'Black Widow' and 'Cruella' get simultaneous Disney+ and theatrical premieres this summer
Marvel fans, rejoice! You’ll finally get to see Scarlett Johansson in action again as Natasha Romanoff this July.
The pandemic-delayed standalone “Black Widow” film will be released simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ Premiere Access on July 9.
The film — which also stars Florence Pugh, David Harbour and Rachel Weisz, among others — was initially supposed to debut May 1, 2020, before it was bumped further in the year. It was then ultimately moved to 2021 — but its debut date had remained a mystery to movie fans until now.
Marvel Studios’ parent company, Disney, made the announcement Tuesday and also revealed that the live-action “101 Dalmatians” prequel, Cruella, starring Emma Stone in the title role, will get a theatrical/Disney+ Premiere Access debut on May 28.
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Furthermore, it was announced that Disney/Pixar’s “Luca” will debut exclusively on Disney+ on June 18.
The announcement comes on the heels of the successful simultaneous theatrical and Disney+ Premiere Access release last year of Disney’s “Mulan.” Most recently, Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon” got the same treatment. Also, Disney/Pixar’s “Soul” was released on regular Disney+, as well as in limited theaters, last Christmas.
“Today’s announcement reflects our focus on providing consumer choice and serving the evolving preferences of audiences,” Kareem Daniel, chairman of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution, said in a statement. “By leveraging a flexible distribution strategy in a dynamic marketplace that is beginning to recover from the global pandemic, we will continue to employ the best options to deliver The Walt Disney Company’s unparalleled storytelling to fans and families around the world.”
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