The internet is divided over Marvel’s Black Widow theatre release. While trade reports suggest a delay, a leak from Disney India suggests the localization process has started
On Tuesday trade magazine Variety reported Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ Eyes New Release Date’ along with Disney’s Soul being moved to its streaming platform. Citing ‘individuals with the knowledge of the situation’ Variety reported Marvel is looking to delay Scarlett Johansson’s standalone superhero movie again in theatres. Further, the report claims Disney is exploring release options for Pixar’s Soul.
This major delay is expected since Warner Bros pushed its superhero offering. Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984 rescheduled from October 2 to Christmas. Christopher Nolan’s time inversion tale Tenet’s box-office report card was an eye-opener for Hollywood. The movie earned its production cost $200 Million in its third week on the international box office. Since the global marketing cost of the movie isn’t included in the figure it’s hard to say it (technically) broke even or not.
Is Black Widow Delaying Again?
What the situation does tell Hollywood is to ‘wait for more people to come out of their homes.’ While like everyone else WB has been delaying its one project after another Marvel is suspiciously quiet except new casting news! No new content or any official announcement has been made about the MCU Phase 4 since last reschedule in April. What makes sense is that Marvel and Disney both are silent because they don’t want to promise another release date and break it. New Mutants’ 5 release dates must have been enough for them this year!
However, the question looms over – will Black Widow be released in the theatres or not? A new Reddit leak suggests that certainly, Marvel is making progress to give fans a taste of superheroes again.
A leaker from India suggests that “Disney have sent a cut of Black Widow movie for localisation process across different countries & ‘Disney India’ received their cut earlier this month as they’re set to dub it in 5 Indian Languages!”
For the uninitiated, ‘movie localization’ is the process where the movie is dubbed, translated and subtitled as per the native language of the country. In India indeed movies are dubbed in 5 different languages Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. One can imagine, given number of languages the movies’ localizing post-production will take up a lot of time.
Marvel bosses at Disney certainly don’t want to lose money on the movie by sitting on it. Also, they don’t want to hurt the billion-dollar potential of the movie. After much demand from the fans and fellow Avengers, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow has come to be. Natasha Romanoff’s story is set to put the events of phase 4 in motion. So if the movie is delayed then so does Falcon And The Winter Soldier and WandVision on Disney+ this year. Now put together that would be too much money to lose due to the continuity issues! Further, a new Disney+ teaser confirms WandaVision coming in 2020.
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Also, the leaker’s timeline fits! If Marvel intents to release Black Widow then localization process will take the amount of time that’s left. When industry insider and Marvel scooper Jeremy Conrad was pointed on social media towards the leak. He had the same idea.
Looks like Marvel does have the intent to release the movie fingers crossed for a safer theatre experience in time it arrives November 6.