Report: Digital 'Black Widow' Release Hits Road Block
Written By Mikey Sutton • Editor-in-Chief • Owner
The long lines to see Black Widow on an IMAX screen have been replaced by millions of eyeballs glued to their phones, awaiting for the announcement of the film hitting streaming.
According to a new report from Giant Freakin Robot, there is a substantial roadblock in preventing that from happening:
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.
Liana Keane of Giant Freakin Robot writes:
"Disney wants to release Black Widow on streaming immediately and Kevin Feige does not." Keane adds "Black Widow is the beachhead against Disney (and maybe the entire movie industry) going full streaming."
It's certainly a complicated situation. With theaters shutting down nationwide due to the global pandemic, the Christopher Nolan thriller Tenet, which normally would've been a box-office juggernaut, choked on the fumes; however, Disney's straight-to-digital (for a hefty fee) Mulan tumbled as well. Right now, Disney is hoping cinemas will be open for Black Widow's new theatrical release date of May 7, 2021.
I can corroborate with what Giant Freakin Robot has published here. According to my own sources, Feige is completely against Black Widow going directly to digital. While Marvel Studios is producing shows especially made for Disney+, Black Widow is crafted for a cinematic experience; it's made for the Big Screen. It's important to Feige, who was inspired by the epic '70s and '80s summer fare of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Richard Donner.
I mentioned a number of times in the private Geekosity Facebook page that Disney will simply wait for theaters to safely open back up. Breaking even on a huge movie such as Black Widow is not their goal. The MCU delivers billions to Disney's bank account. As months fly by, the Disney+ alternative looms like a shadow in the minds of fans. Why not?
The decision is not just Disney's.