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It’s the longest wait for a Marvel movie yet, which may not bode well for streaming Ant-Man, Guardians and The Marvels later this year.
The depths of societal alienation forced a wave of high-budget films to stream exclusively, but now theatre exclusives are the norm once more. However, it appeared for a moment that Disney and other major Hollywood film companies might be settling into a new COVID rhythm for how long they kept movies in theatres before streaming them, one that was considerably faster than before in releasing movies to a streaming service.
The dates for streaming releases, meanwhile, are suddenly all over the place. And the wait times are getting longer and longer for the bigger movies, like Marvel’s.
More time has passed before Black Panther: Wakanda Forever became available on Disney Plus than any other Marvel film throughout the epidemic. That’s not a good indicator for how long it will be before you can access movies like Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and The Marvels, which are currently in theatres.
When does Black Panther: Wakanda Forever start streaming?
Disney Plus will start streaming the Black Panther sequel early Wednesday morning, starting at 12:01 a.m. PT/3:01 a.m. ET. Its streaming-release date is more than three months after it hit theaters.
How long will it take for Disney Plus to stream Marvel’s next movies?
Thor: Love and Thunder, Wakanda Forever, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness were the three movies from Marvel that were released in theatres last year. It took 47 days for Doctor Strange to arrive on Disney Plus. A full 62 days after its theatrical debut, Thor debuted on Disney Plus.
Wakanda Forever’s streaming debut will now be delayed by 82 days.
Since Disney Plus started offering theatrical exclusives again in 2021, that is the longest a Marvel film has stayed in cinemas before being made available for streaming on the service. Eternals played in theatres for 68 days, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was on display for 70 days.
(Whether by coincidence or not, the Marvel movie that Disney granted the smallest theatrical window to performed the best at the box office overall. The worldwide box office for Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness exceeded $955 million. The revenue from Wakanda Forever is around $842 million.)
Wakanda Forever, however, might have been delayed so long by Disney Plus because to a factor that doesn’t concern the upcoming Marvel movies: Wakanda Forever, which has a Black director and a largely Black cast, makes its Disney Plus debut on the first day of Black History Month. Disney hasn’t mentioned a connection in the timing, but it’s probable that the film’s delayed streaming was done so that it would be available during a time when Black culture was being celebrated.
However, major Hollywood studios like Disney aren’t giving the expansion of streaming subscribers nearly as much priority as they once did, which lowers the motivation to add major films to a service soon.
For nearly seven months, 209 days, Paramount barred Top Gun: Maverick from its streaming service. The Top Gun sequel made over $1.5 billion at the box office as a result of the campaign.
Disney has been far more aggressive than Paramount in releasing its pictures fast to its streaming service, but it is also beginning to demonstrate that it may also be delaying the release of its high-budget movies for longer in theatres.
If they go at the same rate as Wakanda Forever, you might have to wait more than three months to stream Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and The Marvels, all of which are scheduled to hit theatres next month, May, and July, respectively.