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Marvel boss Kevin Feige is against the Disney+/theater rollout for ‘Black Widow’

A new report suggests Marvel boss Kevin Feige is against releasing ‘Black Widow’ on Disney+ and movie theaters at the same time

This image released by Disney/Marvel Studios shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from “Black Widow,” which is scheduled to be released in July.
This image released by Disney/Marvel Studios shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from “Black Widow,” which is scheduled to be released May 7.
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Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige doesn’t want “Black Widow” to hit Disney+ and movie theaters at the same time.

What’s going on?

Discussions have continued about whether or not “Black Widow” will be a theater-only release or not.

Per Variety, Feige is opposed to the hybrid rollout model and his preference “certainly carries considerable weight at Disney.”

  • “But that doesn’t mean the powers that be can’t eventually convince Feige to change his mind — or overrule him completely,” according to Variety.
  • Sources told Variety that Disney has three to four weeks to decide what they’re going to do with “Black Widow.”

Moving back “Black Widow” would cause a ripple effect, which would likely mean delayed release dates for Marvel’s other projects, including “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (due out July 9) and “Eternals” (due out Nov. 5). This has already happened before.

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Feige didn’t totally rollout the idea of releasing the film on Disney+ in an interview with Deadline during the promotion of “WandaVision.”

“If I had a crystal ball, I’d look into it and tell you. I don’t. All I can tell you is that for the past three years since Bob Iger brought me into his office and talked about a streaming platform that would become Disney+ and asked us to start working on programs for it. Our long lead plan was to have the MCU and the storytelling woven between weekly episodic big swings on Disney+ and into the feature big swings in theaters. It’s my great hope that that continues. Don’t ask me week by week what is going to happen in this world, I have no idea and don’t want to guess. Everything we’ve done at Marvel Studios has been based in ‘OK, if everything goes perfectly, here’s what we’d like to do.’ And until this past year, things have gone remarkably well. And it’s my hope that the world gets back on track and we all get back into theaters, and that people will see and experience week by week for the low monthly fee of Disney+ of what we’re bringing there, and then be excited to get together with people again in real life and sit with strangers and share an experience on the big screen.”

But Disney CEO Bob Chapek said Thursday that “Black Widow” is still scheduled to be released in movie theaters, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.

  • “We are still intending it to be a theatrical release,” Chapek said.
  • “We’re going to be watching very carefully the reopening of theaters and consumer sentiment on going back to theaters,” he said, according to Variety.