Black Panther 2 Disney+ Release Date Disappointing Update
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is now playing in theaters, and while many are waiting for the MCU sequel to come to Disney+, a new report indicates that the release won’t be coming anytime soon.
Don’t just do it Black Panther 2 marks the return of one of the MCU’s most popular franchises, but it also brings Phase 4 to a close. Through this post-Final game chapter of the MCU, Disney+ has proven to be of great importance as it delivers original TV content and serves as the streaming home of MCU films.
Marvel’s films have all had varying amounts of time between their theatrical and streaming debuts, with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness which marks the shortest time between the two mentioned dates of 47 days and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings the longest at 70 days between the two releases.
This has meant that with each new MCU release, there has been no sense of certainty as to when audiences will be able to relive that experience from home. And while the anticipation may be high to enjoy Wakanda forever once again, especially after the excellent reactions it got, fans can wait a while.
Black Panther 2 isn’t coming to Disney+ anytime soon
A recent report from Deadline about the box office of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever revealed that the MCU sequel won’t debut on Disney+ until 2023.
This comes despite the hopes of many about it Black Panther 2 would be available to enjoy at home in time for the holidays. Not to mention, since the Disney+ releases are usually synced with the home release, it could have been a popular Christmas gift.
The trade revealed that Wakanda forever is planned to have a theater period of at least 45 days before coming to the cinema with “no plans … to land on Disney+ at the end of the year:”
“As we mentioned earlier, there’s a robust theatrical window ahead, a minimum of 45 days, with no plans for the Ryan Coogler-directed-written film to land on Disney+ at the end of the year (ala Strange world).”
Deadline added that exhibition chains have been informed about it Strange world — Disney’s newest theatrical animated offering — will hit the streaming service “in time for the year-end holidays,” although there are no plans for Marvel Studios’ latest to make a similar move:
“While the exhibit has been told that Disney’s animated Thanksgiving release Strange world coming to Disney+ in time for the year-end holiday season, there’s a robust theatrical window ahead Wakanda foreverdefinitely more than 45 days, I understand, with no plans for a holiday slowdown on the studio’s OTT service.”
As families gather for the holidays, Disney would logically want a new blockbuster to play on its streaming service for the season, and the only options for this were Black Panther 2 or Strange world.
Since the MCU event will likely have a much longer life at the box office than the animated film, it makes sense to save Wakanda forever for 2023 when the theatrical peak has passed.
However, one region will be waiting even longer as Disney recently revealed Black Panther 2 won’t come to its streaming service in France until spring 2024 due to “current window frame” in the European region.
Predict Black Panther 2’s Disney+ Release Date
With how popular Black Panther 2 has been in its first few days in theaters, it will certainly be a movie fans look forward to enjoying at home when it’s available to watch anytime on Disney+. But with this update, the time between the two premiere dates seems to be at least closer to the average time it took the other movies to move to Disney+.
This decision appears to be largely due to Disney wanting to get as much potential box office revenue as possible out of Black Panther 2 before fans can stream it or just $8 per month. Before the end of the year is the only major box office competition the film should have Avatar: The Way of the Waterwhich doesn’t hit theaters until more than a month after Black Panther 2 debuted first.
But now the question is: when exactly Black Panther 2 Want to hit the streaming service?
At the very high end, a 70-day window, which Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings previously used, the film would premiere on Disney+ on January 20, 2023. Disney and Marvel may want to reap as much box office as possible, especially considering how well Black panther the sequel does financially out of the gate.
January 1, 2023 will mark a 51-day processing time, which will be at the lower end just as Doctor Strange 2 our. The safest bet would be anywhere between these two dates, which Avatar: The Way of the Waterits release will undoubtedly cut in Wakanda Forever’s theatrical revenue anyway.
And while fans will have to wait longer than expected for its streaming debut, now is the perfect time to enjoy this massive new adventure on the big screen as the world takes in the latest Marvel spectacle.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever now playing in cinemas worldwide.