- Black Widow is one of Disney’s biggest 2020 blockbusters, but the film’s release date has been postponed because of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
- The film might launch on Disney+ launch instead of in theaters, a report claims.
- It’s unclear how
Disneywould go about launching Black Widow online, given that Disney+ has yet to arrive in every major region.
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The novel coronavirus outbreak will significantly damage the worldwide economy. Millions of people lost their jobs in a matter of weeks as governments around the world instituted various social distancing measures. Commercial activity came to a halt in various countries where only hospitals, pharmacies, grocery stores, and essential services operate.
The entertainment business has taken a serious hit as well. Sporting events have been canceled, and cinemas were shut down in a global effort to flatten the curve. Even late night hosts are recording their shows from home, using iPhones as their cameras. While the internet can’t save the Olympics, it can certainly help movie studios launch some of their coming attractions online, even big blockbusters like Marvel’s Black Widow.
Rather than see if the virus subsides in the coming weeks, some studios have opted to postpone their movies to later this year or to 2021. The list includes Sony’s No Time to Die and Universal’s Fast 9. Other movies, however, will get an online release instead of a theatrical one, including some of Universal’s 2020 films. Disney pushed the online launch of Onward forward, but has postponed other releases, such as Black Widow.
Just a few short weeks ago, the concept of Black Widow being delayed seemed implausible. The movie is part of Marvel’s massive Phase 4, which includes no fewer than 14 titles. But social distancing didn’t just hit theaters. It also forced movie productions to pause their activity, including some of the MCU TV shows that were supposed to hit Disney+ this year. Postponing Black Widow won’t hurt the MCU Phase 4 timeline if everything else has to be delayed as well.
But YouTube host Grace Randolph said a few days ago that
Price points, purchase vs rental, when to #DisneyPlus all still up in the air.
— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) March 28, 2020
Black Widow could have been another billion-dollar movie for Disney, with early projections saying the film was on track for a massive $130 million opening weekend. It’s unclear how
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