No, I’m not back. But if I hear something cool I’ll still post it here and with Black Widow only a couple of weeks away one of the big fan theories about the movie is about to finally be solved; although not everyone is going to be happy. For the last year and a half some people have been trying to push the theory that Milena and Taskmaster are the same person in the movie (despite them appearing in scenes together). While others think Rick Mason is really in the Taskmaster suit. Neither of those appear to be the case.
A couple of weeks ago a 4Chan leak surfaced that claimed to tell the truth about Taskmaster, and with most 4Chan leaks people dismissed it because it clashed with their headcanon and most of the time the place is just people posting fan fiction disguised as leaks. But in this case, it sounds like the Taskmaster leak is indeed correct according to a source of mine who is in the know. Meaning it’s neither Milena, nor Rick Mason.
Instead, according to the leak Taskmaster is really Dreykov’s daughter who Natasha believes was left for dead but instead is transformed into Taskmaster and returns for revenge. If you think about it, that fits with how Marvel would give context to that line about Dreykov’s daughter from The Avengers.
Obviously this will set people off and spawn endless performance outrage YouTube videos complaining about how a female Taskmaster is destroying the MCU.
What many have been dreading has happened. Instead of doing a hybrid theater/streaming release for Black Widow like they did for Mulan, Disney has delayed the movie to 2021 and as a result the MCU slate has shifted yet again. This also could explain why The Falcon and The Winter Soldier was officially delayed to 2021 when the WandaVision trailer was released. There are rumored to be some thunderous things setup in Black Widow that bolt on into the events Falcon.
This is what the MCU 2021 release schedule looks like now in terms of movies:
Black Widow moves to May 7, 2021.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings moves to July 9, 2021.
Eternals moves to November 5, 2021.
The side effect of all of this is that we might see Loki after WandaVision and before Black Widow/Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The series, which was originally set for an “early 2021” release has recently resumed filming and could possibly land somewhere in the February through April window before Black Widow hits theaters.
Those wondering if we might actually see Black Widow in 2020 might be happy with this bit of news. It appears that Disney has begun the localization process for the film, where they translate and dub it into local languages around the world, which is a good sign it’s coming out in 2020.
The news comes from Amit Chaudhari, who has accurately provided localization information in the past; including the last Black Widow trailer:
According to my sources, #Disney have sent a cut of #BlackWidow movie for localisation process across different countries & 'Disney India' received their cut earlier this month as they're set to dubb it in 5 Indian Languages!! pic.twitter.com/m9Xsb92Q40
With movie theaters still not fully open in places like the US, it’s possible that Disney is planning a hybrid theatrical/Disney+ release following the Premier Access debut of Mulan earlier this month. There have been reports that Disney is happy with how Mulan performed on the streaming service compared to the theaters where it opens, and the Mulan Premier Access does end just a few days before the release of Black Widow…
This week The New Mutants actually opened in some select theaters that are allowed to open in their states, and Disney is running a trailer for Black Widow before each showing. Despite reports online that it’s a “new” trailer, you’ve already seen everything it shows.
The “On May 1” text at the :56 mark is replaced with “On November 6”.
The 5.1.2020 date at the end of the trailer is changed to 11.6.2020.
Other than those two changes, is no new footage or dialog. All of the shots and music are identical to the March 9th trailer. People reporting that it’s new either haven’t watched that other trailer in a while or forgot about it. You are not missing any new Black Widow footage by not seeing The New Mutants in theaters, and there honestly isn’t a real reason to release this trailer online as the only changes to it are the release dates.
Of course whether or not Black Widow releases in theaters on November 6th is subject to many factors including how many theaters are actually open by then, how other theatrical releases such as TENET perform, and probably most importantly how Mulan performs as a Disney+ Premier Access option next week.
While MCU fans are debating and arguing online about whether or not Black Widow will release in theaters on November 6th or if it’ll see some kind of hybrid Disney+/theatrical release; the movie has appeared on one VOD service.
Black Widow has shown up on Movies Anywhere, although without any artwork on the listing:
Although it’s possible this listing is automatically generated, as Black Widow would’ve been releasing on Digital around now had it opened in May originally, the Movies Anywhere listing has the November 6th theatrical release date…
It’s not uncommon for Marvel films to feature scenes in the IMAX aspect ratio, or be entirely in IMAX like the last two Avengers movies, and now we’ve learned that Black Widow will continue the tradition when its eventually released.
Trailer Track’s Anton Volkov listened to the IMAX earnings call yesterday and noticed something no one else did; that thirty minutes of Black Widow will be in the IMAX aspect ratio:
As of right now Black Widow is still scheduled to come out in November. When it does eventually reach home video and digital, it probably won’t include the IMAX scenes.
