to look like the first half of this year is a complete write-off for blockbusters. 

We don't really know what's going to happen over the next few months, but unlike Warner Bros. and HBO Max, it seems Disney isn't quite ready to fully embrace streaming quite yet. 

Do you think Black Widow should receive a Disney+ release?


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10 of the best years ever for superhero movies!

10. 2002

2002

It was still early days for the superhero genre in 2002, but there were a couple of big films this year which resonate with fans to this day. 

Guillermo del Toro's Blade 2 is still considered a classic, and set a benchmark that the reboot starring Mahershala Ali now has to live up to. The film that really stole the show in 2002, however, was Sam Raimi's Spider-Man. Groundbreaking technology brought this iconic Stan Lee and Steve Ditko creation to life in a way which was previously unimaginable. 

Men in Black II was a low point this year, but Road to Perdition - which was based on a comic - made up for it. 

2002 was an important year that may have only had a couple of noteworthy releases, but ones which we're still talking about almost two decades later.
 

9. 2013

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2013 might not have been a year remembered for the quality of its superhero films, but the importance the year had for the genre cannot be denied. 

Yes, there were rubbish films like Kick-Ass 2, 2 Guns, and R.I.P.D. which did little to help the genre in the long run, but imagine how different both the MCU and DCEU would look without Thor: The Dark World and Man of Steel. The latter birthed the DC SnyderVerse, while the former was so bad, it led to Taika Waititi totally reinventing the God of Thunder.

Iron Man 3's portrayal of the Mandarin was divisive, but the film made it clear Marvel Studios was embracing comedy in its films after the success of Joss Whedon's The Avengers.

The Wolverine was also pretty damn great.
 

8. 2011

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Another important year, 2011 massively expanded the MCU and proved it wasn't just Iron Man who could find success in theaters.

Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor may look tame by today's standards, but a decade ago? These films knocked the socks off comic lovers across the globe. No one ever imagined Steve Rogers would work on screen, but Chris Evans successfully wielded the shield and proved everyone wrong. 

Green Lantern was a noteworthy flop this year, and sadly shelved the character to this day. 

X-Men: First Class, however, successfully rebooted that series, and while the quality would soon dip, Matthew Vaughn's casting decisions were faultless.
 

7. 2017

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Things got busy in 2017, and the quality of the superhero films we got to enjoy was incredible. 

On the Marvel side, we got Baby Groot cuteness in James Gunn's stellar Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, while Jon Watts successfully rebooted the wall-crawler's solo franchise with Spider-Man: Homecoming. That was the perfect follow-up to Captain America: Civil War, and Watts proved himself as perfect a fit for the hero as Sam Raimi.

Taika Waititi, meanwhile, was similarly successful overhauling a Marvel icon with Thor: Ragnarok.

On the DC side, Wonder Woman blew us all away, and Justice League...didn't. It turned out Joss Whedon's magic Marvel touch didn't translate in the DCEU.
 

6. 2014

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2014 wasn't a win on all fronts.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a colossal disaster, while films like Sin City: A Dame to Kill For300: Rise of an Empire, and RoboCop underwhelmed. Snowpiercer, however, was an absolute gem of a film. 

Back on the superhero side of things, James Gunn managed to put the Guardians of the Galaxy on the map with his hilarious, uplifting, and memorable take on the little-known characters. Captain America: The Winter Soldier was a masterpiece of a film, and X-Men: Days of Future Past arguably remains the best X-Men film ever made.

Animated adventure Big Hero 6 - based loosely on the Marvel Comics series - also deserves a mention.
 

5. 2008

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This wasn't a majorly busy year, but there were still a few important films that were utterly superb. 

The Dark Knight was a game-changer for the genre which gave us Heath Ledger's unbeatable take on The Joker, and a film which made people sit up and take superheroes seriously. 

Punisher: War Zone came and went, but Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk were the opening chapters in what would come to be known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Like Spider-Man before it, the visual effects in Iron Man were nothing short of groundbreaking. 

