Disney CEO Bob Chapek Shares ‘Black Widow’ Will Only Premiere in Theaters

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Florence Pugh as Yelena Boleva and Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff in Black Widow

Disney CEO Bob Chapek Shares ‘Black Widow’ Will Only Premiere in Theaters. With the move to Theatrical and Digital releases for movies such as Mulan, Soul, and Raya and the Last Dragon, it makes sense that many fans felt Disney and Marvel Studios would offer the same sentiment towards the highly anticipated Black Widow film starring Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh.

During the quarterly earnings call on Thursday, The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek doubled down on Disney+ Premier Access rumors for the film and shared that the studios still intend for Black Widow to only see a theatrical release, but didn’t confirm that the film will premiere on May 7th (just over one year after it’s initial release date) as currently scheduled.

“We are still intending it to be a theatrical release,” Chapek shared during the call, “We’re going to be watching very carefully [at] the reopening of theaters and consumer sentiment on going back to theaters.”

Photo Credit: Marvel Studios

Previously, Marvel Studios CCO and President Kevin Feige spoke with ComicBook.com about the chances of Black Widow premiering on Disney+ rather than in theaters. Feige was vague with his answer, but did offer that the idea is still on the table as fans become more and more upset with the premiere delays.


“I mean, confidence is meaningless in today’s world because nobody knows anything,” shared Feige, “Hope springs eternal. A year delay, you hope would be enough, there’s a vaccine out there now. We’ll see. I certainly hope so. I want to be back in the theater with people.”

There seem to be mixed reactions from Disney and Marvel leadership about the premiere of Black Widow, but it seems Disney is going to hold out as long as possible and push for a theatrical only release for Black Widow at this time. (Sorry, Disney+ subscribers!)

“At birth the Black Widow (aka Natasha Romanova) is given to the KGB, which grooms her to become its ultimate operative. When the U.S.S.R. breaks up, the government tries to kill her as the action moves to present-day New York, where she is a freelance operative.”

Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Florence Pugh (Yelena Belova), Rachel Weisz (Melina Vostokoff), David Harbour (Alexei Shostakov / Red Guardian) and O-T Fagbenle (Mason). Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co. for updates and all things Marvel!

Featured Photo Credit: Marvel Studios

Source: Variety


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