Just like that, Marvel is facing two major setbacks with 2 Phase 4 projects. Doctor Strange 2 has lost its director and reports have suggested the Hawkeye series getting delayed indefinitely. Thankfully, Marvel is still claiming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to be on track for its May 7, 2021 release. But any delay in getting a new director could also cause a subsequent delay in the release of the film which shouldn’t happen. But if the report about Hawkeye’s delay is actually correct, then it could be a blessing disguise for Ms. Marvel fans.
As you may have heard, the Hawkeye series is reportedly getting delayed due to the conjecture around Renner’s personal life. MCU Cosmic reported that the series will be delayed until things don’t get on the right track in his personal life. Here’s what the site wrote:
“(The) whole drama with him and his wife dominating the gossip sites has put something of a dampener on the whole development of the series. They aren’t removing the star of the show, especially after the James Gunn situation, but any sort of delay would also help that stuff dissipate from the TMZs of the world.”
This delay would leave the Loki series as the only live action MCU series to be coming out on Disney+ in 2021. The recent times have proven that Disney needs to put exclusive content on Disney+ as soon as possible. As soon as The Mandalorian got over, people began to unsubscribe Disney+. This year could see a dry-patch for the streaming service because 3 of its major exclusive shows (The Falcon And The Winter Soldier, WandaVision & The Mandalorian Season 2) are going to premiere on the service in the latter half of the year. And if it’s the same with 2021, then Disney will have to consider moving one of their 2022 TV shows in 2021.
In 2022, Disney+ is supposedly going to bring us the Ms. Marvel series, Moon Knight & She-Hulk. Past reports have suggested that Marvel will begin to produce the Ms. Marvel series in late 2020. So, if the Hawkeye series is getting delayed indefinitely, then Marvel could easily solve that problem by releasing Ms. Marvel in late 2021. The fans of the character would absolutely love that because not only will they get to see Ms. Marvel in action, but the establishment of Inhumans and probably a Captain Marvel cameo will all happen much earlier than it would’ve. Even the Hawkeye series could benefit from a delay as this would allow Marvel to cast the right actor to play Kate Bishop.
But, there’s a chance that Marvel might not need to do any of this because we’ve had another report suggesting that the news about the delay isn’t true. Julia Alexander of The Verge tweeted that her inside contacts of Disney are denying the report. Therefore, the July production date that has been previously reported could still be on. And for us MCU fans, it should be on! If the delay does happen then other projects could get affected. Kate Bishops’ intro in the MCU was supposed to lead us to a Young Avengers project. And that could become problematic. So, let’s hope that the report contradicting the previous cancellation report is true because we’ve already set our minds to the series.
Marvel’s future is huge and there’s a lot that could happen. Black Widow is going to kick off the future slate on May 1. Here’s how the rest of the Phase 4 slate looks like – The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in Fall 2020, The Eternals on November 6, 2020, WandaVision in 2020, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12, 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 7, 2021, Loki in Spring 2021, Spider-Man 3 on July 16, 2021, What If? In Summer 2021, and Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021. Following these are Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight and She-Hulk. The Hawkeye series may or may not be delayed indefinitely. Black Panther 2 has been scheduled for May 6, 2022.