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Disney did a lot of reshuffling with its release calendar recently. Specifically, all of the Marvel Studios Phase 4 movies have been pushed back, including Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The highly-anticipated sequel, which was officially announced last summer, has been delayed a full six months. Though, given the situation at hand right now in Hollywood, this doesn't come as much of a surprise.
Doctor Strange 2 will now hit theaters on November 5, 2021. It had previously been dated for May 7, 2021. That date now belongs to Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. This came about, in part, as a result of Black Widow being delayed. Scarlett Johansson's first solo movie in the MCU was supposed to arrive in May, but had to be pushed back, given that the vast majority of movie theaters around the world are closed right now. Black Widow was bumped to November, where Eternals was slotted, and the domino effect went from there.
Little is known about the sequel currently. Scott Derrickson, who directed the first Doctor Strange, had been set to return. However, he parted ways with the project over creative differences several months back. Sam Raimi Spider-Man, The Evil Dead was reported to be in negotiations to take over the director's chair, but no confirmation on that front has been provided yet. The movie had been scheduled to shoot this summer. It's quite possible production would be delayed as well, which might affect things. Interestingly, with the release date shift, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will now open almost exactly five years after its predecessor, which makes it the longest gap ever in the MCU for a solo sequel.
Benedict Cumberbatch will return as Steven Strange, with Benedict Wong and Chiwetel Ejifor also expected to return as Wong and Mordo, respectively. Rachel McAdams, last we heard, will not be coming back as Christine Palmer. Back when Scott Derrickson was supposed to direct, it was expected that Nightmare would be the main villain. It's unclear at this time if that is still the plan. For the most part, details have been kept under wraps by the studio. Elizabeth Olsen will appear as Scarlet Witch alongside Stephen Strange. The movie will also link up directly to the show WandaVision, which is set to debut on Disney+ in December.
Doctor Strange was released in November 2016 and proved to be a big success, especially considering that many people outside of hardcore comic readers were, at best, only vaguely familiar with the character. The Marvel Comics adaptation grossed $677 million worldwide and garnered largely favorable reviews from critics and viewers alike. Benedict Cumberbatch has since reprised his role in Thor: Ragnarok, Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the project are made available. This news comes to us via Marvel.com.
Editor’s Note: The list is constantly updated. Dates refer to when announcements were made.
The Coronavirus outbreak is disrupting entertainment events in Hollywood and around the world, from the theatrical releases of major studio tentpoles to the launch of film festivals and TV conferences. IndieWire will continue to update this page with the latest breaking news regarding production delays, festival cancellations, release date changes, and more entertainment disruptions caused by the coronavirus. The most recent updates will be posted at the top of the running list below.April 7
–The Annecy Animation Film Festival has been cancelled. The world’s leading animation film festival was scheduled to celebrate its 60th anniversary in Annecy, France on June 15-20. In a prepared statement festival organizers said, “During the last weeks, driven by our passion and enthusiasm, we were hoping to be able to offer the exceptional anniversary that was in preparation despite the constraints of confinement. But our reason and international situation are forcing us to act with lucidity and responsibility.” The festival will screen a portion of their offerings in an online event set to be unveiled on April 15.April 6
–“Archer” Season 11 has been delayed to sometime later in the year. The FXX animated comedy was originally scheduled to premiere on May 6.
–The Munich Film Festival has been canceled. It was supposed to happen June 25 through July 4.April 3
–Disney has made major calendar changes, with new release dates for “Mulan,” “Black Widow,” and “Eternals.” The Mouse House also shifted “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Seven Rings,” “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” and “Thor: Love and Thunder.” “Artemis Fowl” will skip theatrical and go directly to streaming via Disney+.
–Searchlight has moved the premiere of Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch” from July 24 to October 16, putting the film in the heart of the Oscar race.
–Universal/MGM has moved the “Candyman” sequel from June 12 to September 25. The new film is directed/co-written by Nia DaCosta and produced/co-written by Jordan Peele, expanding on the 1992 original.
–The Montréal Just for Laughs Festival will be postponed to September 29 through October 11, 2020. The event was originally slated for late July. Further details on the Festival will be announced in the coming months.
–HBO has moved the premiere of its new limited series “The Third Day” to this fall. The show, starring Jude Law and Naomi Harris, was originally scheduled to debut on May 11.
-The 2020 Cannes Lions festival is canceled. The June festival was originally...