While in the past the 3D Blu-Rays for the Marvel films did; in recent years IMAX hasn’t allowed that which is why we still can’t see the IMAX Infinity War or Endgame at home. IMAX has their “IMAX Enhanced” digital movies through stores like Fandango NOW, but as of now there aren’t any Disney Marvel Studios movies available, however Sony’s Spider-Man: Far From Home is in IMAX on the service.
When it was revealed that Yelena Belova would appear in Black Widow, most fans assumed that meant they were setting up a new Black Widow for the MCU. After all, she was a Black Widow in the comics and with Natasha dead following the events of Avengers: Endgame; they would need a super spy on the New Avengers, or even Thunderbolts, teams.
Now Cate Shortland, the director of Black Widow, has confirmed to Empire that the movie does indeed setup Yelena to be the new Black Widow going forward:
“[Kevin Feige] realised that the audience would expect an origin story so, of course, we went in the opposite direction,” Shortland tells Empire. “And we didn’t know how great Florence Pugh would be. We knew she would be great, but we didn’t know how great. Scarlett is so gracious, like,‘Oh, I’m handing her the baton.’ So it’s going to propel another female storyline.”
This seems to debunk yet another fan theory. Much like the theory that Rachel Weisz was playing Taskmaster, which we know is not true, some fans believed that since Natasha was wearing Yelena’s vest in Avengers: Infinity War it meant that Yelena died in Black Widow. Now, it’s always possible that Natasha believes that Yelena died, but if the movie is being made to setup a new storyline for Yelena it means we’ll be seeing a lot more of her in the future of the MCU and she’ll obviously survive Black Widow.
The NBA is working out details to start up a shortened season, which will be played in Orlando and the players will be staying in hotels at the Walt Disney World resort. Details on exactly how all of this will work are still being ironed out, but today Walt Disney World revealed some of the things they’ll provide to the players.
In addition to the hotels being assigned today, Walt Disney World says they will make movies available to the players and their families…and one is Black Widow:
Per Walt Disney World Sources: Disney will make movies available for players and their families (once they join). This is likely to include movies that have not been released to the general public, including Marvel's Black Widow.
Black Widow may be delayed and its future uncertain, but the marketing plan that was put into place long before the movie was delayed is marching forward; meaning magazine articles planned months ago are now being released. We saw some information from the new issue of Empire from the UK, but this Friday the new issue of Total Film will hit with Black Widow on its cover.
Total Film has posted a preview of the issue, and they include a quote from Scarlett Johansson who explains why Natasha’s mission in this movie is unexpected:
“I think part of Kevin Feige’s genius is that he always thinks about what fans expect out of these films and then gives them something that they never could’ve dreamed of,” adds Johansson. “The idea of Natasha Romanoff in a family drama is the least expected thing, and I had to wrap my head around what that was going to be because there’s such a big tonal shift.”
Black Widow still does not have a new release date, and Disney is still discussing options of what to do with the movie behind the scenes; even if people on the internet don’t want them to.
With the delay of Black Widow from its original release just one month from tomorrow, there’s a lot of speculation about what Disney could do with the movie now that movie theaters are closed along with most of Disney’s revenue streams, and the biggest controversy is the thought of them releasing it on VOD. Now one of the stars of the movie has commented on that.
“My publisher also sent me an email saying Black Widow had been postponed and I think I replied ‘shocker’,” the actor, 44, said, adding: “Wouldn’t it be fun if we all could just stream it? But that’s above my pay grade.”
But what does he know? He’s just one of the stars of the film. Obviously anonymous fans on social media who seem to be unaware of the pandemic going on and the possible consequences of that know more than one of the people directly affected by the movie’s delay.
Fandom spotted an Instagram Live post that David Harbour made, where he says he hasn’t even seen the movie yet, but he’d watch it on Disney+:
David Harbour says he'd be open to a digital release for #BlackWidow — 'You know I have not seen [Black Widow], I have seen some stuff in ADR and it looks really good … I would watch it on Disney+'
If they were to do a VOD release of Black Widow, it likely wouldn’t be on Disney+ initially. It’s possible they’d do something like Onward where it’s on premium VOD for $20 for a time period before being put on Disney+, although there have apparently been some discussions about a possible premium tier on Disney+ for movies like Black Widow or Mulan.
If cast members from the movie are starting to support a digital release so people can see the film without having to wait another year when theaters are viable again, it’s possible that could influence any discussions Disney is having.