When will Wakanda Forever be on Disney Plus? [Update]

January 5, 2023
KieranDavidBurt 0
Disney+, News, Streaming Service

When will Black Panther: Wakanda Forever be on Disney Plus? We discuss whether Wakanda Forever will come onto Disney+ and when it’s likely to do so.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and sees Shuri, Queen Ramonda, and Okoye deal with the death of King T’Challa, and the rising power of Talokan and Namor. The film took a stark departure from the usual MCU format, with a focus on the geopolitical fallout after 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 marketplace. Now, it’s nearing the end of its theatrical run, and this cathartic installment of the MCU will soon find itself being cycled out of theatres and onto Disney+. But what date will this be?

Is Wakanda Forever going to 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 come out on Disney+.

The two exceptions to this are The Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man: No Way Home, and this is because Disney doesn’t own the distribution rights for those two films. Universal owns the distribution rights to any solo Hulk films, and Sony retains distribution rights to any solo Spider-Man films.

As Disney has full ownership of the rights of Wakanda Forever, the film will eventually make its way onto Disney+.

When will Wakanda Forever be on Disney Plus?

January 5th, 2023 Update:

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

December 12th, 2022 Update:

Disney hasn’t released the date that Wakanda Forever will come to Disney+. There is a 45 exclusivity period for cinemas, meaning that the earliest the film could come to Disney+ is on December 26, Boxing day. This is unlikely to be the case, as Disney hasn’t released a Marvel movie straightway onto Disney+ after its theatrical exclusivity has expired.

Wakanda Forever has been doing quite well at the box office, so it’s likely that Disney will want to keep the film in theatres for just that bit longer to maximize its profits. Of course, this position might be revaluated once Avatar: The Way of Water crashes into cinemas on December 16, but it’s unlikely that it will wash away all of Wakanda Forever’s earning potential.

Comparing Wakanda Forever to Eternals might help figure out its Disney+ release date. Eternals released in cinemas on November 5, 2021, a similar time of the year as Wakanda Forever. It didn’t come onto Disney+ until January 12, 2022, 68 days after it was released in cinemas.

With both of these things in mind, it’s more likely that Wakanda Forever will release on Disney+ at some point in January 2023.

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

There is no set time period for how long it takes Disney+ to release its MCU films onto the streaming service, but it’s so far been after the 45 exclusivity period has ended. Excluding Black Widow and Spider-Man: No Way Home, below are the phase 4 films, their UK release dates, and how long they took to come to Disney+.

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

Eternals – released in cinemas on 5 November and came out on Disney+ 68 days later.

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

Thor: Love and Thunder – released on July 7 in cinemas and came out on Disney+ 63 days later.

Looking at this, there is an average of 62 days between the release of a Marvel film in cinemas and the release on Disney+, with it often taking longer. It’s not a hard and fast rule, though, as Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness hit Disney+ several days before their counterparts.

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