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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.
We may finally know when Marvel's upcoming Blade reboot is going to arrive in theaters. This particular project was a surprise reveal last summer during Marvel Studios' massive Phase 4 presentation at San Diego Comic-Con. Few updates have been provided on the movie since it was announced, but it seems that the studio may have secured a rather appropriate release date for the daywalker's return to the silver screen.
Recently, Disney did quite a bit of shuffling around with its 2020/2021 release calendar. This provided new release dates for all of the announced Phase 4 movies, as well as some new dates for the already announced Phase 5 titles. Marvel updated its calendar through 2022 and they have a previously revealed date set aside on October 7, 2022, for a currently untitled movie. Charles Murphy, who has been surprisingly accurate with Marvel scoops in the past, took to Twitter to state that Blade will indeed be the title filling that particular slot. If this is indeed true, it would make sense for a few reasons.
For one, while we know other projects such as reboots of the X-Men and Fantastic Four are on the way, they are in the earlier stages and don't have any cast attached. Blade, meanwhile, has Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali on board to play the Marvel Comics character. The other important element here is that Blade will almost definitely resemble a horror movie, or at least more so than any other MCU entry has up to this point, what with vampires and whatnot being involved. Bearing that in mind, releasing the movie in October would make sense, as Marvel and Disney could capitalize on the Halloween season.
There are a couple of other titles, most notably Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Ant-Man 3 that could slot into that specific release date as well. Both of these movies are happening and seem to be at similar stages of the development process, give or take. Whatever appears in October 2022, it's important to note that we will now have four MCU movies releasing that year. Thor: Love and Thunder was pushed back to February 18, 2022, with Black Panther 2 previously announced for May 6, 2020. Disney also recently dated Captain Marvel 2 for July 8, 2022. That will make it a massive year for Marvel fans.
Blade previously appeared on the big screen in a trilogy of movies that starred Wesley Snipes as the character. Before the reboot was announced, Wesley Snipes revealed that he was working on two potential projects with Marvel, but it seems the studio decided to go in a different direction. Even so, Snipes has been supportive of the project publically. No director is attached to Blade at this time. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the project are made available. This story originated at @_CharlesMurphy on Twitter who has a track record for breaking stories. The topper art comes from iMizurii on Reddit.
Disney+ may benefit from further delays with the studio's theatrical releases as more movies may be going directly to the streaming service in the future. This, according to former Disney CEO and current Executive Chairman Bob Iger. It was recently revealed that Artemis Fowl will debut on Disney+ sometime this year, skipping a theatrical release. As Iger explains, that may not be the only title to make the move from theatrical to streaming, but don't expect to see it happen with the studio's upcoming tentpole releases.
Given what's going on in the world right now, most movie theaters are shut down entirely and virtually all major releases through June have been delayed. Some have wondered if Disney might put movies like Black Widow or Mulan on Disney+ instead. While that won't be happening, Bob Iger isn't ruling out other movies making the shift. Here's what Iger had to say about it in a recent interview.'There are some we've decided to put on Disney+. We already announced one, Artemis Fowl, that would have been released in theaters. Others we've simply delayed. In some cases we've moved things onto Disney+ faster than we would have. Frozen 2 was one of them, but Onward would be the biggest example. It was in theaters when this happened.' 'We moved to a pay-per-view period for a couple of weeks where people could buy it and own it. And then we ended up putting it on Disney+. In terms of movies going ahead after Artemis, there may be a few more that we end up putting directly onto Disney+, but for the most part a lot of the big tentpole Disney films, we'll simply wait for slots. In some cases we've announced new ones already, but later on in the calendar.'
There is a lot to unpack here. Black Widow and several other delayed movies were recently given new release dates as Disney reshuffled its 2020/2021 calendar. Black Widow and other big-budget tentpoles stand to make far more money in theaters, even with a relatively uncertain future ahead, than they could possibly generate via streaming. So putting movies like them directly on Disney+ doesn't make that much business sense.
In the meantime, taking riskier projects such as Artemis Fowl and giving Disney+ subscribers something flashy and exclusive is helpful. But what other movies might fit the bill for streaming debuts? The New Mutants perhaps? Whatever the case, as Bob Iger points out, the studio is content to wait until things return to normal. Disney, more than any other studio in Hollywood, is capable of raking in big dollars at the box office. So this truly isn't that surprising.
Other studios, on the other hand, may see value in doing a VOD/Digital release. Universal kicked that door wide open a couple of weeks back by putting recent releases such as The Invisible Man and The Hunt online. Trolls: World Tour, which was destined for theaters, will arrive digitally this month. Disney has not yet set a premiere date for Artemis Fowl, but it's...