Finally. Black Widow is here and it's spectacular. The first Marvel tentpole movie to be released since COVID began, Scarlett Johansson kicks supreme ass as the titular superhero, also known as Natasha Romanoff, and simultaneously rocks the house as the first woman to headline a Marvel flick. Even better, we are treated to a plethora of formidable actresses assisting in said ass kicking, including Florence Pugh and Rachel Weisz.
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Though it will premiere in theaters on July 9, you'll also be able to watch it at home. Like most Marvel content, it's on Disney+. But, there's a catch: It's not free. So, in order to watch Black Widow, you'll have to upgrade to an extra cost on Disney Plus Premier Access. Here's what you need to know.
When is the Black Widow release date?
Black Widow will be available on Disney+ Premiere Access starting on Friday, July 9.
However, if you prefer to see it in theaters you can catch the movie a little earlier. Black Widow actually premiered in the United Kingdom on July 7. In the U.S., the earliest screenings start on July 8
Where to Watch Black Widow?
Black Widow will be available to watch in cinemas and on Disney+ with Premier Access.
That's right, fans have a choice in how they get to watch Black Widow, either in the movie theatre or from the comfort of their own home. Fans in the US can book tickets for Black Widow here while readers in the UK can do the same here.
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The film begins releasing in cinemas worldwide from July 7th while the film's Disney+ release will coincide with the film's arrival in the US at midnight Pacific Time on July 9th. That translates to 3am ET in the US, 8am here in the UK, 12:30pm in India and 5:00pm in Sydney, Australia. In countries where Disney+ is not available, Black Widow will be exclusively released in cinemas.
Black Widow playing in theaters?
Yes! Marvel is back at the movies, baby. It's been a while, but Black Widow is finally premiering in basically every theater near you. It's Marvel. What else would you expect? But since there's still a pandemic going on, Disney is also giving audiences the option to watch from home, which brings us to
How to watch Black Widow
Black Widow will be available to purchase for $29.99 on Disney+ beginning Friday, July 9. You can buy the film by going to the Disney landing page on your browser or the Disney+ app. You'll also need a Disney+ subscription to purchase the film.
How much will Black Widow cost?
Black Widow costs $29.99 to buy on Disney+, but you must be a current subscriber to Disney+ before you can buy the film-and that is $7.99/month. That's approximately $38 to watch Black Widow. The good news is that once you purchase the film, it's free to stream and watch whenever you want for as long as you stay a Disney+ subscriber.
What is Disney Plus Premier Access?
'Disney Plus Premier Access' is the name for all the Disney+ premium video-on-demand releases, first used for the release of Mulan in September and subsequently for Raya and the Last Dragon as well as Cruella. However, based on the release of Mulan-which is now available to rent on Amazon, iTunes, and more-you will also eventually be able to rent Black Widow on other digital platforms.
What time will Black Widow be on Disney Plus?
New titles are typically added to Disney+ at 3AM ET, or 12AM PT. If it's midnight on the west coast on Thursday night and you still don't see Black Widow on Disney+, try refreshing the page or logging out and logging back in again. Because this is Disney+ Premier Access, it may take longer to load.
When will Black Widow be on Disney Plus for free?
Disney has not yet announced when Black Widow will be free on Disney+. However, we can guess the film will be free of charge in early October 2021 based on the release of Mulan (2020), which you could stream free on Disney+ exactly three months after it premiered on Disney+ Premier Access on September 4.
Black Widow release
Black Widow director Cate Shortland is hoping Marvel fans will see the film in cinemas even though it will be available on Disney+.
Following more than a year of speculation, Disney finally confirmed in March it would release Black Widow on its streaming service for a Premier Access price at the same time as it opens in cinemas.
While other filmmakers like Christopher Nolan and Dune director Denis Villeneuve have publicly objected to their new films getting hybrid streaming and cinema releases, Cate Shortland took a different approach to Black Widow.
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'Well, we made this film to be seen in cinemas, and it's not so much seen in cinemas, it's felt in cinemas because we created the sound, and the music, and just the huge beautiful spectacle was to be seen on a big screen,' she told Deadline.
'So, as a director, I want people, if they're safe, to see it in that environment, but I know some people can't for a lot of reasons, pandemic and also a lot of reasons. So, it's really cool that other people will still get to see the movie.'
