Several upcoming Marvel movies are experiencing delays in their release dates as the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes have finally come to an end. ‘Thunderbolts’, originally scheduled for December 20, 2024, has been pushed back to July 25, 2025. This follows its initial delay from the previous December release.
In addition, ‘Deadpool 3’ and ‘Captain America 4’, which were indefinitely on hold due to the strikes, have now finalized their release schedules. ‘Deadpool 3’ will hit theaters on July 26, 2024, instead of the original May 3, 2024. Meanwhile, ‘Captain America: New World Order’ has been moved from July 2024 to February 14, 2025, a delay of nine months.
Unfortunately, other Marvel projects are also being affected by the delays. ‘Blade’, featuring Mahershala Ali as the vampire-hunter, was initially set to release on February 14, 2025. However, it has now been postponed by nine months and will hit theaters on November 7, 2025. Both ‘Blade’ and ‘Thunderbolts’ were planning to start production in the summer but had to shut down due to unready scripts during the strike in May.
Not limited to Marvel films, Disney's ‘The Lion King’ spin-off titled ‘Mufasa: The Lion King’ has been pushed back to December 20, 2024, from its original release date of July 5, 2024.
The conclusion of the SAG-AFTRA strike has brought some relief for the industry, allowing director Shawn Levy to resume shooting for ‘Deadpool 3’ in London within the next two weeks. Meanwhile, ‘Captain America: New World Order’ had already completed principal photography before the strikes, making its later release date unexpected.
Fans of these beloved franchises will undoubtedly be disappointed with the delays, but it is hoped that the additional time will enable the filmmakers to deliver even greater cinematic experiences.