Hellboy II: The Golden Army from Guillermo del Toro was good enough that fans still want a part three.
 

4. 2016

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2016 was a divisive year, but one which deserves to be remembered as one of the best for the genre.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad weren't to everyone's liking, but how great was it to see the Dark Knight and Man of Steel come to blows on the big screen? The same can be said for Task Force X, and while the quality of these films is up for debate, they had their good points. 

It's a shame X-Men: Apocalypse sucked, but it never stood a chance in a year that saw the release of a masterpiece like Captain America: Civil War. Doctor Strange brought some crazy visuals to the MCU too. 

In some ways, however, it was Fox that stole the show with Deadpool. Ryan Reynolds was finally given the chance to play the version of Wade Wilson he wanted, and what a hit that proved to be.
 

3. 2012

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There are some years which will go down in the history books, and this is bound to be one of them. 

Beyond that, though, it was just a seriously exciting time to be a fan. Spider-Man returned to the big screen in The Amazing Spider-Man, a film which didn't live up to expectations, but had us invested at the time. Christopher Nolan ended his trilogy in 2012 with The Dark Knight Rises, a true event film that did what no one had before: concluded Batman's story. 

The Avengers was the biggest talking point; revisit an internet message board prior to 2012, and you'll soon see that no one thought it could work. Oh boy, did it.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance sucked, but there's a reason we all still talk about Dredd...
 

2. 2019

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Little did we know that 2019 would be the last normal year for many more to come. 

Thank goodness all those annoying release date delays didn't happen this year, though, because we'd have missed out on some gems. Avengers: Endgame was a perfect, breath-taking conclusion to the first few Phases of the MCU, and it deservedly became the highest-grossing film ever. Captain Marvel was fun, and Spider-Man: Far From Home was spectacular. 

Shazam! proved there was more to the DCEU than grim and gritty stories, though Joker later earned widespread critical acclaim and awards attention for being a legit masterpiece. 

Let us not forget that Dark Phoenix finally ended the Fox era of X-Men films too. Woo-hoo!
 

1. 2018

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2018 was a mixed bag in some ways, but it deserves this top spot nonetheless. 

Avengers: Infinity War blew us all away with an ending no one saw coming. Ant-Man and The Wasp was a fun, forgettable ride, but Black Panther perhaps remains the best film ever released by Marvel Studios (it's the only one that's earned a "Best Picture" nomination). It's hard to talk about after Chadwick Boseman's tragic death, but it was more than just a film, that's for sure. 

Deadpool 2 was a decent sequel, and Aquaman exceeded expectations at the time.

Another very special film in 2018, though, was Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. This animated adventure put Miles Morales on the map, and is rightly considered the best Spider-Man film...it also made Venom easier to forgive.
 

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batman001
batman001 - 1/21/2021, 2:09 AM
At this point Marvel and Disney need to seriously consider releasing Black Widow and a least for the time being all future films on Disney+ , since right now both Marvel and Disney have no way of making any money and as such if they release Black Widow on Disney+ but put it behind a paywall like they did with Mulan both Marvel and Disney even tho they will still both loose money they loose that much money.
LameLuka
LameLuka - 1/21/2021, 2:33 AM
@batman001 - why should they, compared to HBO MAX, they aren't desperate for subscribers. Plus they have plenty of MCU, Star Wars and other content to release this year. They are fine with pushing it again.
batman001
batman001 - 1/21/2021, 2:48 AM
@LameLuka - Simple there is very little to no hype surrounding this film which means that if they do delay it then there going to loose even more money but if they release onto Disney+ behind a paywall or even do what Warner Bros are doing and releasing there films straight to HBO Max and in theaters the same day then Disney / Marvel can create some hype for this film as well as make some money which right now is something both companies needs since they are both bleeding money.
rebellion
rebellion - 1/21/2021, 2:11 AM
Thats pure guessing on their part
dracula
dracula - 1/21/2021, 2:15 AM
huh


99OPTIMISTPRIME
99OPTIMISTPRIME - 1/21/2021, 2:19 AM
ThorArms
ThorArms - 1/21/2021, 2:30 AM
Most things will get delayed again
Doomsday8888
Doomsday8888 - 1/21/2021, 2:35 AM
No time to live.
JFerguson
JFerguson - 1/21/2021, 2:37 AM
Not losing sleep over it. I say take your time to release it but that’s just me.
Roodi
Roodi - 1/21/2021, 2:47 AM
Go the WW84 route and release it in theaters(where available) and D+, but none of that "at no extra cost to the subscriber" bullshit if you wanna make money.

