Disney has announced a delay in the release of Deadpool 3, shifting the film’s premiere date from May 3rd, 2024, to July 26th, according to Deadline. This decision came after negotiations to resolve the recent actors’ strike seemed to be reaching a favorable conclusion.
Production for Deadpool 3 is scheduled to resume in the coming weeks in London, where Marvel and Disney have maintained the film’s sets during the hiatus. However, this postponement has had a ripple effect on the release dates of other highly anticipated Marvel Studios films.
Captain America: Brave New World, originally slated for July 26th, 2024, will now hit theaters on February 14th, 2025. Similarly, Blade has been pushed back to November 7th, 2025, and Thunderbolts will see a delay from December 20th, 2024, to July 25th, 2025.
Adding to the excitement surrounding these upcoming Marvel films, iconic actor Harrison Ford has joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This new addition further fuels anticipation among fans and raises the stakes for these delayed releases.
Interestingly, with the delay of multiple Marvel films, Deadpool 3 stands as the only Marvel Cinematic Universe film currently scheduled for release in the next year. This stark contrast signals a significant change from previous years when audiences were treated to three or more Marvel films annually. It remains to be seen how this reduced output will impact viewers’ interest in the superhero genre.
These postponements are not without cause, as recent strikes by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and the Writers Guild of America have disrupted production schedules throughout Hollywood. Marvel Studios’ upcoming films were at various stages of production before the strikes, with Captain America: Brave New World reportedly finishing principle photography. Speculation had arisen that it might fill Deadpool 3’s slot. In contrast, Blade and Thunderbolts were yet to begin production, as Variety has pointed out.
As fans eagerly await the return of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the delayed release of Deadpool 3 serves as a reminder of the complexities and challenges faced by the film industry, both in the face of labor disputes and the ongoing pandemic.
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