The Marvel Cinematic Universe returns to movie theatres in less than a week, as Marvel Studios' Black Widow is finally set to premiere this Friday, July 9 in Canada.
Black Widow will be the first movie released in the MCU since Spider-Man: Far From Home debuted in June 2019, after pandemic lockdowns and theatre closures worldwide delayed the premiere of the highly-anticipated action flick by over a year.
In Canada, Black Widow will be released simultaneously in movie theatres (where open) and on Disney+ with Premier Access. Premier Access is a one-time fee that will let you stream Black Widow as many times as you want during its theatrical run, up until it's made available for all Disney+ subscribers starting October 6. Premier Access is priced at $34.99 and an active Disney+ subscription is required to purchase.
- Disney+ Premier Access – available to stream now for $34.99
- Disney+ (without Premier Access) – available to all subscribers starting October 6
- In theatres – tickets available in select regions at Cineplex, Landmark Cinemas and Rainbow Cinemas
Black Widow will be the fourth movie released through Premier Access, which essentially works out to be a 90-day early access rental for Disney+ subscribers who pay the one-time fee. Premier Access will likely be the only legal option for many Canadians to watch Black Widow at launch, as sit-down theatres have not been given the green-light to re-open in some provinces, most notably Ontario.
As of July 1, most movie theatres in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland are open with limited capacities, while theatres in Manitoba and Ontario remain closed.
If you're new to Disney+, you can get up to six months of the service for free with Amazon Music Unlimited – a value of up to $71.94. Otherwise, Disney+ is regularly $11.99 per month and unlocks streaming access to all three of the newest MCU series including WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki.
Set after the events Captain America: Civil War, Black Widow sees Natasha Romanoff reunite with friends and family-figures she knew before joining the Avengers, leading her to confront Taskmaster, a mercenary with ties to her past as a Soviet spy. Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff and is joined by MCU newcomers Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova and David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov.