Marvel Studios’ Thunderbolts Production Paused Amid WGA Strike

Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated Thunderbolts film has been affected by the ongoing Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike, according to Deadline. The strike has led Marvel to temporarily halt production on Thunderbolts, which was scheduled to commence filming in Atlanta in three weeks. Sources indicate that production is expected to resume once the strike is resolved. Similarly, Marvel Studios’ Disney+ series Wonder Man was also in the middle of filming when production came to a standstill due to the strike.

This marks the latest setback caused by the WGA strike within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Recently, the Blade reboot film, which was in pre-production, faced delays. The Fantastic Four reboot, originally slated to begin filming in January 2024, may also experience scheduling changes if the strike surpasses a six-month duration. However, it is unlikely that the strike will persist for such an extended period. The previous WGA strike lasted slightly over three months from November 5, 2007, to February 12, 2008.

Initially, Thunderbolts was expected to proceed with production in Atlanta as planned, while Deadpool 3 was set to start filming in London. With the current disruption to Thunderbolts, it remains uncertain if other MCU projects will encounter similar delays. Outside the MCU, the strike has resulted in Sony temporarily shutting down the writers’ rooms for its upcoming live-action Spider-Man spinoff shows, Silk: Spider Society and Spider-Man Noir, set to stream on Prime Video.

The WGA strike began on May 2 following failed contract negotiations between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). Key issues raised by the WGA include increased compensation, improved residuals, and regulations on the use of artificial intelligence in the writing process.

Thunderbolts, directed by Jake Schreier and written by Eric Pearson and Lee Sung Jin, is part of Phase Five of the MCU. The film is scheduled for release in July 2024 and features an ensemble cast including Sebastian Stan, Hannah John-Kamen, Wyatt Russell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Olga Kurylenko, and Harrison Ford. Additionally, Steven Yeun and Ayo Edebiri have been cast in undisclosed roles.

Fans eagerly await the resolution of the WGA strike and the resumption of Thunderbolts’ production, which is slated to hit theaters on July 26, 2024.

Source: Deadline

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