Black Widow on Disney Plus now: How to watch the Marvel action flick

Scarlett Johansson stars as the title character in Black Widow.

Marvel Entertainment/Screenshot by Joal Ryan for CNET

Black Widow brought the Marvel Cinematic Universe back to the big screen in July, but it was only on Disney Plus for a month at an extra $30 fee. Great news: The superspy flick is back on Disney Plus now, and there’s no extra cost.

The action-packed solo outing for Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow has been available to rent or buy digitally since Aug. 10 and on DVD and Blu-ray since 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 was the first MCU installment to hit theaters since Spider-Man: Far From Home in July 2019. The pandemic pushed back the film’s original release, slated for May 2020. The streaming release was a sore point for Johansson, who sued Disney over lost earnings.

When was Black Widow first released?

  • Disney Plus: It became available July 9, but only for a month.
  • 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 will be available for all Disney Plus subscribers, and will remain available for the foreseeable future at no extra cost.

Black Widow was the fourth Disney Plus film available through for a month if you paid Disney’s Premier Access $30 fee The others were Mulan, Raya and the Last Dragon, Cruella and Jungle Cruise. As theaters re-open, Disney has moved away from the same-day streaming release, premiering Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings only in theaters.

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 is 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. DVD and Blu-ray came out Sept. 14. They 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.

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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 Phase Four release slate, which also includes titles such as Shang-Chi and Eternals. 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, and Hawkeye is coming in December.

Black Widow trailer

Here’s a promo from Marvel teasing the film.

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Black Widow on Disney Plus now: How to watch the Marvel action flick