Hollywood is certainly being affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). From Tom Hanks’ Elvis biopic to fan-favorite series like Riverdale and Grey’s Anatomy, films and TV shows have been halting left and right for health and safety precautions. As one of the largest companies creating entertainment, Disney has taken the lead on suspending productions during this time. These are the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Disney+ projects that could be affected.
The day prior to Disney’s announcement, the Hollywood Reporter broke the story that Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was halting some of its production. Director Destin Daniel Cretton has a newborn, and wanted to take a test and remain in isolation while waiting for results.
The film, which is shooting in Australia, is still in the early stages. It is due out in February 2021. Depending on how long Disney productions remain halted, this could affect the movie’s eventual release date.
Moving onto the upcoming Disney+ productions. These series, which were first announced at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2019, are highly anticipated, as they link to the MCU. Because of this, the time in which they are released is crucial, as events in one could lead into another.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was the first to go into production. Back in January, a planned shoot in Puerto Rico was canceled due to an earthquake. Now, the same has been done for a shoot in Prague. But because this was only intended to be a brief shoot, it seems likely that they’ll be able to improvise here in the U.S., meaning the August 2020 streaming date should still be intact.