Following the shutdown of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier production due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, it was widely reported that they were on the last week of filming and it was almost done. A new interview with Sebastian Stan has sort of debunked that, and it sounds like they had a lot more filming to do.
“No, we were probably at least two or three, but don’t quote me on that.”
So with that amount of filming to do, and with filming not likely to restart until later until the late summer or even into the fall, it’s more and more likely that the show may be delayed from its August release. Most likely it’ll take the WandaVision date in December so it could premiere after the release of Black Widow.
With the shifting of the whole MCU slate, people have been wondering what’s going to happen with the upcoming Disney+ series. If they will move along with those movies, and if the the order of their release will be affected with Black Widow‘s delay due to them being so closely connected with the films.
Disney+ has just launched in many parts of Western Europe and earlier this month (prior to the movie dates being changed), Disney+ France issued a press release detailing the future of the series. There are some real surprises in this, if these dates end up to be accurate. It’s always possible these have changed from the time the press release was created and the MCU slate was shifted. But here’s what Disney+ France lists for the MCU series dates.
2020 lists The Falcon and The Winter Solider and WandaVision, as expected:
Loki and What If…? are 2021:
Hawkeye is listed for 2022:
While Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight are later in 2022:
Once again, it’s possible these have changed since the press release was created, but these dates are from an official release from Disney+ in France.
Yesterday Disney revealed the new Phase 4 slate as a result of the coronavirus. Unless things change due to the virus going longer than expected, we won’t see the start of Phase 4 until November. As the slate was for theatrical releases it didn’t address the Disney+ series, which were slated to begin in August with The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
That series actually isn’t even finished yet. As Sebastian Stan said in an interview with Muscle & Fitness, they still have filming to do, “We haven’t finished. The plan is to go back whenever we can, whenever that might be, to finish. Whenever we can turn this thing around and people can get back together, we can pick back up, but I just don’t know at this point.”
WandaVision, originally scheduled for December, apparently has post-production under way remotely according to some Instagram posts by crew members. And of course Loki was still filming when the production shutdown hit.
It’s probably unrealistic to expect The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in August as there’s still filming to be done and with Black Widow not arriving until November. But as WandaVision is apparently in post-production, there’s always the possibility that WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier could swap release dates so there’s still new content on Disney+ in the fall (and there have been rumors going around of one of the live action shows arriving early). But even if that happens, people should be prepared for some shifts and changes with the Disney+ series due to what’s going on in the world and production right now.
The other Disney+ shows; Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight are all still being worked on and in the script stage so the only way they’re affected is when they’re supposed to begin filming. Hawkeye was set for the summer, but that’s likely not going to happen now due to this pandemic.
All of this means that the shifted Phase 4 slate and the coronavirus pandemic will have some effects on the upcoming Disney+ shows. We’ll just have to see when and how Marvel will address it.
The coronavirus pandemic is basically shutting down Hollywood right now with most productions taking a break, and it looks like it’s now affecting Marvel Studios.
According to a Facebook post by Catrett Locke Casting, Tag Team is taking a minimum of two weeks hiatus in filming. Tag Team is the title for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
This follows the Prague shoot for the series shutting down last week.
Right now it’s way too early to know if this pandemic will affect future Marvel productions. Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness isn’t due to begin filming until May, with Ms. Marvel and Hawkeye later in the summer, so we’ll have to wait and see how things work out prior to that.
The show has been shooting for months in Atlanta, but they began a short shoot in Prague last Friday that was to be completed in about a week. Today, the studio shut down the production and called everybody home to Atlanta. No word at the moment whether the show will return to Prague, but it seems unlikely.
This is the second setback the series has faced, as they had to not film in Puerto Rico due to the earthquake there. Right now there is zero sign that this is going to affect the show’s debut on Disney+ in August; although be prepared for fear mongers to try to claim it will.
This week Disney was scheduled to hold a launch event for the European Disney+ over Thursday and Friday to show off the service to the countries where it’s launching shortly. While there was never any official hint at any sort of Marvel Studios media reveal or news (only hints at presentations like at the US investor’s day last year), the Internet hyped itself up for another event and crazy rumors of trailers have become accepted as fact.
However Deadline reports this morning that Disney has cancelled the event out of fears of the coronavirus, with a statement from Disney that says: “Due to a number of media attendee cancellations and increasing concerns at the prospect of traveling internationally at this time, we have decided to cancel our Disney+ launch events scheduled to take place on Thursday and Friday.” Instead they’ll post things to social media, issue press releases, and give press a demo of the service in London on Friday.
