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All of Marvel's Disney+ shows have halted production due to coronavirus concerns. The studio previously announced that they were suspending their big screen projects, so it was really only a matter of time before the TV aspect was announced. All of Hollywood is trying to figure out what to do and suspending production has been occurring frequently over the past few weeks. In addition to the entertainment side of things, Disneyland and Disney World are now closed as of today. This is only the fourth time in history that Disneyland has shut down and it has never been closed for weeks like it is now.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, and WandaVision have all suspended production. As for the rest of the Disney+ shows that are in development, they will continue to be worked on remotely. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier had to halt production in Easter Europe earlier in the week and were set to return to Atlanta for more. However, that will not be the case. It is unclear how long these shows will be suspended, but it will likely be for at least two weeks.
Shang-Chi suspended production for two weeks when it was revealed that director Destin Daniel Cretton was awaiting his coronavirus test to come back. The movie is currently suspended in Australia, which is where Tom Hanks tested positive for the coronavirus. The Last Duel, The Little Mermaid, Home Alone, Nightmare Alley, Peter Pan & Wendy, and Shrunk have all been put on hold as the world tries to figure out what to do next with the pandemic.
Marvel currently has Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, What If...?, Moon Knight, and Hawkeye all in the pre-production process. Jeremy Renner has recently been training to get back in Clint Barton shape and it looks like he's going to have so more time to do so. However, gyms will likely be one of the next things to get shut down as entire countries go on lock down. Italy has been in quarantine for days and it was just announced that Spain and France will follow suit in attempt to stop the coronavirus from spreading any further.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is set to debut this summer and its release date should not be impacted unless this all gets a lot worse in the coming weeks. Loki is set to premiere next spring and WandaVision will hit Disney+ by the end of the year. Hollywood could lose up to $20 billion when all is said and done, though things could likely get worse before they get any better. We'll just have to wait and see what happens. For now, Disney is being extremely cautious with their cast and crews. Variety was the first to report on the Marvel Disney+ shows temporarily suspending production.
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, stuntmen react to some of the action sequences pulled off in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Supercop and The Gate. Plus, Patrick H Willems returns with a video essay about why The Mask of Zorro with Antonio Banderas is great, and King of the Hill voice actress Pamela Adlon improvises voices for new animated characters.
First up, the gang at Corridor Crew sit down with stuntwoman Amy Johnston to break down some of the action sequences she was involved with for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Plus, they take a look at fight sequences from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and The Gate, not to mention staring in awe at the dangerous stunts of Jackie Chan’s modern classic action movie Supercop.
Next up, Patrick H Willems delivers a surprising video essay that has plenty of compliments for The Mask of Zorro starring Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. He boldly says the movie might be the best reboot of an iconic character. Zorro may not be a superhero in the conventional sense, but this flick certainly has the makings of a superhero movie.
Finally, you may not know Better Things star Pamela Adlon by name, but you may know her voice as Bobby on King of the Hill, Spinelli on Recess, and Lucky in 101 Dalmatians. But now you can see how she fares with creating cartoon voices for characters that she’s seeing for the first time. Honestly, she makes me want to see shows situated around these characters immediately.
Even though Tony Stark is no longer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's future so far as we know, there are some Iron Man surprises in store, including a new set of armor. This was, somewhat surprisingly, revealed by Disney and Marvel Studios months ago and nobody noticed. Yet, no doubt in part thanks to everyone being cooped up at home right now combing through unwatched material on streaming services, the armor has had a spotlight shed upon it, raising questions about how it will be used.
The armor was revealed in the Disney+ special Expanding The Universe. The documentary takes a look at the future of Marvel Studios, including some of the live-action shows like WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The special also touches on the animated series What If? which will look at alternate universe scenarios for popular characters within the MCU. It seems, based on what we see in the preview, that this new Iron Man armor will appear in the show, which opens up a whole host of possibilities, including having Robert Downey Jr., or at least his voice, back in the MCU for a brief moment.
At one point in the documentary, some art for What If? is being showcased. We see a young Howard Stark, drawn very much to look like Dominic Cooper, who played Tony Stark's dad in Captain America: The First Avenger. We also briefly see some brand new Iron Man armor that looks far too advanced to have been cooked up during Howard's day, which rules out a few scenarios. One episode of What If? will center on Peggy Carter taking the supersoldier serum, turning her into Captain Britain. It seems we're going to see Steve Rogers in an early version of the Iron Man suit in that episode, but this version seems far more modern than what would have been available in the 1940s.
Interestingly, at one point, thanks to Jeff Goldblum, who is returning to reprise his role as Grandmaster from Thor: Ragnarok for the animated show, it was reported that Robert Downey Jr. would be voicing Tony Stark/Iron Man in the show. This was a big deal, given the character's fate at the end of Avengers: Endgame. That claim was later refuted, but perhaps there is some truth to it after all?
At this point, we have more questions than answers. What we know for sure is that What If? is aiming for a summer 2021 debut. Beyond that, there is also going to be another new version of the Iron Man armor debuting at Disney's Avengers Campus, which is expected to open at California Adventure this summer. The armor has been dubbed the Mark 80. Be sure to check out the armor in question for yourself, courtesy of some Twitter posts. Expanding The Universe is available to stream now on official Disney Plus streaming App.
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