The Walt Disney Company’s latest Marvel cinematic blockbuster isn’t exactly starting off its theatrical debut with superhuman strength. As The Marvels (2023) trends into box office disaster, many people wonder when the film will be on Disney+ for streaming at home.
It’s a good question to ask. Disney has had a rough year and hasn’t provided its Disney+ subscribers with the most consistent content delivery schedules after the end of the pandemic. Given the streaming platform’s latest track record regarding releases, let’s break down when to expect The Marvels on Disney+.
The Marvels Box Office Failure
According to Variety, The Marvels just did something truly remarkable. The film achieved the second-lowest opening box office showing ever. It earned a measly $21.5 million, which included $6.6 million in Thursday night previews.
This is only marginally better than The Incredible Hulk (2008), the Marvel Cinematic Universe film still holding the title for the worst box office disaster within Marvel Studios. It made $21.46 million on its opening, which puts The Marvels movie’s failure into perspective.
It is reported that The Marvels cost Disney $220 million to make, which is a far cry from what it will make if this trend continues. The film also received mixed to negative reviews from critics, and many seem jaded with superheroes now.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023) was another financial flop for Disney, and it brought in $22.6 million earlier this year on its opening day. The Marvel movie never soared after this, so we expect The Marvels to continue underperforming over the weekend.
The Marvels on Disney+
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was released on Disney+ three months after it came to theaters. Disney seemed to do this consistently, and Disney+ subscribers could often expect it, especially when a movie underperformed at the box office.
If the entertainment giant follows this trend, The Marvels will likely come to Disney+ sometime in early February. Nevertheless, we can’t confirm this as fact for now.
Disney’s latest summer blockbuster to hit streaming is The Haunted Mansion (2023). This film largely followed the three-month trend as well. However, this is not always a certainty anymore.
Disney’s Changing Streaming Release Pattern
After a much longer theatrical showing, several other films under the Disney banner were not released onto the company’s streaming platform until later.
Pixar’s Elemental (2023) was written off as a disaster on its opening weekend but kept up its momentum in theaters and managed to go a little over three months before dropping on Disney+. However, it stayed around the three-month mark.
Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid (2023) remake also exceeded the three-month mark. It failed to be a breakaway hit at the box office as well.
The most egregious outlier to come to Disney+ is definitely Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023). After becoming a financial disaster for the studio, it still hasn’t been released onto Disney’s streaming platform. However, it finally has a Disney+ release date set for December 1, 2023.
This date is five months past Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny‘s early July theatrical release date. Although the film failed to take off and grew into a box office bomb, Disney still withheld it from Disney+ for a remarkable amount of time.
The Marvels Streaming Release Date
Marvel and Disney have not announced a release date for The Marvels on Disney+. While February 10, 2024, is a relatively predictable estimate, the company has recently thrown some wild cards into the mix.
Many fans still probably want to see The Marvels, but they have become more patient in the post-pandemic world. Waiting for streaming is a normal occurrence now, especially with the rising cost of movie ticket prices.
Have you seen The Marvels yet, or are you waiting for Disney+? Do you think the Marvel Cinematic Universe has lost its touch? Let us know in the comments below!