Black Widow, Cruella, Pixar’s Luca Headed to Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar

Black Widow, Cruella, and Pixar’s Luca are headed to Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar — but not in the same way or at the same time. On Tuesday, Disney announced that the Scarlett Johansson-led Black Widow, the next Marvel movie, had been delayed two months. It will now release on July 9 in cinemas and on Disney+ with Premier Access globally. Emma Stone-starred Cruella, the villain’s origin story from One Hundred and One Dalmatians, will follow the same route, but it’s sticking to its May 28 release date. That leaves Pixar’s next film Luca, which keeps its June 18 date but now goes straight to Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar.

Now, because Disney+ with Premier Access — it involves a $30 (roughly Rs. 2,180) or equivalent fee on top of your monthly Disney+ subscription — is not available in select Disney+ markets such as India, both Black Widow and Cruella will only be available in theatres here upon the films’ respective premiere. This was also the case for Mulan and Raya and the Last Dragon, the two Disney films previously released under Disney+ with Premier Access. Those titles were/ will be released on Disney+ Hotstar and Disney+ (outside Premier Access) three months later. If this also applies going forward, Black Widow will release on October 8 on Disney+ Hotstar, while Cruella will arrive on August 27.

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As for Luca, since it’s releasing directly on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar, it will be available in India on day one. If you live in a market where neither Disney+ nor Disney+ Hotstar is available, Luca will be available locally in cinemas. Because of the Black Widow release date change, Disney has moved some of its other titles. That includes its Marvel successor, Shang-Chi, and The Legend of the Ten Rings, which moves from July 16 to September 3. Disney hasn’t said anything about a Premier Access release for Shang-Chi, suggesting that Disney hopes that theatres will be in a better state then. Also on the move are Ryan Reynolds-led Free Guy, from May 21 to August 13. Kingsman prequel The King’s Man jumps from August 20 to December 22. And owing to that, Agatha Christie’s adaptation of Death on the Nile goes from December 2021 to February 11, 2022.

“Today’s announcement reflects our focus on providing consumer choice and serving the evolving preferences of audiences,” Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution chairman Kareem Daniel said in a prepared statement. “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 worldwide.” Cruella is out May 28 in cinemas and on Disney+ with Premier Access. Pixar’s Luca follows on June 18 on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar. Black Widow premieres July 9 in cinemas and on Disney+ with Premier Access.


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