Saturday, April 13, 2024

Disney Moves “Black Widow” to July Theaters and Streaming with $30 Ticket, Pushes All Films Through Year


Wanna see Scarlett Johansson in “Black Widow”? Well it won’t be in May, as planned. Disney has abandoned May for July 9th, when it will show “Black Widow” in theaters and on Disney Plus. The latter will be $30 after you’ve subscribed. Get six people in the room with you.

“Black Widow” was ready to go more than  a year ago. My joke is she’s been a widow so long it’s a wonder she hasn’t remarried!

“Cruella,” another take on “101 Dalmatians,” will come to Disney Plus on Memorial Day, Monday May 28th. That will also cost $30 over the Disney Plus subscription. I guess Disney figures by the last day of Memorial Day weekend you’ll be desperate enough to pay anything to occupy the kids.

More Disney changes: Pixar film “Luca” will just go to Disney Plus on June 18th with no extra fee. “Free Guy” (Aug. 13), “The King’s Man”(Dec. 22), “Deep Water” (Jan. 14, 2022) and “Death on the Nile” (Feb. 11, 2022) are getting theatrical releases, as is “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” on September 3rd.

This past year, the Academy allowed movies to play online and streaming to qualify for Oscars. It’s unknown whether that will continue with this new crop of films.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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