Disney CEO Bob Chapek recently revealed that the House of Mouse is still looking to release Black Widow in theatres. “We are still intending for it to be a theatrical release. We are going to be watching very carefully to see whether that strategy needs to be revisited,” he told The Hollywood Reporter during an investors call.
Black Widow which stars Scarlett Johansson in the titular role, is currently scheduled to be released on 7 May, 2021. The film has been deferred for more than a year due to the pandemic and was set to release on May 1, 2020.
Helmed by Cate Shortland, Black Widow is based on the only female superhero in the Avengers squad. Since Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow sacrificed herself in Avengers: Endgame in order to acquire the Soul Stone, the film is set after the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016).
Black Widow follows Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) finding herself on the run from the law thanks to her aid to Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes. The movie also stars Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, David Harbour, Ray Winstone and Olivier Richters. This will be the first film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Four.
In September 2020, Johansson disclosed the theme of the movie to Empire: “I think this film, in particular, is very much reflective of what’s going on in regards to the Time’s Up movement and the #MeToo movement,” she stated.