While we do not typically cover movie tickets going on sale, Disney’s announcement Friday that advance tickets (and Disney+ Premier Access pre-orders) for Black Widow are now available means something significant: the long-delayed film is coming out July 9th. No takebacks this time.
The film, originally meant to debut in May of 2020 became the bellwether for big tentpole films as theaters began to close at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sure, other tentpole releases like F9 and Disney’s own Jungle Cruise preemptively moved a full year from their original release dates, but Black Widow kept moving by months as both Disney and Marvel Studios hoped the pandemic lockdowns would be short-lived. Instead, the film just kept shifting until it was scheduled for release a year after originally planned — and even then, Disney pushed it back to July 9th when it had to make decisions about promoting the film early in the Spring. Now, there’s no turning back and the media machine for the film is underway. As evidence, just look at the above sales pitch with stars Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, and David Harbour encouraging the fans to buy or preorder now.
As the film was originally meant to begin Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it will be interesting to see how its plot ties to things like WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Well, that’s presuming anything in its plot will truly relate to the post-Blip MCU. As previews have revealed, the film is set in the wake of Captain America: Civil War, five or six years prior to the current Marvel calendar.
Black Widow comes to theaters and Disney+ Premiere Access on July 9th.