Coronavirus has hit Falcon and the Winter Soldier in more than one way. Here’s how Disney and the Marvel Studio are responding to it
The outbreak of Coronavirus has struck the planet in the worst and varied ways from lives lost, to all kind of industries impacted. Now the news is that it’s hitting the Marvel Cinematic Universe and our favourite superheroes too.
The Prague shoot schedule of the upcoming series Falcon and the Winter Soldier is on a halt due to the outbreak of Coronavirus. While much of the show was shot in Atlanta, a weeklong shoot was scheduled for Prague that started last Friday.
This is the second time that the shoots have been put to a halt. Back in January, the Puerto Rico shoot schedule was cancelled due to a 6.4 magnitude earthquake.
In the wake of the spread of coronavirus, Marvel Studios and Disney have pulled the plug on the shoots. As the virus spreads, in Prague schools are closed down, events are cancelled, and travel is restricted. The cast and crew of Falcon and The Winter Soldier are called back to Atlanta. Without any confirmation of reshoot or restaging of the said schedule.
A couple of days ago, scooper Murphy’s Multiverse reported that Disney +’s new series is undergoing a rewrite as one of the plotlines is related to a device unleashing a pandemic.
Given the current scheme of things when coronavirus has killed more than a million people around the world, taking a toll on global economies. It would be highly inappropriate for the family-friendly Disney to air the episode. By the time the series debuts on the platform in August 2020, the situation might be worse.
Disney is trying to get ahead of the curve by reconsidering the bioterrorism threat plotline. The said plot was supposed to air in the first couple of episodes. Now, the plot will have a substantial tweak to it. While reshooting and rewrites are a common way for Marvel to give best to the viewers. This kind of tweak is unheard of.
Recently, Disney cancelled the launch event of Disney plus streaming services in Europe. As the services go live on March 24 in the region, the studio has decided to do a web press-conference and briefings. Similarly, the studio has a strong presence in China with huge box office collection coming from Chinese screens.
Marvel didn’t budge as far as Black Widow release dates are concerned. However, the effects of coronavirus’ hit on Falcon and the Winter Soldier is yet to be seen.