Marvel fans might be eager to see Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe begin now that Avengers: Endgame has successfully culminated the last ten years of Marvel movies, however, it seems like there might be a few hitches.
According to Blumhouse founder and Invisible Man producer Jason Blum, Marvel Studios movies and other blockbuster productions won't be able to continue filming until 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the entertainment industry, closing down the production of highly-anticipated comic book movies like Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Shazam 2, and many, many others.
While everyone's hoping for production to continue in the fourth quarter of 2020, Blum believes COVID-19 will force major film productions to shut down even longer than expected.
Speaking in an interview with the Los Angeles Times for a survey, Blum was asked to share his thoughts on the future of the filmmaking industry.
"I do think smaller productions will start sooner, but I don't think we're going to see Marvel movies shooting, or big expensive movies, until 2021," Blum told the publication, "The real answer to your question is that it's all about when testing will be in this country as good it is in other places, which it isn't yet."
Blum seems to have a realistic view of the future of the entertainment industry. Sure, we might be hoping that the novel coronavirus pandemic dies out by the end of summer, but we can't be entirely sure when the globe will finally be able to flatten the curve of COVID-19. We can only prepare for the worst.
Marvel's newest release, Black Widow, is set to premiere on November 6, 2020.