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'Black Widow' will be released straight to Disney+ this summer

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Black Widow is set to be released simultaneously on Disney+ and in cinemas, the streaming giant has confirmed.

The forthcoming Marvel film, a standalone prequel about Scarlett Johansson’s titular character, was originally due for release last year but was delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

  • READ MORE: ‘Black Widow’: release date, plot and everything we know so far

Disney’s media and entertainment distribution chairman Kareem Daniel announced yesterday that Black Widow would follow a hybrid release model alongside 101 Dalmatians prequel Cruella. 

“Today’s announcement reflects our focus on providing consumer choice and serving the evolving preferences of audiences,” Daniel said in a statement obtained by the Guardian.

Users will be able to watch Black Widow and Cruella as part of the premier access service on Disney+, as with recent animated title Raya and the Last Dragon and live-action Mulan remake.

The service requires subscribers to pay an additional £19.99 rental fee as well as their monthly or annual subscription charges.

In other Disney+ news,  the streaming platform announced yesterday (March 23) that Marvel series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier became the most-watched series premiere on opening weekend.

In a four-star first-look review of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, NME wrote: “Sharp, funny, and packing some awesome action scenes with a whole lot of character potential, The Falcon And The Winter Soldier is off to a flying start.”

Black Widow will be released on Disney+ and in cinemas on July 9 – after initially being scheduled for release on May 1, 2020. Stay tuned for more updates as they come in.

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