With Loki on the horizon, Marvel's Phase 4 continues its Disney+ oriented rollout. However, many fans are still awaiting the studio's return to theaters, a moment that will come with the release of Black Widow on July 9, 2021. Unlike previous Marvel films, this project will simultaneously drop on Disney+ via Premier Access" with an additional cost of $29.99 USD attached .
The promotional campaign for the film has gotten off to a strong start with interviews , new teasers , and late-night appearances . Actors have also touched on the roles their respective characters have in the future of the universe.
As the release date gets closer and closer, more information about the specific nature of the film's release is being revealed.
Recently, rumors pointed to a significant length, with the film supposedly running a total of 2 hours and 14 minutes . New information has also been revealed regarding the size and aspect ratio of the film...
A BIG-SCREEN BLOCKBUSTER FOR BLACK WIDOW
According to an announcement from IMAX, as reported by Deadline , the upcoming Scarlett Johansson-starring Black Widow will feature a total of 22 minutes of IMAX. These portions of the film will screen at an aspect ratio of 1:90:1, allowing for an image 26% larger than the typical theater screen.
RETURNING TO THE CINEMA IN MCU STYLE
Fans excited to see Black Widow 's blockbuster action on the big screen may find this news thrilling, promising an even more immersive experience. However, the announcement itself isn't too surprising.
Previous MCU films also utilized IMAX to varying degrees. Entries like Captain America: Civil War used the enhanced aspect ratio to bring to life certain setpieces while the whole of Avengers: Endgame was shot with IMAX cameras .
The announcement does, however, make sense as a publicity piece. Not only does it reiterate information about Black Widow and its release, but it also emphasizes its theatrical quality, possibly pushing audiences toward returning to the cinema.
The 24th MCU film will serve as one of the first significant blockbusters to release in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, so its box office will serve as a key litmus test for the industry. As for whether the film will manage to signal a return to theaters, only time will tell.