Black Panther: Wakanda ForeverThe upcoming Disney+ release on February 1st has broken a streaming record for the MCU which should frustrate some fans.
Although it’s not quite on par with 2018’s record-breaking numbers Black pantherthe last one Wakanda forever has proven to be a hit with fans, critics and at the box office. As of now, the sequel currently sits at a worldwide gross of $823 million, with an impressive 94% audience rating and 84% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes.
But after almost two months at the cinema, it continues Black Panther 2 preparing to relax with Avatar: The Way of the Water now dominates the box office and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania on the way next month. This of course means the continuation coming soon to fans’ homes on Disney+ and home media.
The MCU sequel had originally been revealed by Disney+ Support to arrive on the House of Mouse’s streamer on January 20th, but the release has since been confirmed for February 1st. While this isn’t that far off at all, the wait is on Wakanda foreverThe Disney+ release has broken one major record.
Black Panther 2 will break a major MCU Disney+ record
After confirming it Black Panther: Wakanda Forever debuts on Disney+ on Wednesday, February 1, and the sequel has broken a major MCU streaming record that should frustrate many home viewers.
With 82 days between its theatrical release on November 11 and its Disney+ debut on February 1, Black Panther 2 has broken the record for Marvel Studios’ longest theatrical-to-streaming window since the creation of Disney’s own platform.
This beats the record of 70 days previously held Shang-Chi. The full list of MCU theatrical-to-streaming windows can be seen below:
Black Widow was omitted from the list above since it never received a theatrical release and was instead released directly on Disney+ Premier Access. Meanwhile, Spider-Man: No Way Home has yet to release on Disney+ due to it being a Sony production, though a recent deal means it will come to Disney’s streaming service eventually.
Why Black Panther 2 is being released on Disney+ so late
With almost two extra weeks on top Shang-Chiits theatrical-to-streaming release window, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will break the MCU record for the longest wait for a Disney+ release. But why has Marvel Studios chosen to keep the Wakandan sequel a theatrical exclusive for the extended period?
Even with the competition off Avatar: The Way of the Water and Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, Black Panther 2 continues to win big at the box office. Last weekend, Marvel Studios’ blockbuster placed third on the domestic box office charts as it took home over $5 million at the domestic box office, placing it in third place on the charts nearly two months after its debut.
After Black panther became such an international success in 2018, it’s not surprising to see Marvel promoting its sequel so heavily even against stiff competition.
By the time the Disney+ release rolls around on February 1st, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will have been playing in theaters for nearly three months, and Marvel Studios will ensure that all focus has turned to its next big blockbuster with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania coming February 17.
Disney also notably had less than usual to offer theaters this fall, having only released Black Panther 2, Strange worldand Avatar: The Way of the Water. With the animated antics to Strange world coming to Disney+ on December 23rd, the studio was likely looking to spread out the streaming debut of its few big films.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever debuts on Disney+ on February 1.