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When Will ‘Black Widow’ Be Free for Disney+ Subscribers?

Jason Gurwin

Back in March, Disney announced they would releasing their film “Black Widow” on Disney+ the same day it hits theaters. The film is slated to debut on Friday, July 9th, and like “Mulan”, “Raya and the Last Dragon”, and “Cruella”, will be available on Disney Plus Premier Access for $29.99.

Black Widow

July 7, 2021

Natasha Romanoff, also known as Black Widow, confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

However, now we know, it will follow the same pattern as “Mulan”, “Raya”, and “Cruella” and become available free for Disney+ subscribers three months after its initial debut. That means that “Black Widow” will be available to stream included in your Disney+ subscription on October 6th.

Until recently, with movie theaters shuttered across the country, major media companies have been forced to bring some of their films to streaming. “Hamilton,” “Mulan”, “Soul”, and “Luca” were among films that were on the Disney theatrical slate that have had to be moved to Disney+.

During their Earnings Call in May, Disney CEO Bob Chapek explained that Premier Access exists, in part, to provide a viewing option to audiences who may not feel comfortable seeing a movie in a theater. “Black Widow” will be Premier Access’ biggest test yet.

It will be the first Marvel movie to hit theaters in over two years, and it’s widely expected to be one of the top box office draws of the year. If Disney+ can’t rake in the money with a Marvel film on Premier Access, they could reconsider the program going forward. They company plans to release Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt on Premier Access on July 30th.

Since debuting “Mulan” on Premier Access, Disney has remained tight-lipped about how the film performed on the platform. CFO Christine McCarthy has been on the record simply saying “we are very pleased with what we saw over the 4-day weekend,” but haven’t shared any further details.

Disney+

Disney+ is a new ad-free video streaming service which offers exclusive series and films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more. Disney debuted the streaming service in the U.S. on November 12, 2019.

The Disney streaming service costs $7.99 / month, or $79.99 / year ($6.67 / month). You can bundle it with Hulu and ESPN+ for just $13.99 a month (cheaper than Netflix).

The app supports unlimited downloads, four simultaneous streamers, up to 7 profiles, 4K streaming, and includes hundreds of avatars.

The service includes 25+ new original series, 10+ original movies, 7,500 past episodes, 100 recent movies, and 400 library titles including the entire Disney Vault. The company announced 6 original shows and movies that will be available at launch, including the $100 million 8-episode Star Wars spin-off, The Mandalorian which was directed by Jon Favreau.

You can see the full list of available Disney, Disney Channel, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel, Nat Geo shows and movies, or all available Disney Plus content by checking out our Disney+ Streaming Movie List.

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