Right now it’s not known what is going to happen to the other big Disney events in March which were expected to have some Marvel Studios news. The annual meeting of shareholders is currently scheduled for March 11th in North Carolina and there’s been no word (yet) on a change, while CinemaCon begins in Las Vegas at the end of the month. It’s probably too early for any word on that changing just yet.
While the footage shown to shareholders is never made public, there is often someone there who will talk about what they saw. This year they’re expected to get a preview of what Disney has on the way for the rest of the year including Eternals and the Marvel Disney+ shows. If the meeting goes as scheduled next week we might hear more from an attendee.
Likewise, the footage shown at CinemaCon is never made public however Disney has a huge presentation on the first night of the convention at the end of the month. It’s not wise to get overhyped for things like this, but there is apparently at least one thing for Marvel that’s scheduled to be talked about there.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is really shaping up to be a fourth Captain America movie, with the series featuring the return of Baron Zemo from Civil War and other characters connected to Cap. One who may be returning is Batroc the Leaper.
The rumor came from the Weekly Planet Podcast, and while they don’t normally post “scoops” they did correctly report on Matt Damon showing up in Thor Ragnarok. But this actually isn’t the first time Batroc popped up in connection to the series, about a week or so ago a post on 4Chan appeared claiming that Batroc would show up in a scene set in Madripoor along with other minor villains and mercenaries such as the Mutant Omega Red.
When John Walker was named the new Captain America in the 80s, he also had a sidekick in the form of Battlestar. Originally called Bucky before the name was changed to Battlestar, Lemar Hoskins was the sidekick to John Walker’s Cap during that storyline in the comics.
With John Walker being named the new Cap in the MCU as part of the storyline in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, it’d make a lot of sense to introduce Lemar Hoskins to the MCU, and a new set photo released by Sebastian Stan seems to confirm that’s going to happen:
You see both Stan and Anthony Mackie there, with giant parkas covering their costumes (but you can see Mackie’s boots) and between them you can see Wyatt Russell in his US Agent costume and someone next to him who appears to have a giant star on his chest. Unless the shirt he was wearing at that day just happens to have a stylized giant star on it, this could be confirmation that Battlestar will be joining the John Walker Captain America in The Falcon and The Winter Solider.
One of the hidden truths in the Marvel Universe is that Steve Rogers wasn’t America’s first attempt at creating a super soldier. This was revealed in the seven-issue mini-series from 2003 titled Truth: Red, White, & Black where it was revealed that America forcibly tested the serum on involuntary soldiers; one of which was Isaiah Bradley.
Bradley went on to become an important member of the Marvel Universe and his grandson Elijah becomes the Young Avenger known as Patriot.
If you listen to the MCU CosmicCast, you might remember a couple of episodes ago I talked about how Marvel has plans to use alternate Captain Americas in the MCU including the 1950s Cap William Burnside as well as Isaiah Bradley, and Isaiah would be then a way to introduce Patriot for the Young Avengers.
Now comes a report from Slashfilm on the casting of Carl Lumbly in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier where they say while it’s possible that he might not be playing Isaiah in the series (speculation is that he could be Sam’s father), the elder Bradley will play a role in the show and behind Sam’s decision to take on the mantle of Captain America:
According to our sources, the series will be about Falcon initially refusing to take up the mantle of Captain America, but ultimately changing his mind after discovering the secret history of the super soldier program by encountering Bradley, who was actually the “original” Captain America. While we can’t say with 100% certainty that Lumbly is definitely playing Bradley, we know that character is a part of the show, so this casting would make a lot of sense.
Slashfilm, ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Adds Carl Lumbly, Possibly as Another Black Captain America February 19, 2020
Even if Lumbly isn’t playing Isaiah Bradley, the character’s part in August’s limited series is just another sign that Marvel is building towards the Young Avengers. As with Isaiah Bradley part of the MCU’s secret history, it means that Elijah isn’t too far behind…
They won’t debut until later in the year, but Marvel has revealed the first footage from the first MCU Disney+ series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, WandaVision, and Loki today during the big game!
It’s just a thirty-second spot, but this is the first look we have at the first Marvel television series that will directly connect to the movies and set up things for the future Phases of the MCU. Now that this has been revealed, we’re probably going to start seeing a lot more from the series as we approach their premieres on Disney+ this fall.