Will Marvel's Eternals be released on Disney Plus?
Following the huge box office success of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Disney has decided to delay the streaming release of the new Marvel film.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has produced some big hits in 2021, with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Black Widow earning strong reviews. The next title, Marvel’s Eternals, will bring together a new group of superheroes, with Angelina Jolie, Kit Harington and Kumail Nanjiani set to star.
Since buying the rights to Marvel Entertainment in 2009, Disney has had huge success from the super-popular movie franchises and in recent years has released the films on its own Disney+ streaming platform. During the pandemic some new movies actually premiered on the streaming service, but with fans now able to go back to cinemas that is no longer the case.
Marvel’s Eternals is not yet available to stream
Marvel’s Eternals will premiere in cinemas worldwide on Friday, 5 November, with a select few locations also offering Thursday night screenings. However, for now, it will not be available to stream on Disney+ or any other platforms.
Disney have not yet confirmed a date for the film to arrive on the streaming service but, if previous releases are anything to go by, it could take a while to appear.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has been one of the first real box office successes of since cinemas reopened and it appears to have convinced Disney that cinema-first is the way to go. Shang-Chi is the highest grossing movie of the year and it has shown that people are willing to go back cinemas after a year away.
Disney’s refusal to make the film immediately available to stream has undoubtedly boosted box office takings, and outlined a potential structure for Marvel releases in the future.
When can I stream Marvel’s Eternals?
Although an exact Disney+ release date has not yet been released, we do know that Disney is planning for the film to be available exclusively in cinemas for at least 45 days. However it would not necessarily immediately become available to stream after that window.
Reports from CNET suggest that Disney may choose to then offer the film as an online rental or different paid format before coming to Disney+. For other big-budget titles, Disney has made them available to stream using the new Premier Access model, which charges an additional fee on top of the standard subscription price.
Five movies have so far been available using Premier Access, including another prominent Marvel title: Black Widow, back in July. Whether it is available with or without Premier Access, there is a chance that it could be available to stream before Christmas.
45 days after the November 5 release date takes us to 19 December, allowing Disney to bolster their streaming library ahead of the holidays.