According to reports from multiple sources, Marvel Studios has decided to shut down all production indefinitely, due to the rising danger of the coronavirus pandemic.
With nearly the entire world trying to contain and stop the spread of COVID-19, Marvel Studios has made the tough call to halt all shooting and production on a number of projects currently in the works, many of them originally scheduled to release in theaters or on Disney+ in 2020 and 2021.
According to Charles Murphy of Murphy’s Multiverse, the team has sent out an memo to all crew members detailing 3 key points.
- All active Disney Plus productions, which include The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, WandaVision and Loki, are now delayed indefinitely with crew members being informed they “no longer believe a 4-week suspension is realistic” and that they will restart production “when the global health environment allows.” It’s worth noting that these are the only productions detailed in the email which means that there are no crew members currently working on other projects.
- Crew members were notified that, as of April 3rd, they will no longer be employed on their particular project.
- It is assumed that this indefinite delay is also in effect for all films in production as well, meaning Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings will be further delayed as well. Its impact on the production timeline of Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness, Spider-Man 3 and Thor: Love and Thunder is unknown at this point.
Marvel Studios’ Future Timeline Seems Uncertain
Even though everyone knows this is a temporary situation as a result of an unprecedented worldwide pandemic, it is still jarring knowing one of the biggest movie studios in the world is putting so much on hold for the time being. The team has already delayed the release of Black Widow, originally scheduled for a May 1st release, with no timetable for a new release date.
Marvel Studios has reportedly finished shooting and production on The Eternals and the Disney+ mini-series Wandavision, although their release dates have not been confirmed for a change as of yet.
Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings has shut down shooting, as have the Disney+ shows Loki and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and it seems inevitable that production will be delayed on Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness, originally set to begin production in May 2020. There is also no confirmation on the delays for both Spider-Man 3 and Thor: Love and Thunder, scheduled to begin production in July and August 2020.
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