Disney has announced that the theatrical start of the MCU’s Phase 4 will begin on July 9th, 2021 with the release of Black Widow in theaters and on Disney+ Premier Access for a $30 rental fee.
I’ve yet to be tempted to pay that $30 for a Premier Access film on Disney Plus, but let’s be honest: I’m paying that to see Black Widow. Spider-Man: Far From Home was released July 2nd, 2019, putting a two year gap between theatrical MCU releases. Thankfully we’ve had WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Solder to ease the withdrawals, but I am itching for a two-hour, three-act, big screen spectacle, and Scarlett Johansson will deliver in Black Widow.
While the new July 2nd release date for Black Widow pushes Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings back to September 3rd (and presumably a theater-only release unless things with the pandemic go really off the rails) it shouldn’t affect Eternals or Spider-Man: No Way Home‘s November and December releases.
While I’m disappointed to hear Black Widow has been delayed again and we’ll now have to wait another two months for the film, I’m happy to see that Disney is playing it safe and giving us a Disney+ same day option. I’ll gladly pay a premium movie ticket price for the comfort of watching — and rewatching — from my couch.
Variety has more information on Disney’s other upcoming films, including from Pixar and 21st Century.