After Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings earned nearly $100 million on its opening weekend as the primary Marvel movie of 2021 to solely be launched in theaters, it’s clear that Disney has seen the perks of a theatrical launch. Disney introduced that its remaining films to be launched this 12 months can be proven completely in theaters, per CNN.
“As confidence in moviegoing continues to enhance, we sit up for entertaining audiences in theaters, whereas sustaining the pliability to provide our Disney+ subscribers the reward of Encanto this vacation season,” says Disney Media & Leisure Distribution Chairman Kareem Daniel in an announcement.
Encanto, that’s set to come back out on November 24, will get a 30-day unique theatrical launch earlier than heading to Disney+. Steven Spielberg’s West Facet Story remake, The Final Duel, Ron’s Gone Mistaken, Kingsman prequel The King’s Man, and Marvel Studios’ Eternals, will all be within theaters completely for 45 days earlier than heading to the streamer.
Eternals is the most important Marvel Studios flick of the 12 months, and followers’ reactions to the movie, partly, decide how a lot Marvel will deal with these characters’ tales—so perhaps Disney believes a hybrid launch could be too huge of a big gamble proper now. However whereas we get that Disney is probably going trying to avoid another Black Widow situation, it’s nonetheless a questionable transfer to set all releases to be theatrical solely whereas COVID continues to be going sturdy, with the Delta variant spreading quickly globally. There was a short interval the place it was secure to go to theaters whereas totally vaccinated and taking correct precautions, however it appears these glory days solely lasted a number of weeks. Who is aware of, although. If we’re fortunate and other people do their half to ensure the Delta variant doesn’t get uncontrolled, we may return to “normalcy” of having fun with MCU films with strangers earlier than the 12 months ends.