Marvel Studios’ final film of 2022 and Phase 4 is the MCU’s long-awaited sequel to the 2018 box office hit, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,
Starring Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira and Winston Duke, black panther 2 It will show how T’Challa’s family and allies struggle to protect Wakanda and embark on a new path after the death of the protagonist.
This particular plot is unique in that it depicts the actual cast and crew black panther 2 T’Challa’s had to do with the tragic demise of Chadwick Boseman.
The fact that this sequel film exists, given the loss of its title star and the challenges it has faced related to COVID, is a huge achievement and a hard-won victory.
However, it seems wakanda forever There’s another challenge to face thanks to a new international law relating to theatrical releases.
Will Disney cancel Black Panther 2 in France?
As reported by Le Film Francais via Booska-P, Disney is considering cancellation Black Panther: Wakanda ForeverTheatrical release in France.
This is due to a French law that requires theatrically released films to wait 17 months before being released on subscription-based streaming platforms.
Currently, none of the MCU movies from Phase 4 have made it to the streaming service in France, possibly due to regulations.
The window for release to a streamer for an additional fee, such as in the case of Disney+ Premier Access, is 4 months.
This expanded window is understood to be intended to allow free-to-air channels to broadcast programming first.
With regard to the French law, Disney issued the following statement which is transcribed:
“The media timeline forces us to rate its theatrical release film by film. We have yet to decide on the release of Black Panther.”
This isn’t the first time Disney has addressed this particular law, and the company has already shown that it will cancel a theatrical release as a result.
Back in June, Disney announced that the upcoming animated film, strange worldWill not receive a theatrical release in France, but will go directly to Disney+.
Black Panther 2 announcement imminent
While audiences are becoming accustomed to shorter theatrical release windows and direct-to-streaming debuts, France is only one example of its opposition to these industry changes.
Reportedly, Pixar people are disappointed with Disney abandoning theatrical release for their films in favor of Disney+, and theater chains, in general, have expressed concern over the change.
It is also worth noting that strange world It was slated to release in France on 23 November, while black panther 2 It is set to release in the UK on 11 November and in Italy on 9 November.
Given the fact that Disney has yet to make a decision for a film that was supposed to debut strange worldit seems that black Panther The decision is tough for Disney and/or the potential means of strategy.
After all, Disney and Marvel Studios won’t be the only players battling this particular regulation. If Disney chooses to send wakanda forever As for streaming, French cinemas and their staff will also suffer.
However, whether they would blame Disney or the French law is unknown.
as black panther 2With the release date approaching, Disney’s decision is set to be made in the next few weeks.
And, as theaters and studios enjoy box office success after the pandemic, it’s unlikely that this is the last time Disney has to face the issue of release windows and direct-to-consumer streamers of its own. has been forced.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever It is scheduled to release in US theaters on November 11.