Marvel finally announced the digital and home release dates for Black Panther. To call Black Panther a phenomenon is an understatement. The film’s performance is finally slowing down, but not before it passed Titanic as the third highest-grossing movie in the domestic box office.
The movie’s international performance is just as remarkable, with the film currently grossing over $1.3 billion worldwide. On April 18, Black Panther will make history when it breaks Saudi Arabia’s 35-year cinema ban. Marvel Studios can be justifiably proud of Black Panther‘s performance.
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But Marvel is looking forward now, to the imminent theatrical release of Avengers: Infinity War. That means Black Panther is gradually leaving the cinemas, with digital and home release to follow. Marvel announced those release dates on social media in a simple tweet. Digital copies will be available from May 8, with Blu-ray and DVD releases on May 15.
Experience the worldwide phenomenon. Be the first to bring home Marvel Studios’ #BlackPanther on Digital, #MoviesAnywhere, and 4K UHD May 8 and Blu-ray May 15: https://t.co/D5JgD6ktk7 pic.twitter.com/k5QcN2O59N
— Black Panther (@theblackpanther) April 9, 2018
There are as yet no details on the special features that will accompany the Blu-ray and DVD. Composer Ludwig Goransson revealed he scored a four-hour cut of the film, meaning the potential is there for a whole lot of deleted scenes. Only one deleted scene has been confirmed to date when producer Nate Moore promised a powerful scene shared between Okoye and W’Kabi. This one was cut with the greatest of reluctance, with Moore describing it as “one of the most well-acted scenes I’ve ever been a part of.” Meanwhile, the quality of Black Panther‘s world-building surely guarantees a series of featurettes exploring how the production team created the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Marvel’s The Art of Black Panther has given fans a sense of just how much thought was put into the country. Costume designer Ruth E. Carter designed different fashions and clothing styles for each of Wakanda’s tribes. It will be fascinating to explore Wakanda a little more.
The next month or so is going to be a busy time for Marvel. The House of Ideas is currently on its final marketing push for Avengers: Infinity War, which releases at the end of the month. Marvel will then return to promoting Black Panther, with a series of featurettes and deleted scenes sure to hit the internet as part of the push for the home release. Given the entire third act of Avengers: Infinity War is set in Wakanda, there’s a nice synergy between these two films. Marvel’s sure to capitalize on that as much as possible.
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