When is Wakanda Forever on Disney Plus? [Update]

When is Wakanda Forever on Disney Plus? [Update]
When is Wakanda Forever on Disney Plus? [Update]

When is Black Panther: Wakanda Forever coming to Disney Plus? We discuss whether Wakanda Forever is coming to Disney+ and when it’s likely to do so.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the last entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)and see Shuri, Queen Ramonda, and Okay deal with death to King T’Challaand the rising power of Talokan and Namor. The film took a stark departure from the usual MCU format, focusing on the geopolitical fallout following Wakanda’s decision to reveal itself to the world.

The film has also done well at the box office, facing very little competition in a depressed cinema market. Now nearing the end of its theatrical run, this grueling installment of the MCU will soon find itself cycled out of theaters and onto Disney+. But what date will this be?

Will Wakanda Forever be on Disney+?

Marvel is one of the many studios that fall under the Disney brand, and the vast majority of the films in the MCU have been released on Disney+.

The two exceptions to this are The Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man: No Way Home, and this is because Disney does not own the distribution rights for these two films. Universal owns the distribution rights to all solo Hulk films, and Sony retains the distribution rights to all solo Spider-Man films.

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To which Disney has full ownership of the rights Wakanda foreverwill the film eventually come to Disney+.

When is Wakanda Forever on Disney Plus?

Update 5 January 2023:

It has been confirmed that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be available to stream on Disney Plus on February 1, 2023. Subscribers will be able to watch the MCU movie as many times as they want.

Update 12 December 2022:

Disney has not released the date as Wakanda forever coming to Disney+. There’s a 45-theater exclusivity period, which means the earliest the movie can come to Disney+ is December 26, Boxing Day. This is unlikely to be the case, as Disney has not immediately released a Marvel movie on Disney+ after its theatrical exclusivity has expired.

Wakanda forever has done quite well at the box office, so it’s likely that Disney will want to keep the film in theaters just a little longer to maximize profits. Of course, this position can be reassessed once Avatar: The Way of the Water crashes into theaters on December 16, but it’s unlikely to wash everything away Wakanda Forever’s earning potential.

Compare Wakanda forever to Eternals can help figure out the Disney+ release date. Eternals released in theaters on November 5, 2021, a similar time of year as Wakanda forever. It didn’t hit Disney+ until January 12, 2022, 68 days after its theatrical release.

With both of these things in mind, it is more likely that Wakanda forever will be released on Disney+ sometime in January 2023.

How long does it take for new Marvel movies to come out on Disney+?

There’s no set time frame for how long it takes Disney+ to release its MCU movies on the streaming service, but so far it’s been after the 45-year exclusivity period has ended. Excluded Black Widow and Spider-Man: No Way Homebelow are the Phase 4 films, their UK release dates and how long they took to arrive on Disney+.

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – released in theaters on September 3 and arrived on Disney+ 70 days later.

Eternals – released in theaters on November 5 and arrived on Disney+ 68 days later.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – was released in theaters on May 5 and arrived on Disney+ 48 days later.

Thor: Love and Thunder – released July 7 in theaters and arrived on Disney+ 63 days later.

Looking at this, it takes an average of 62 days between the release of a Marvel movie in theaters and its release on Disney+, and often longer. It’s not a hard and fast rule, though Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness hit Disney+ several days before their counterparts.