Black Widow Is Coming Home on July 9

Black Widow is coming home.
Black Widow is coming home.
Image: Marvel Studios

Well, it’s official. You’ll be able to watch Marvel’s Black Widow, at home, on July 9.

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The next film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was originally supposed to be out last May. Due to covid-19 though, it moved once, then twice, and now we finally know it will be released both on Disney+ and in theaters simultaneously. Disney+ Premier Access will require an additional fee, of course.

With the Black Widow announcement, Disney also revealed its upcoming film, Cruella, will follow the same strategy, coming to theaters as well as Disney+ (via Premier Access) on May 28. Also, Pixar’s animated Luca, will now be skipping theaters and debut exclusively on Disney+ June 18.

New release dates were also given to the following films:

  • Free Guy on August 13, 2021
  • Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on September 3, 2021
  • The King’s Man on December 22, 2021

Eternals is currently still set for November 5 which means fans will get not just three (at least) Disney+ Marvel Studios television shows this year, but four movies as well, when you factor in Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home. These moves also suggest previous Disney+ releases of planned theatrical movies, such as Mulan, Soul, and Raya and the Last Dragon, must have been fairly successful for the company. If it wasn’t, odds are Disney probably wouldn’t have duplicated the strategies for Luca, Black Widow, and Cruella.

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz, Black Widow was directed by Cate Shortland and written by Eric Pearson from a story by Jac Schaeffer (WandaVision) and Ned Benson. The film is a prequel, taking place after the events of Captain America: Civil War, but before the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame...because...yeah.

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DISCUSSION

I’m still confused about this movie. I feel like watching something like this after watching the character die a while ago makes it lose all its steam.

However, Marvel is smarter than me. What do you think Marvel will do within the movie to make it feel relevant to the MCU going forward?