The Writers Guild of America’s strike against the AMPTP is beginning to do more harm to the MCU than a Thanos snap. Marvel Studios has paused production indefinitely on Jake Schreier’s Thunderbolts.
The superhero film, which combined an assortment of Marvel borderline villains including Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier), Florence Pugh (Yelena Belova), Wyatt Russell (John Walker/U.S. Agent), Olga Kurylenko as (Antonia Dreykov/Taskmaster), David Harbour (Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian), Hannah John-Kamen (Ava Starr/Ghost), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine), Harrison Ford (President Thaddeus Ross), Ayo Edebiri, and Steven Yeun, was scheduled to begin filming in Atlanta in three weeks.
According to Deadline, who broke the story, the new plan is to resume production once the strike has ended, which currently has no end date in sight. It’s still on track to meet its Summer 2024 release date, but that is subject to change if the strike lasts another four-to-six weeks.
This latest move comes on the heels of Marvel pausing production on Wonder Man earlier this week and a little under a month after they decided to shut down production on Blade, which was also expected to start shooting in June.
While the former will resume once the strike is over, there is no update on the Mahershala Ali-starrer,
This brings us to Deadpool 3, which recently began filming. It doesn’t seem like the long-awaited Ryan Reynolds/Hugh Jackman team-up will be postponed for the time being, but it’s certainly something to monitor as Reynolds, who is a member of the WGA, cannot alter the script.
Captain America: New World Order, starring Anthony Mackie, remains unaffected and should be nearing the end of its shoot in a few weeks. Fantastic Four also remains on track, and will likely only be affected if the strike lasts longer than six months.
Wonder Man features Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Simon Williams/Wonder Man), Ben Kingsley (Trevor Slattery), Demetrius Grosse (Eric Williams/Grim Reaper), Ed Harris (Neal Saroyan), Josh Gad, and Lauren Glazier.
Deadpool 3 features Ryan Reynolds (Wade Wilson/Deadpool), Hugh Jackman (Logan/Wolverine), Leslie Uggams (Blind Al), Karan Soni (Dopinder), Morena Baccarin (Vanessa Carlysle), Stefan Kapičić (Piotr Rasputin/Colossus), Rob Delaney (Peter W.), Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead), Shioli Kutsuna (Yukio), Emma Corrin, and Matthew Macfadyen.
Thunderbolts is tentatively scheduled to hit theaters on July 26, 2024, while Wonder Man is expected TBD 2024/2025. Deadpool 3 is set for November 8, 2024.