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On July 9, you can watch Black Widow from the comfort of your home on #DisneyPlus – but those who head back to the theater to watch the long-awaited intro to MCU Phase Four are in for a special treat.

IMAX 1.90:1 vs 2.39:1 aspect ratio comparison

This may the best argument yet for returning to the theater. IMAX announced today that Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, set to be released on July 9, will debut with 22 additional minutes of select scenes in a new expanded aspect ratio available exclusively in IMAX. The new 1.90:1 aspect ratio increases the onscreen image up to 26% more vs. CinemaScope which is shot in 2.40:1 (the wide but not very tall image).

Marvel has partnered with IMAX for several years. The new, larger format will be used in several select scenes to give the audience an immersive view that fills the peripheral vision for a more realistic and engaging cinematic experience. But fans will have to show up in person to see which scenes will use the new format. Possibly Natasha Romanoff’s in-the-air battle or the scenic sequence where Natasha and her sister are in a high-speed chase to outrun Taskmaster? Our guess is that the finale will almost certainly fit the bill.

Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansson and will be the first new movie in MCU’s Phase Four and Marvel’s first theatrical release since 2019. Here’s the complete release schedule thus far:

Upcoming MCU Movies

MovieUS release dateUK release dateAustralia release date
Black WidowJuly 9, 2021July, 2021July, 2021
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten RingsSept. 3, 2021Sept. 3, 2021September, 2021
EternalsNov. 5, 2021Nov. 5, 2021Oct. 28, 2021
Spider-Man: No Way Home (with Sony)Dec. 17, 2021Dec. 17, 2021December, 2021
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessMarch 25, 2022March 25, 2022March 24, 2022
Thor Love and ThunderMay 6, 2022May 6, 2022April, 2022
Black Panther: Wakanda ForeverJuly 8, 2022July 8, 2022July, 2022
The MarvelsNov. 11, 2022Nov. 11, 2022November, 2022
Ant-Man and the Wasp: QuantumaniaFeb. 17, 20232023February, 2023
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3May 5, 20232023May, 2023
Fantastic FourTBATBATBA


SeriesRelease date
WandaVisionJan. 15, 2021
The Falcon and the Winter SoldierMarch 19, 2021
LokiJune 9, 2021
What If…?Summer, 2021
Ms. Marvel2021
Moon Knight2022
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special2022
Secret InvasionTBA
Armor WarsTBA
Untitled Wakanda seriesTBA