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Disney delays Deadpool 3 and other Marvel films as actors strike ends

Disney delays Deadpool 3 and other Marvel films as actors strike ends


After a tentative deal was reached to bring an end to the strike earlier this week, Disney is wasting no time shuffling its release calendar.

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Deadpool on set next to Wolverine in costume.
Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine on the set of Deadpool 3.
Image: Marvel Studios

Disney has pushed back the release of Deadpool 3 from May 3rd, 2024, to July 26th, Deadline reports, days after a tentative deal was reached to end the actors strike. According to The Hollywood Reporter, production will resume on the film in the next couple of weeks in London, where Marvel and Disney have paid to keep the film’s sets intact while production was on hold.

It’s one of several Marvel Studios films to see their release dates change like falling dominos. Captain America: Brave New World, which had originally been due to release on July 26th, 2024, will now instead release on February 14th, 2025, and Blade has been pushed back from that date to November 7th, 2025. Finally, Thunderbolts has been delayed from December 20th, 2024, to July 25th, 2025. 

The delays mean that Deadpool 3 is currently the only film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe set to release next year, a huge change after years of three or more films from the franchise being released annually. It will be interesting to see what impact the relative drought has on audiences’ waning interest in the superhero genre.

The strike by SAG-AFTRA, along with the Writers Guild of America strike that ended just weeks earlier, has thrown production schedules into disarray across Hollywood. Marvel Studios’ upcoming films were in varying stages of production prior to the strikes. Captain America: Brave New World had reportedly completed principle photography, leading some to speculate that it would shift to take Deadpool 3’s slot, while Variety notes that production on Blade and Thunderbolts had yet to begin. 

Beyond Marvel Studios, Disney also announced a new release date for its CGI Lion King prequel, Mufasa: The Lion King, which will now release on December 20th, 2024, rather than July 5th. Earlier this week Sony Pictures announced it was delaying the release of its third movie based on the Marvel character Venom from July 12th, 2024, to November 8th of that year.