2020 marked the first time in over a decade that there was no new Marvel movie in cinemas with both Black Widow and Eternals being delayed by a full year. The ongoing pandemic has cast continued doubt over which rescheduled films will be able to be released. Currently, Black Widow is due to arrive in cinemas in May, but the evolving nature of the pandemic means that nothing can be guaranteed at the moment. Disney previously opted for a Disney+ launch for high-profile titles like Artemis Fowl, and Soul, but the premium VOD release of Mulan got people thinking that Black Widow might follow-suit.
At the time of Mulan's release, Disney was adamant that this was a one-off approach under extenuating circumstances. Warner Bros said the same about Wonder Woman 1984 then casually announced they were doing the same thing for the vast majority of their 2021 releases. In a recent interview with Deadline, Marvel boss Kevin Feige was asked if Black Widow's May theatrical launch was still likely. Here's what he had to say
"If I had a crystal ball, I’d look into it and tell you. I don’t. All I can tell you is that for the past three years since Bob Iger brought me into his office and talked about a streaming platform that would become Disney+ and asked us to start working on programs for it. Our long lead plan was to have the MCU and the storytelling woven between weekly episodic big swings on Disney+ and into the feature big swings in theaters. It’s my great hope that that continues. Don’t ask me week by week what is going to happen in this world, I have no idea and don’t want to guess."
So, there you have it a resounding "I hope so, but I don't know", which at this stage is about as much as can be expected as things can change drastically from day-to-day. On a more positive note, we are just days away from some brand new fresh out the oven Marvel with WandaVision landing on Disney+ on January 15. The nine-episode event series launches with a double helping, and new episodes will hit the streaming service every Friday.