Things are looking up. The weather is getting warmer, the vaccine is making its way around the world, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully, soon, some semblance of normalcy will return.
But it’s not here yet. Just ask Disney.
In 2020, nearly every major movie was delayed and held out of theaters. The ones that we did get to see were loaded onto a streaming service, and by the end of the year, even the major blockbusters like Wonder Woman 1984 and Pixar’s Soul had been relegated to HBOMax and Disney+ respectively. We all want the movie theater experience to return, but based on Disney+’s recent moves, it may still be a while.
According to Variety, the MCU’s highly-anticipated Black Widow movie was supposed to hit theaters last spring, and it was supposed to come out this May, but now it’s been postponed again. The good news is it’s finally being released this summer… on Disney+ on July 9. It will be in theaters too, but clearly, the studio isn’t confident that audiences will be flocking back to the multiplexes just yet and would rather pony up $30 bucks for premier access to the first Marvel movie since Spider-man Far From Home. Thankfully, the next entry in the MCU is “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” which is expected to have a traditional theatrical release in September.
The Mouse House is also launching the Cruella DeVille prequel, starring Emma Stone, on its streaming platform on May 28, also via Premier Access, and the next Pixar flick, Luca, will be available on Disney+ at no extra charge to subscribers.
The pandemic forced the entertainment industry to make a lot of changes, and while we’re crawling back to normal, it will take some time. And some stuff may never go totally back to the way it was. Hopefully, even while movies continue to be available at home, we’ll be able to get back to theaters for the full experience soon.