After a nearly two year drought without Marvel movies after 2019, the MCU releases are now coming thick and fast with both Eternals and Spider-Man: No Way Home due out within months of each other.
However, Black Widow marked Marvel’s big return to theatres as the first Phase Four film of the MCU, debuting in July 2021 after being delayed by well over a year.
The film sees Scarlett Johansson reprise her role as Natasha Romanoff for what is expected to be the final time, and she’s joined in the cast by a host of big-name MCU newbies, with Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz and David Harbour all taking on key roles.
However Black Widow was the first – and so far, only – Marvel film to simultaneously debut on Disney Plus via their Premier Access scheme, meaning subscribers had to pay an existing £19.99 to stream the film on release.
However this was only a temporary measure, as the film was always destined to join Disney Plus for free at a later date – a date that may well have arrived.
Read on for everything you need to know.
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When will Black Widow be free on Disney Plus?
As with other films that have been released simultaneously in cinemas and on Disney Plus Premier Access – such as Mulan and Cruella – there was a roughly three month period between initial release and the film arriving on Disney Plus for free.
Disney announced that the film would become free for subscribers on Wednesday 6th October – which means it’s available to stream now at no extra cost.
This follows Black Widow’s earlier release on Blu-Ray and DVD on Monday 13th September.
The film is set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, and sees Natasha Romanoff confront her dark past by returning to her native Russia, where she was trained to be a deadly weapon.
The movie’s arrival will also give Disney Plus subscribers the chance to get acquainted with Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova, who will also appear in the streamer’s upcoming series Hawkeye.
If you’re keen to whet your appetite for the film you can check out the extended clip below showcasing one of the movie’s impressive action sequences.
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Disney also released a new TV spot to celebrate Black Widow’s arrival on the streaming service, showcasing exciting action scenes as well as sisterly banter between Natasha and Yelena:
Black Widow is available to stream on Disney Plus now. You can sign up to Disney Plus for £7.99 a month or £79.90 a year now. Looking for something else to watch? Check out our guide to all the Marvel movies in order, our TV Guide to see what’s on tonight, or visit our Movies hub for all the latest news.