Kevin Smith Shares Why Marvel Studios Won’t Premiere ‘Black Widow’ on Disney+. Despite many fans and even some cast members pleading with Disney and Marvel Studios to release Black Widow on digital or directly to Disney+, it comes as no surprise that Disney and Marvel veto’d the idea and opted to release Artemis Fowl instead.
Temporarily reinstated CEO, Bob Iger, quelled rumors about the potential release straight to digital or Disney+, stating “In terms of movies going ahead after Artemis, there may be a few more that we end up putting directly onto Disney+, but for the most part a lot of the big tentpole Disney films, we’ll simply wait for slots,” Iger shared. “In some cases we’ve announced new [dates] already, but later on in the calendar.”
During a stream of FatMan Beyond Live, producer and content creator Kevin Smith went on a bit of an NSFW rant with co-host Marc Bernardin, explaining why Marvel Studios would only think to release Black Widow early if it had a hefty price tag.
“I think [releasing Artemis Fowl straight to streaming] is a smart play. I don’t think you’ll ever see that happen with a Marvel movie. I don’t think they’re gonna play their big money cards. Think of it as somebody sitting there playing Uno. They just laid down a skip card to buy themselves some time. Artemis Fowl, they’re like, ‘Skip. You can watch that on Disney+.'”
“They’re not gonna stick a Marvel movie on Disney+ because they’ve got some Marvel TV shows coming, and they gotta keep them Marvel movies valuable,” Smith said. “Because those movies make f—ing money, man, legit f—ing money.”
“Disney said this isn’t going to be the only one of our theatrical releases to come to Disney+ first,” countered co-host Marc Bernardin, referring to Disney executive chairman Bob Iger’s comment as stated above, “but I agree with you that I don’t think you’re gonna see a Marvel movie [released] on Disney+.” Bernardin added, “But I do think you might see a Marvel movie just for sale, on iTunes. $25 at home for Black Widow? Because Disney+, they’re not making any revenue on it.”
“Honestly, the only way they could do it — and I bet you they could, I bet you this would work — you put out Black Widow on transactional video and you charge $100 a copy. People would still buy it, dude. We’re crazy, we’re stupid,” Smith said. “Think about it, it’s even a pretty good deal if you’ve got a big household. You’ve got five people in the house, that’s what you’d spend going to see it in a movie theater, you get to watch it in the privacy of your own home.”
Smith continued, “If we all did that, that would change the world. That would change the business. They’d be like, ‘F— movie theaters! Sell them these movies for $100 a pop. It’s like the good old days of VHS.'”
Though Marvel Studios has yet to make a written statement regarding the films release, they did push back the films theatrical release date from May 1st to November 6th, 2020 when theaters should be open once again. You can check the updated Marvel Studios theatrical release schedule by CLICKING HERE.
Are you excited to see Black Widow get a theatrical release? Or were you disappointed that the highly anticipated film won’t be released via digital or stream? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co. for all things Marvel!
Featured Photo Credit: VidCon/Marvel Studios
This site contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. Also As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
- Steven Spielberg Demands ‘Jurassic World’ Animated Netflix Series Be Realistic Like the Original Films - September 18, 2020
- Goldie Hawn Confirmed as Mrs. Claus for ‘The Christmas Chronicles 2’ - September 17, 2020
- Star Wars ‘The Mandalorian’ Takes Home 5 Emmy Awards - September 17, 2020