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Disney bumps Cruella and other upcoming movies to Disney Plus, delays others

Cruella, Luca, Free Guy, and other films have shifted or been postponed

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Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

With the future of movie theater re-openings still uncertain, Disney has shifted the releases of a few upcoming blockbusters.

Notably, Black Widow has been pushed back two months, now coming out in July instead of May. Both Cruella (still slated for May 28) and Black Widow will debut theatrically and on Disney Plus Premier Access at the same time. Disney Plus has debuted movies on its Premier Access service before, with the live-action Mulan last September and with the animated feature Raya and the Last Dragon earlier in March.

Pixar’s Luca, meanwhile, which is set for a June 18 release, will now debut on Disney Plus exclusively (for no extra fee), just like the studio’s previous film, Soul, did on Christmas.

With Black Widow now pushed, Disney’s other films have also been shuffled or postponed. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, originally slated for July 9 (Black Widow’s new date), has now been bumped to Sept. 3. Other shuffled releases include Free Guy (Aug. 13), The King’s Man (Dec. 22), Deep Water (Jan. 14, 2022), and Death on the Nile (Feb. 11, 2022).

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