The delay in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s Disney+ streaming premiere shouldn’t come as a big surprise. According to reports, the Marvel sequel’s box office success has almost ensured that it won’t be released on streaming services before the end of the year. The sequel will have a “strong theatrical window,” which means it will be restricted to cinema theaters for at least 45 days, according to the trade. Contrarily, the most recent Walt Disney Animation film Strange World is performing poorly at the box office, which suggests that it may very well make its Disney+ debut in time for Christmas.
The majority of recent Marvel Studios feature films, such as Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Eternals, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, debuted on Disney+ right on the trigger of that 45-day timeframe. Thor: Love and Thunder was in theaters for a lengthier period of time—nearly 60 days—before it was finally released on Disney+. Naturally, Spider-Man: No Way Home from 2021, which was their biggest film of the previous two years, didn’t debut on any kind of streaming service until it had been in cinemas for well over 100 days. The movie went on to gross close to $2 billion worldwide.