Black Widow’s new release date revealed

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Black Widow, Marvel’s first movie in phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been delayed once again. The new and hopefully final date for the much-awaited spy thriller film will be July 9, 2021.

The movie will also have a simultaneous release on Disney plus with premiere access. Existing subscribers of the streaming platform can watch the movie with an additional $30 on top of its $8 package. Earlier, ‘Soul’, ‘Mulan’ and ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ have all fallen under premiere access on Disney Plus. 

The Scarlett Johansson starrer Black Widow was supposed to kick off phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on May 4 2020. However, the pandemic forced Marvel’s hand to shift the release date of the movie several times. This led to Marvel’s mini-series WandaVision opening the gates to phase four.

With this change in the release date, Marvel has released a brand new poster for Black Widow as well. Check it out below!

This change in the release date has also caused Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings to release on September 3 from its original July 9 schedule. In addition to this, Disney also announced that Emma Stone’s Cruella, a live-action reboot of the 101 Dalamations will also have a hybrid release on May 28, 2021. 

Despite Marvel’s phase four plan being derailed by the pandemic, Disney plus shows WandaVision, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and Loki will be streaming before Black Widow hits theatres. 

Black Widow is set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, which explains why the titular character is alive despite meeting her end in Avengers: Endgame. Even though it’s a bit unnatural to release a superhero – partial origin story once the character is already dead in the main continuity. 

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For a long time, Disney had stayed firm on its decision to release Black Widow exclusively only in theatres. However, despite being more than a year into the pandemic, things are still far from clear, especially in the theatre industry. Moreover, unlike Warner Bros 2021 blockbusters releasing on HBO Max at no extra cost, Disney will still be making $30 a pop on every account. 

Scarlett Johansson will be reprising her role as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow. Florence Pugh (Yelena Belova) will be carrying on the mantle of Black Widow in the future. The rest of the cast includes David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, O-T Fagbenle and William Hurt. And to spice things up, Robot Downey Jr (Tony Stark) will also have a cameo in the film.