Black Panther 2 is set to be the finale of Phase 4, but according to Le Film Francais (via Booska-P), the Marvel movie may miss out on a theatrical release in France due to the country’s complex laws around theatrical releases and streamers.
This is because, following France’s updated ‘Media Chronology’ agreement, French law mandates theatrically-released films to wait 17 months before being released on subscription-based streaming services. This means that if Disney released the superhero movie in theatres, the earliest the company be able to drop the film on Disney Plus is April 2024 — which, in Marvel-years, at least, is a very long time.
In a statement to Film Francais, transcribed by The Direct, a representative for Disney said, “The media timeline forces us to evaluate our theatrical releases film by film. We have not yet made a decision on the release of Black Panther.”
In a statement to Variety at the time, Disney said, “While we support French cinema – and have for decades – the new, cumbersome media chronology is anti-consumer, ignoring how behaviour has evolved over the last several years and putting us at increased risk for piracy. We will continue to make decisions on a film-by-film basis and according to each market’s unique conditions.”
It’s worth noting that Strange World was set for a late November theatrical release, while Black Panther 2 is being released as early as November 9 in countries like Italy.
The Digital Fix will continue to cover this story as it develops.