Today, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution announced an updated summer film release schedule.
Among the changes was Marvel Studios' "Black Widow", which will now be released both on Disney+ and in theatres on July 9. Another notable film that changed was Disney's Live-Action "Cruella", now set for release on Disney+ and in theatres on May 28.
Kareem Daniel, Chairman, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution, said, "Today's announcement reflects our focus on providing consumer choice and serving the evolving preferences of audiences. By leveraging a flexible distribution strategy in a dynamic marketplace that is beginning to recover from the global pandemic, we will continue to employ the best options to deliver The Walt Disney Company's unparalleled storytelling to fans and families around the world."
While things are slowly getting back to normal with COVID vaccines becoming more and more available, it's still just the beginning, and clearly, Disney isn't willing to put all of their eggs in the theatrical release basket just yet.
Disney also revised the release dates for the following:
"Free Guy" on August 13, 2021
"Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" on September 3, 2021
"The King's Man" on December 22, 2021
"Deep Water" on January 14, 2022
"Death on the Nile" on February 11, 2022