There’s some hot tea coming from the House of Mouse as the latest rumours suggest both Black Widow and Mulan could be released on Disney+ instead of getting a full-blown theatrical release. With the coronavirus pandemic showing no sign of slowing down, Disney has already pushed the release date of both movies, leaving their future unclear.
The pressure is mounting for the studio to release the two blockbusters digitally, and it looks like the campaign is working. A big question mark hangs over whether
Niki Caro’s Mulan and Cate Shortland’s Black Widow will hit the streaming service or be held back until whenever coronavirus is finally over.
According to Inside The Magic, industry insider Grace Randolph has done some digging and suggests both movies will hit Dinsey+ “soon”. It’s unclear how it would work, but the idea could see Black Widow and Mulan have a rental option (that probably wouldn’t be cheap). It would at least allow Disney to claw back some of the money it’s undoubtedly lost by delaying both live-action adventures.
So I did some digging with all the chatter today, and apparently #Disney IS considering releasing not just #BlackWidow but also #Mulan straight to streaming.— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) March 28, 2020
Price points, purchase vs rental, when to #DisneyPlus all still up in the air.
Why wouldn’t Disney hold onto the movies until COVID-19 blows over, even if it’s years away? What’s the hurry?— Francis Chavando (@muckymucks) March 28, 2020
Elsewhere, Black Widow‘s David Harbour has also backed the idea of a digital release. The Stranger Things star is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Alexei Shostakov, aka Red Guardian and is already causing some huge hype with his comedic role as “Russian” Captain America.
Speaking to Heroic Hollywood, Harbour explained, “I’m very much looking forward to being in Black Widow if we ever are able to release that movie. I would love to be able to watch that movie too – y’know I have not seen that movie.”
Discussing where Black Widow goes next, Harbour added, “I have seen some stuff in ADR and it looks really good. And also I was there when we were shooting it and I’m really excited about it. But I would like to see it myself. H—, I would watch it on Disney+.”
We’ve already seen Disney change tact in light of COVID-19. Although it’s only just hit cinemas, the studio is bringing out the Tom Holland and Chris Pratt-led Onward early on Disney+. It’s a risky move to take away an entire movie’s box office takings, but the hope is that the release of outings like Black Widow and Mulan will see a spike in subscriptions. We’ll keep our ears close to the ground.
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