2023 was not a good movie for Marvel Studios, despite it being an incredibly important year since it was supposed to kick off the next saga and introduce the new primary villain, Kang the Conqueror. Two of our three released movies flopped, and ‘Secret Invasion’ was among the critics pronounced to be one of the worst MCU-based shows that were ever released in Disney+.
Reflecting on record-low profits, Bob Iger commented that they need to focus on quality over quantity, and this is why the 2024 release slate is rather humble, with ‘Deadpool 3’ likely being the only movie to be released. Several other projects were pushed back, like ‘Captain America: Brave New World’ due to needing extensive reshoots. ‘Daredevil: Born Again’ received a complete overhaul after more than half of the episodes had been shot. And the rest of the projects were affected by the SAG-AFTRA strike that paralyzed productions everywhere not just in the MCU.
One often talked about project is ‘Thunderbolts.’ Production was slated to kick off in Summer 2023, and the cast was expected to include actors already associated with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Marvel Studios making efforts to ensure their availability. Then, the SAG-AFTRA strike happened and paralyzed the industry for more than 3 months. Now, mere months before ‘Thunderbolts’ was scheduled to shoot, the actor who was supposed to play Sentry, Steven Yeun, dropped out due to scheduling issues, and it seems like he will be recast. But things might not look so grim for the movie since Charles Murphy shared on X that the movie is still expected to be released in 2025.
It remains to be seen, however, whether the movie will be ready for its scheduled release date. ‘Thunderbolts’ film is expected to start production in March or April 2024.
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