With cinema screens closed until further notice and months of movies being pushed back, the movie industry is experiencing an uncertain time like all of us. Some are using this time to speculate whether cinema will change forever, die out or end the year stronger than ever. But others are pushing for the release of movies direct to download, whilst in some cases I think this is great, for example in the case of Birds of Prey and Onward both of which were released at cinemas just before they were shut. But debating if films that have been pushed back should be pushed straight to download seems odd to me. I have recently seen a lot of talk surrounding the release of the next MCU movie Black Widow and I wanted to address this myself. Please read on to see why I believe Black Widow will and should get a full theatrical release.
We now know that Black Widow will get a full Cinematic release in November 2020! Keep up to date with the new movie release calendar here: https://thisisjustafilmblog.blogspot.com/2020/03/movie-release-updates.
Firstly, moving Black Widow direct to download would be a huge step backwards. For years we have waited for a solo Black Widow movie, let's face it this film is well past it's due date which should have been in phase two. Those of us that have waited for years deserve to see this film in its full cinematic glory. Moreover, would people even be suggesting an MCU movie be moved direct to download if it were a male led movie? I certainly think not. For Black Widow to not get a cinematic release would be a huge step backwards and would only fuel the argument that Women should not lead superhero films. Black Widow is a highly important film as the second female lead MCU movie and there is a lot of us that cannot wait to experience this film. Women belong in superhero films.
Thirdly, just look at the success of the MCU! Do you really think a film like Black Widow that stands to make at least millions and has the protentional to hit the one billion mark would even be considered as a non-cinematic release? So why would Disney knowingly choose to not make money? Sadly, one of the first things I learnt about Hollywood was that Cinema is about making money! A movies success is often based on its box office takings. So, It seems silly to me that people really thinking Black Widow releasing to digital is even a slight possibility.
Thank you for reading, stay safe and stay home xx