Disney is taking a separate approach with Black Widow than it has with some of its animated releases, as Luca and Soul didn't actually require an additional payment to view on Disney+.
Anyone wanting to stream Black Widow on its release date will need to have a Disney+ subscription, plus be willing to shell out $29.99 / Pound 19.99 to own a digital copy of the film. Premier Access is not available for those without a Disney+ subscription.
Black Widow is out in cinemas on July 7 in the UK and on Disney+ with Premier Access on July 9. In the US, it will be released on July 9 both in cinemas and on Disney+ with Premier Access.
How to Watch 'Black Widow' on Disney Plus and in Theaters: Release Date and More
Black Widowis coming to a big - and small - screen near you very soon! Marvel's latest big budget entry into the extended universe is finally upon us after being delayed more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both in theaters and on Disney+ the same day.
Scarlett Johansson is back as Natasha Romanoff in the film, who has to return to Russia and reunite with her sister (Florence Pugh) to stop an immensely powerful villain. Rachel Weisz and David Harbour also star in the movie, which is considered the first film in Marvel's 'Phase Four,' and second to be released - following Spider-Man: Far From Home - after Avengers: Endgame.
So how and when can you watch Black Widow? Thankfully, you've got a couple options. Read on below for more.
When does Marvel Studios' Black Widow premiere?Black Widow will be available in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access on Friday, July 9.
How to watch Black Widow on Disney+: First, you do have to subscribe to Disney+ for $6.99 per month. However, in order to watch the film, you will have to pay an additional one-time fee of $29.99 for Premier Access to watch Black Widow on the streaming service on July 9. If you are a Disney+ subscriber, you can pre-order Black Widow on Disney+ with Premier Access now.
When will Black Widow be available at no extra cost to subscribers on Disney+: If you want to wait out the up-charge, you'll have to wait til Oct. 6, when Black Widow will be available to all Disney+ subscribers.
How to watch Black Widow in theaters: With theaters opening up around the country, it's very likely you can now safely make the trip to see Black Widow the way an action-packed Marvel movie was meant to be seen! You can search on Fandango and book tickets to watch Black Widow in theaters starting on the eve of July 9.
Meanwhile, watch the video below for what Johansson and Pugh had to say to ET about playing sisters in Black Widow.
Here's when you can watch 'Black Widow' for free on Disney+
2020 was a lost year for Marvel due to the COVID pandemic, but the studio is more than making up for it with an incredibly busy start to 2021. Already this year, we have seen WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and the first episode of Loki, and we're not even halfway through June. Sadly, Marvel's movie drought has now reached 23 months, but the MCU is finally making its triumphant return to theaters next month with the release of Black Widow.
Two years is much longer than anyone expected to wait between movies when Spider-Man: Far From Home debuted in 2019, but the extended delay comes to an end on July 9th. Not only will Black Widow get a wide release in theaters, but you can also watch the new movie at home... if you have an active Disney+ subscription and are willing to pay $29.99 for Premier Access.
One way or another, hardcore Marvel fans are going to spend money to see Black Widow as soon as it's available, whether that means going to a movie theater and buying a ticket or ponying up the fee for Premier Access. As for those of you that do not mind waiting until the movie goes free on Disney+, you will not have very long to wait, as Disney revealed on its website that Black Widow will be available for everyone with a Disney+ subscription for no additional charge starting October 6th.
If waiting until October isn't an option, Disney is giving fans one big reason to see the movie while it's on the big screen this July. As Deadline reported last week, the IMAX version of Black Widow will feature 22 minutes of footage in an expanded aspect ratio. The scenes have been specially formatted to show up to 26% more of the image on the screen at a 1.90:1 aspect ratio.
IMAX CEO Rich Gelfond spoke to Deadline about the upcoming IMAX version of Black Widow: 'Marvel and IMAX have a really great partnership and we think we each complement each other's brand. We try to do something for the fans to celebrate the relationship.'
Here is the synopsis for Black Widow, which stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, Florence Pugh as Yelena, David Harbour as Alexei, and Rachel Weisz as Melina:
In Marvel Studios' 'Black Widow,' Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.
Marvel Studios' Black Widow comes to theaters and Disney+ Premier Access on July 9th, and will later be available for free to everyone with a Disney+ subscription as of October 6th.