HOLLYWOOD – Walt Disney Co delayed the worldwide release of Marvel Studios film Black Widow by two months until July.
The studio also said it would offer the movie simultaneously in theaters and for a fee on the Disney+ streaming service
Theater operators had been hoping that Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson as the Russian-born spy-turned-superhero, would kick off a summer blockbuster season in early May and draw crowds back to theaters after extended closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Shares of AMC Entertainment, the world’s largest cinema operator, slumped 16% after the announcement.
Disney also said it would offer live-action movie Cruella for a fee to Disney+ customers on the same day it hits cinemas, which is scheduled for May 28.
Cruella and Black Widow will cost Disney+ customers an additional $30 each to stream at home.
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