The coronavirus pandemic is changing the plans of all theatrical releases. The news that Mulan will be released simultaneously in theaters and Disney + could be added to the next Marvel Studios movie, Black Widow.
In an alternate world, executives in the Disney boardroom would be toasting for their latest commercial hits, as Black Widow and Mulan topped the box office charts worldwide, with the first major box office hits from Mouse House. of 2020 combined, obtaining close to 2 billion worldwide.
Of course, in our world, the Coronavirus pandemic has changed everything, the industry has stopped, and Disney has not been immune to the financial impact of the global crisis. With its theme parks closed for months, its cruise ships docked, its main productions closed, and its biggest movies removed from the calendar, the company will lose billions and billions in revenue.
With no end in sight, Disney has taken the unprecedented step of announcing that Mulan will be exclusively targeting its streaming service for a one-time fee, which is unprecedented for a blockbuster with a $ 200 million budget. Obviously, this has led to the belief that Black Widow will end up following its lead, despite everyone keeping their fingers crossed that the industry will have recovered with the planned launch of Phase Four in November.
And while it remains to be seen what will happen, in March, forecaster Grace Randolph, who has a trustworthy track record when it comes to scoops surrounding the world of mega-budget blockbusters, hinted that Black Widow and Mulan might not making it to theaters entirely, and following yesterday's news, he's already proven to be at least 50% right. As such, it cannot be ruled out that it ends up going two by two, despite what Disney CEO Bob Chapek says publicly.
The movie business is already gearing up for a $ 20 billion deficit this year, and with the reopening of theaters taking much longer than even the most pessimistic could have predicted, we'll have to get used to the idea of Let blockbusters like Black Widow debut on the small screen. At least, for the rest of the year.
In Marvel Studios' Black Widow, an action-packed spy thriller, Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, faces the darkest chapters of her history when a dangerous conspiracy related to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to end her, Natasha must deal with her story as a spy and with the trail of destroyed relationships she left behind long before she became an Avenger. Scarlett Johansson reprises the role of Natasha / Black Widow, Florence Pugh plays Yelena, David Harbor plays Alexei / The Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz is Melina. Black Widow is directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige. It is the first film of the Fourth Phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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