Disney Summer Releases 2021

Just Announced: Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Reveals New Release Details for Upcoming Slate of Films

By Beth Deitchman

Mark your calendars! Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution today announced new release details for a number of titles on Walt Disney Studios’ upcoming slate of films, including Disney’s Cruella, Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, and Disney and Pixar’s Luca.

“Today’s announcement reflects our focus on providing consumer choice and serving the evolving preferences of audiences. By leveraging a flexible distribution strategy in a dynamic marketplace that is beginning to recover from the global pandemic, we will continue to employ the best options to deliver The Walt Disney Company’s unparalleled storytelling to fans and families around the world,” said Kareem Daniel, Chairman, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

Disney’s live-action Cruella will launch simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access in most Disney+ markets on Friday, May 28, followed by Marvel Studios’ long-awaited Black Widow on Friday, July 9, respectively. This comes on the heels of the successful release of Raya and the Last Dragon, which launched in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access on March 5.

Similar to the launch of Disney and Pixar’s Academy Award®-nominated Soul that delighted Disney+ subscribers during the holidays, Disney and Pixar’s Luca will stream directly in homes worldwide exclusively on Disney+ beginning Friday, June 18, as a special offering to kick off the summer season. In international markets where Disney+ is not yet available, the film will be released theatrically, with premiere dates to be announced.

Theatrical release dates also shifted for several additional upcoming films. New release dates include:

  • Free Guy on August 13, 2021
  • Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on September 3, 2021
  • The King’s Man on December 22, 2021
  • Deep Water on January 14, 2022
  • Death on the Nile on February 11, 2022

Stay tuned to D23.com for news and more details about all of these films in the coming months.