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Disney Announces Updates to Summer Release Scedule

Disney have today announced new release details for a number of titles on Walt Disney Studios’ upcoming slate of films. The announcement updates rollout details for the forthcoming Disney live-action “Cruella,” Marvel Studios’ “Black Widow,” and Disney and Pixar’s “Luca,” and also includes revised premiere dates for several other titles.

“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,” said Kareem Daniel, Chairman, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

Black Widow & Cruella

Following the successful release of “Raya and The Last Dragon, the highly anticipated live-action film “Cruella” and Marvel Studios’ long-awaited “Black Widow” will launch simultaneously in theatres and on Disney+ with Premier Access in most Disney+ markets.

Cruella – Friday, May 28

Black Widow – Friday, July 9

Luca

Similar to the launch of Disney and Pixar’s Academy Award-nominated “Soul” that delighted Disney+ subscribers during the holidays, Disney and Pixar’s “Luca” will stream directly in homes worldwide exclusively on Disney+ , as a special offering to kick-off the summer season.  In international markets where Disney+ is not yet available, the film will be released theatrically, with premiere dates to be announced.

Luca – Friday, June 18

Theatrical release dates also shifted for several additional upcoming films. New release dates include:

  • “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

What do you think of Disney’s decision to shift its summer slate? Will you be watching Black Widow and Cruella in the cinema or at home?

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