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Disney to release ‘Black Widow,’ ‘Cruella’ day and date in theaters and on Disney+

by Brittani Tuttle

Disney announced new release details for its summer slate of films today, including updated launch plans for the live-action “Cruella,” Marvel Studios‘ “Black Widow,” and Disney and Pixar’s “Luca.”

“Today’s announcement reflects our focus on providing consumer choice and serving the evolving preferences of audiences,” said Kareem Daniel, chairman of Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution. “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.”

Following the release strategy of “Raya and the Last Dragon” and “Mulan,” the live-action film “Cruella” and Marvel Studios’ long-delayed “Black Widow” will now launch simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ for $30 through Premier Access in most markets on Friday, May 28 and on Friday, July 9, respectively.

Similarly to the release of Disney and Pixar’s “Soul,” the upcoming animated Pixar feature “Luca” will stream exclusively on Disney+ for free starting Friday, June 18. In international markets where Disney+ is not yet available, the film will be released theatrically; premiere dates are to be announced.

A few other theatrical release dates also changed for other upcoming films. These new release dates include:

  • “Free Guy” – Aug. 13, 2021
  • “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” – Sept. 3, 2021
  • “The King’s Man” – Dec. 22, 2021
  • “Deep Water” – Jan. 14, 2022
  • “Death on the Nile” – Feb. 11, 2021

What do you think about Disney releasing tentpole movies via Premier Access on Disney+? Will you pay to see the movies at home, wait for them to be free on the streaming service, or are you ready to head back to the theater? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

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