The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been absent from theaters for over a year with the last entry being 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home. While the MCU seems to be continuing through Disney+ series such as the upcoming WandaVision, the question arises of just when the next MCU film, Black Widow, will be hitting theaters (when theaters are more open). The film, which takes place as a side story for the hero Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), was originally set to debut in the Summer of 2020 but the Coronavirus pandemic forced the film back further and further in the schedule. So the question has arisen if Disney will continue to push this film towards the theaters or if it will instead favor a streaming release on Disney+ as seen with their 2020 films of Mulan and Soul.
Well, Kevin Feige sat down for an interview with Deadline and pretty much confirmed that Disney is still aiming to place Black Widow in theaters in May of 2021. Well, more or less:
“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. Everything we’ve done at Marvel Studios has been based in ‘Ok, if everything goes perfectly, here’s what we’d like to do.’ And until this past year, things have gone remarkably well. And it’s my hope that the world gets back on track and we all get back into theaters, and that people will see and experience week by week for the low monthly fee of Disney+ of what we’re bringing there, and then be excited to get together with people again in real life and sit with strangers and share an experience on the big screen.”
He also spoke a bit about how they’re going forward with Black Panther 2 without Chadwick Boseman. And, no, they won’t be doing a CGI version of the actor:
“Ryan Coogler is working very hard right now on the script with all the respect and love and genius that he has, which gives us great solace, so it was always about furthering the mythology and the inspiration of Wakanda. There’s also the task of honoring and respecting the ongoing learnings and teachings from Chad as well.”