The Marvels, Marvel Studios' second Phase 5 movie, has been available to watch in theaters since November 10. But what if you prefer to watch at home or are already looking forward to rewatching it countless times? The answer might not be as simple as you expected.
When can we expect The Marvels to be available via streaming and digital platforms?
If we look at the most recent Marvel Studios releases (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3), we can clearly see all of them were released both on streaming and DVD/Blu-ray roughly three months after their theatrical runs started. However, there are some caveats.
First of all, the digital (buy and rental) releases sometimes arrive as early as one month before the streaming and DVD/Blu-ray releases. This happened with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but it's an irregular thing and not something Disney does all the time. It likely depends on the market conditions and whether big days on the calendar line up well for the company and the movie they're trying to sell.
Secondly, the box office performance of the movie could potentially affect the length of its theatrical run, thus moving the domestic release dates forward. So far, The Marvels isn't doing well at the global box office, and Disney has rushed domestic releases in the past when movies didn't perform as well as the executives hoped for. While the Marvel brand has been a consistent money-maker for the company in recent years, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania underperformed by Marvel's standards despite all the Kang hype, and much of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3's success could be attributed to the specific flavor of that MCU sub-franchise.
Where will The Marvels be available to stream?
Unless the multiverse collapses before, The Marvels will be available to stream on Disney+ early next year. Like we said, its arrival should be around the 90 days zone, putting it roughly around Valentine's Day 2024.
Physical retailers will be selling it around that time too. However, the digital release could hit earlier if Disney isn't happy with the theatrical performance and wants to tackle a gradual domestic release.
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