Sacrifice it to the Premier Access gods already.


Enough with the delays.
RegularPoochie
RegularPoochie - 1/21/2021, 2:56 AM
LSHF
LSHF - 1/21/2021, 3:19 AM
Well, since this story is history (right after "Civil War"), I don't see how much it matters when it is released. I mean, what if it had started production in this past August and wasn't released until this coming August (as opposed to be rescheduled for this August), then what difference would that really make? It would still be a story that took place in past. I see no difference.

And I've waited on these films since the early seventies (when I stopped reading comics), and I'm pretty sure I can wait a few more months for this one story. It's not like I'm going to loose interest and blow off the entire MCU because of delays. That would be my loss.

LSHF
LSHF - 1/21/2021, 3:23 AM
I just stopped thinking about it (and only do when these articles remind me). I'll enjoy it whenever it is released.
WakandanQueen
WakandanQueen - 1/21/2021, 3:24 AM
They are gonna move this into May 2022 aren't they
SonOfAGif
SonOfAGif - 1/21/2021, 3:25 AM
My concern is Marvel pushing this back and being forced to release an MCU film in theaters each month for a year. This hurts their revenue, causes consumer fatigue, and we have no timeline on when life will return to normal after the pandemic.
TheWalkingCuban
TheWalkingCuban - 1/21/2021, 3:26 AM
Coronavirus is a crueler taskmaster.
TheUnworthyThor
TheUnworthyThor - 1/21/2021, 3:35 AM
I don’t know why anyone expects Disney to be in a big rush to lose a bunch of money on Black Widow. Warner did it as a desperate attempt to get people to sign up for HBO Max but Disney is way ahead of projections for Disney+ subscribers. And they are in no need of Marvel content. How many Marvel fans are going to ignore WandaVision, Falcon & Winter Soldier and Loki but sign up just for Black Widow? And why do you think they would be in a rush with a vaccine rolling out right now? Okay maybe it’s not sufficiently administered by May but they can see by July or August things are looking promising then why wouldn’t they just delay? They don’t need to make a rushed decision, they can wait and see the February numbers.
bobevanz
bobevanz - 1/21/2021, 3:43 AM
Mulan wasn't an accurate model for premiering on D+, now this I could see people paying for in droves. Still don't care, we need movie theaters.. Delay this til fall and then break a September or October record. I'm fine waiting, we have plenty of shows to occupy us
bobevanz
bobevanz - 1/21/2021, 3:45 AM
@bobevanz - also buy AMC stock! Cheap as hell right now. By next year will be eating tendies on the moon 🚀
mastakilla39
mastakilla39 - 1/21/2021, 4:58 AM
@bobevanz - Don't know about that. AMC is about to go under if they don't sell more stock or get more loans because the gov't bailout doesn't apply to them. I think China (Tencent) already owns 50% of AMC and if they don't bail them out its a waste of investment.

Maybe if Raya and the last dragon does well they'll move Black widow to D+. Funny how they are choosing another disney production based on asian culture for premium vod. Lets just hope they didn't animate or work near a concentration camp this time.
Jonnyc1988
Jonnyc1988 - 1/21/2021, 3:54 AM
Anyone who thinks this movie doesn't matter because Nat is already dead doesn't realise this will be the introduction of yelena, the new black widow. Ideally we need to see this film before the hawkeye series releases in autumn which she will also be starring in. This is a passing of the torch.
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