Black Widow: Bob Chapek debunks Disney+ rumors following Mulan announcement
Yesterday, Disney officially announced that Niki Caro’s live-action film adaptation of Mulan will be making its long-awaited debut on Disney+ in September, instead of its previously scheduled theatrical release on August 21, 2020. Because of this, many fans have been speculating that this might also become the fate for the House of Mouse’s other high-profile films, such as Marvel Studios’ highly-anticipated Black Widow, which like Mulan had also been delayed since last March.
During Disney’s earnings call, Disney CEO Bob Chapek addressed the possibility of the Scarlett Johansson-led MCU film’s potential Disney+ debut. He quickly debunked the speculations by confidently assuring that Mulan‘s Disney+ move is just a “one-off” thing. However, he did admit that future releases might still change, depending on the live-action remake’s PVOD performance.
“We’re very pleased to be able to bring Mulan to our consumer base that has been waiting for it for a long, long time. Mulan is a one-off,” Chapek said. (via Collider) “That said, we find it very interesting to be able to take a new offering to consumers at that $29.99 price and learn from it and see what happens not only in terms of the uptick of the number of subscribers we got on the platform, but also the number of transactions we get on that PVOD offering.”
Scarlett Johansson returns as Natasha Romanoff, a spy and assassin who grew up being trained by the KGB before breaking from their grasp and becoming an agent of SHIELD and an Avenger. The film is expected to be set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, but before Avengers: Infinity War.
Black Widow will also feature a star-studded cast including Golden Globe nominee David Harbour (Stranger Things, Hellboy) as Alexei aka The Red Guardian, Florence Pugh (Fighting with My Family) as Yelena Belova, Academy Award-winning actress Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) as Melina and O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale) as Mason.
The movie was directed by Cate Shortland (Lore) from a script written by Jac Schaeffer (The Hustle). Black Widow is set to release on November 6, 2020.