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Black Widow on Disney Plus: Release date, time, cost and how to watch

The superspy flick, which made its debut in theaters and on Disney Plus, will be available to rent or buy digitally starting Aug. 10.

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Scarlet Johansson stars as the title character in Black Widow.

Marvel Entertainment/Screenshot by Joal Ryan for CNET

Black Widow, the long-awaited solo film for the iconic Marvel Avenger and superspy, will soon get a home release outside of Disney Plus. The action-packed flick will be available to rent or buy digitally starting Aug. 10 and arrives on DVD and Blu-ray Sept. 14. The film originally landed in movie theaters and on Disney Plus through Premier Access on July 9

Natasha Romanoff's (aka Black Widow's) solo story is the first Marvel installment to hit theaters since Spider-Man: Far From Home in July 2019. The pandemic pushed back the film's original release, which was slated for May 2020.

Per Marvel, the film follows Romanoff as she is pursued by a force determined to bring her down. She has to confront her past as a spy and "the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger," including that with sister figure Yelena.

With Premier Access, you can stream the blockbuster for an additional $30 on top of the price of your Disney Plus subscription.

When was Black Widow first released?

  • Disney Plus: It became available July 9.
  • Theaters: It was released in some areas as early as July 8. 

How much does it cost?

If you subscribe to Disney Plus

Black Widow is available for Disney Plus subscribers to purchase through Premier Access. It was released the same day it hit theaters. After you shell out the additional $30 for access, you can continue to watch the film ad infinitum as long as you have an active Disney Plus subscription. Black Widow is the fourth Disney Plus film available through the Premier Access model, following Disney's Mulan, Raya and the Last Dragon and Cruella. The flick will become free to all Disney Plus subscribers Oct. 6.

A Disney Plus subscription currently sits at $8 a month, or $80 a year. In March, the subscription service raised its price an additional dollar a month, from $7 to $8. Its annual subscription was raised from $70 to $80.

Through digital and Blu-ray release

The film will be available to rent or buy digitally starting Aug. 10, about a month after its initial release in theaters and on Disney Plus with Premier Access. You can nab a DVD and Blu-ray version on Sept. 14. The releases will include HD and 4K UHD options and a Blu-ray/DVD/digital combo pack. 

The home release of the film includes bloopers, featurettes and nine deleted scenes. You can read more about those extras here.

In theaters

The film made its debut in theaters July 9, and in some places as early as July 8. 

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Florence Pugh joins Johansson for the spy superhero flick.

Jay Maidment/Marvel Studios

Plot and cast

Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff, and Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, a sister-figure to Natasha. Rachel Weisz's character Melina and David Harbour's character The Red Guardian/Alexei are parental figures to Natasha and Yelena.

The film is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase Four release slate, which also includes titles such as Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which is set to drop in the US on Sept. 3, and Eternals, slated for Nov. 5. 

In need of more Marvel? Loki, a Disney Plus series that's also part of the MCU's summer slate, landed on the streaming platform in June.

The latest trailer

Here's the latest promo from Marvel teasing the film.