The entertainment industry was shaken to its core this year following Writers and Actors Guild historical strikes that paralyzed some of the biggest productions in the world. And even though the Writers Strike ended some time ago, reaching a deal that benefits both sides, the Actors Guild stuck with its demand, and the strike continued, well, until yesterday.
After the longest strike in Hollywood’s history—118 days—the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) has finally struck a deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The specific terms of the agreement remain undisclosed, but the resolution follows a lengthy battle involving concerns over the use of artificial intelligence in actors’ performances and the actors’ push for residual payments from shows and films streaming online.
The SAG committee approved the deal, signaling the end of the strike, marked by pickets outside major industry players’ offices. The agreement is expected to undergo approval from the union’s national board on Friday.
MCU, the biggest cinematic Universe to date wasn’t spared from the effects of the strike. Marvel Studios depends gravely on smooth release schedules because the order in which the movies get released impacts the narrative value of the Universe. One of the most anticipated movies in the MCU currently is ‘Deadpool 3’ which was only 50 % at the time the strike kicked in. The delays forced the movie to switch release dates, with ‘Captain America: Brave New World’ looking at the July 2024 release. Now, according to Deadline, ‘Deadpool 3’ will resume production as soon as possible.
Sony’s ‘Venom 3’ will also resume production. However, the project was affected more by the delays, and it’s now being pushed to a late November 2024 release, but hey, at least it’s coming.
We’re yet to receive news about other affected projects, but we have no doubt that MCU and Marvel’s wider Universe as a whole will take no time to recover. Have something to add? Let us know in the comments below!