After ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,’ These Are the Next Marvel Projects Fans Think Will Be Delayed
Just one year after the show’s unveiling to the public at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel has made it official: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier miniseries is delayed. And it likely won’t be the last Marvel Cinematic Universe project to face this. Here are the other shows and movies that could be next.
‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ has been delayed
The series, starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, was set to premiere in Fall 2020. Filming began in August 2019 in Atlanta, as announced by the stars on social media. But then, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hit.
Mackie and Stan, along with co-stars such as Emily VanCamp and Wyatt Russell, were just beginning to film in Prague when production shut down. They are set to resume in August 2020, according to The Verge.
‘Hawkeye’ and ‘Loki’ could be next
What about the rest of the Disney+ series. Hawkeye, featuring Jeremy Renner and an as-yet-unnamed actor to whom his character will pass the torch, had not yet begun filming, so there’s no word there. It wasn’t set to premiere until 2022 anyway.
As for Loki, starring Tom Hiddleston as the God of Mischief, was in the early stages of filming in March 2020. Like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, it is set to resume shooting next month. With any luck, they can make up this time before its scheduled 2021 debut, but it’s hard to say.
‘WandaVision’ looks to be on track
Aside from the animated series What If…?, which may have faced fewer hiccups due to its nature, the only other in-production Disney+ Marvel series is WandaVision. And at this time, there’s no reason to believe it will be delayed.
WandaVision was, in fact, moved up from a Spring 2021 release to a Winter 2020 one. According to star Kat Dennings, who worked alongside the titular characters played by Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, they filmed “a lot” prior to the shutdown.
What about ‘Black Widow’?
That just leaves the Marvel Cinematic Universe feature films. While the company will be able to debut completed Disney+ series with ease, theatrical releases amid the continued threat of coronavirus are another beast entirely.
Take, for instance, Black Widow. The first film in Phase 4 was delayed from May to November 2020 early in the outbreak. However, movies continue to be pushed back, and given the way things are going in the U.S., that could continue. So what happens if Black Widow is delayed again?
The problem is that the MCU films and TV shows are meant to feed into one another. If one gets pushed back, others will likely follow suit. And if a project isn’t delayed, that tells fans there are no spoilers in it — which is, effectively, a spoiler.
In other words, Marvel has been put in a no-win situation. Right now, fans can hope that there’s enough Disney+ content that doesn’t overlap with the planned films for the foreseeable future, or we’re going to be in for another long MCU dry spell.