Despite Disney moving many of their films from a theatrical release to their streaming service, including the upcoming Pixar film Soul and next March’s Raya And The Last Dragon, the studio will be keeping their Marvel Studios film Black Widow starring Scarlett Johnasson on target for a theatrical release next May.
Set after 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, the film follows the former Russian spy-turned-superhero as she finds her past coming back to haunt her. Joining Johansson in the cast are Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, William Hurt, Ray Winstone, and Rachel Weisz.
Due to the growing interconnected nature of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was thought that the film would be forced to Disney+ if waiting for a theatrical release would force the delay of further projects due to storylines that would be first introduced in Black Widow. It is known that co-star Pugh will be appearing the upcoming Hawkeye Disney+ streaming series just getting into production.
It had previously been rumored that Pugh would also be making an appearance in the already wrapped The Falcon And The Winter Soldier series. But given that that series will be hitting Disney+ before Black Widow‘s premier, that seems unlikely now.