Is Black Widow coming to HBO Max?

Black Widow is the long-anticipated return of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it’s out very soon. Directed by Cate Shortland, and once again starring Scarlett Johansson, it’s due for release on July 9. However, as the pandemic has caused so many films to land straight on streaming sites, many are wondering if Black Widow is coming to HBO Max.

Is Black Widow coming to HBO Max?

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No, you won’t be able to watch Black Widow on HBO Max.

That service is owned by Warner Bros., and as such, only films from their own studio get the exclusive day-one release on there. Instead, you’ll be able to catch Black Widow in theaters where applicable, and on Disney+.

In the same vein as other Disney films like Raya and the Last Dragon and Cruella, Black Widow will release on Disney+ as a Premier Access film. This is where you pay an extra add-on fee to watch films at the same time that they’re in the cinema. Purchasing Black Widow in this manner will set you back $30.

Of course, if you don’t want to spend that much on Black Widow, you can still find it in cinemas. If you’ve got an active Disney+ subscription, it’ll also release free of charge to existing subscribers on October 6, so it all depends on whether you want to wait the extra three months or not.

The key fact, though, is that Disney+ is the only way you’ll be able to watch Black Widow at home, prior to its DVD/Blu-Ray release. HBO Max, for better or worse, won’t be there to stream Black Widow. Therefore, if you want to catch up on the super-spy Avenger after two years since the last MCU film, Disney+ is the place to head.

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