Disney+ to stream 'Black Widow' and 'Cruella' the same day as cinemas

Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow on the battlefield (credit: Marvel Studios)
Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow on the battlefield (credit: Marvel Studios)

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Marvel's Black Widow will premiere on the Disney+ streaming service at the same time as in cinemas, the studio has revealed

The delayed superhero movie – which stars Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh and Rachel Weisz – has been pushed from May to 9 July, Disney said.

Emma Stone’s origin story Cruella will also be made available to Disney+ subscribers when it arrives in cinemas on 28 May.

Both Black Widow and Cruella will be offered on Premier Access, which requires an additional fee. That price was set at £19.99 for Mulan and Raya and the Last Dragon.

Pixar's upcoming aquatic adventure Luca will skip cinemas entirely and go straight to Disney+.

Watch the latest trailer for Cruella

Cinemas will be able to reopen in England and Scotland from 17 May at the earliest, while there is optimism in Hollywood after the major markets of Los Angeles and New York began reopening earlier this month.

Cineworld has confirmed it plans to reopen its 127 outlets in May following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. The chain closed down its sites indefinitely in October 2020, following a delay to No Time To Die, the next James Bond film.

As part of an overhaul of its upcoming slate of releases, Disney postponed multiple films.

The Ryan Reynolds-starring comedy Free Guy has been pushed from May to August while adventure film Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings has moved to September.

Thriller Deep Water has been pushed to January next year while Taron Egerton’s The King’s Man will now arrive in December, Disney said.

'Luca'. (Credit: Pixar)
'Luca'. (Credit: Pixar)

And Agatha Christie adaptation Death On The Nile has moved to February next year.

Disney+, the company’s Netflix rival, launched in November 2019 and has seen impressive growth, breaking the 100 million subscriber barrier earlier this month.

Netflix, the streaming market leader, has more than 200 million global subscribers.

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(Credit: Disney+)
(Credit: Disney+)