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Marvel’s Phase 4 production might be shut down indefinitely

Published Mar 23rd, 2020 7:05PM EDT
MCU Phase 4 Timeline
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  • A Marvel insider claimed that three MCU Phase 4 TV shows that were in development for Disney+ will not resume work in the coming weeks due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
  • He suggested that other Phase 4 productions, including some of next year’s movies and TV series may be impacted by the delay.
  • The report was later removed, but the insider defended the accuracy of the leaked email on Twitter.
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We would have been just about five weeks away from Black Widow, but its May 1st premiere isn’t happening because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Disney delayed the release, but it’s too early to say whether the blockbuster will debut on Disney+ rather than in cinemas. The longer the quarantine measures take, the more likely it’ll be for Disney to reconsider the Black Widow launch.

Some say the film’s delay won’t ruin the MCU Phase 4 timeline, and that may very well be the case. But the COVID-19 outbreak is a major problem for Marvel’s Phase 4, not just Black Widow. Several other TV shows and movies are in various stages of production, and work has been halted on most of them. And now an insider who has been reporting on Marvel’s latest Phase 4 developments over the past few months said in a new blog post that MCU Phase 4 production is shut down indefinitely. Then he took down the post.

Charles Murphy from MurphysMultiverse authored a short piece over the weekend on his blog in which he said that Marvel informed crew members via email that their current 4-week hiatus has been extended indefinitely.

The list of affected shows includes The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, and Loki. According to the leaked email, crew members were notified that as of April 3rd, they will not be employed on their particular contract. Production will restart “when the global health environment allows,” the email said.

Murphy said that it’s assumed that other movies that are in production may be delayed. He listed Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings as such an example, a movie we already know was halted because of the coronavirus outbreak, adding that these delays may impact next year’s films as well, including Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder.

The leaker took down the post at some point after it hit the press (a cached version of it is available here).

Murphy said on Twitter he removed the post as the delay has been disputed, but then said the leak was accurate:

In fairness, April 3rd doesn’t even sound like a plausible deadline for resuming any sort of day-to-day activities. Quarantines and lockdowns will likely have to be extended well beyond that to reduce the spread of the virus, and multiple businesses will be affected in the process, including the movie business.

Working from home might be possible for some of the affected MCU Phase 4 projects, assuming they’re done filming, but that’s apparently not the case for Falcon and WandaVision.

At this point, it doesn’t matter how long these MCU Phase 4 delays will be. What matters most is the health and safety of all people, and the best way to ensure that is via prolonged social distancing measures. Be ready to continue playing your part in the global effort of defeating this virus by staying at home for as long as possible and washing your hands often.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.