Newly unearthed Avengers: Endgame concept art features a pre-Ronin Hawkeye design. Jeremy Renner's Clint Barton was not involved in Infinity War, along with Paul Rudd's Scott Lang. Marvel Cinematic Universe fans were not happy about the situation and they let the world know about their disappointment. However, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely had a pretty intense story for Hawkeye boiling under the surface, which they unveiled in Endgame. However, this new artwork hints that he may have shown up sooner.
Andy Park, Marvel Studios Director of Visual Development, shared the new Hawkeye concept art. It is pre-Ronin, which Park points out, meaning that this could have actually been artwork for Infinity War. The artist does not specify, but we do know that there were originally ideas to have Hawkeye join the secret Avengers. That obviously did not happen and the character was sidelined for the first installment. However, when Clint Barton returned in Avengers: Endgame, he was not the same character.
When Thanos completed his goal at the conclusion of Infinity War, he wiped out Clint Baton's family in the process. This obviously left the character in disarray and sent him on a killing spree under the name of Ronin. He was a dark samurai character who spent the five years after the Decimation going out for blood. It wasn't until Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, located him in Tokyo that he came back as Hawkeye. By now, the reunited Avengers had the time heist plan in full motion, which Barton agreed to. This led to Romanoff making the ultimate sacrifice on Vormir, leaving Barton heartbroken.
The Clint Barton character has been through a lot over the years, so it will be very interesting to see what the Hawkeye Disney+ series is all about. Jeremy Renner is currently getting ready to return to the role, but there isn't a whole lot of information about the series floating around just yet. It is believed that the show will focus on Barton training his protégé Kate Bishop. It has been rumored that Hailee Steinfeld will take on the role of Bishop, but that has yet to be confirmed and the actress has denied talks with the studio.For now, MCU fans will just have to be happy in knowing that Hawkeye is coming back. We'll get some more insight into the character and perhaps a tease of the future. Will he show up on the big screen again? Or will the series mark Jeremy Renner's departure from the role? It could really go either way at the moment with a lot of original MCU characters starting to retire from the superhero life. We'll just have to wait and see what Marvel Studios has decided to do with Hawkeye. In the meantime, you can check out the Avengers: Endgame concept art below, thanks to Andy Park's Instagram account.
The Third Floor, the industry's busiest visualization company in tackling superhero movies “Black Widow,” “Avengers: Endgame”, already had an advantage working remotely with real-time tools and virtual workflows when the coronavirus pandemic struck early this year. Turns out, though, that the COVID-19 epicenter was too close for comfort.
“When this crisis began, we initially faced the challenge of protecting our staff in Beijing, who were in the midst of launching our first permanent office in China,” said CEO and co-founder Chris Edwards. “When the virus started spreading beyond Wuhan, the first thing we did was send everyone home and connect them virtually...we learned a lot about the procedures for mitigating the risk of spreading the virus that we began to apply to our other offices in London, Atlanta, and LA [headquarters].
“Time was of the essence to put a highly secure, remote-working infrastructure in place,” he said, “and we needed to leverage the company infrastructure to bolster communication and function as a support group for all of our employees and their families.”
Back in LA, The Third Floor TTF found the resilience of its Beijing crew instructive. The company, which has become the go-to visualization specialist for the MCU performing rough previs of scenes, more elaborate techvis breakdowns of camera lenses, set construction, and stunts, and postvis enhancements during crunch time, used video conferencing and other methods of digital collaboration to significantly advance preparations and stay on schedule. Despite the physical isolation, however, everyone started relying on the video calls for more than just work-related advice.
“At our [LA] hub, we didn't want to take the risk of being unprepared, so we authorized our IT team to increase our internet band tenfold, and build an advanced remote login system that could enable our artists to work fluidly and securely from home,” said Edwards, who worked with IT chiefs at major studios such as Disney for advising and approving their comprehensive work-from-home solution.
But the two-week transition to a completely virtual studio only became possible with the help of industry colleagues and suppliers when California Governor Gavin Newsom and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti issued the stay-at-home order. And, as part of its mobilization effort, the company launched a TTFaid program as a resource for more than 100 employees and their families with supplies, aid, and emotional support.
“With this early foresight in February, we were prepared to roll out a set of guidelines, which I called the TTF Health Vigilance Plan, across our other studios in LA, Atlanta, and...