Marvel Halts Production of ‘Thunderbolts’ Due to Writers’ Strike

The Hollywood writers’ strike has affected other Marvel projects. Apart from delaying the shooting of the feature film “Sword”the studio had to stop production on the film “Lightning”. This news was revealed on Friday (26/5) through the Deadline website.

The cast of “Thunderbolts” has been informed that filming has been postponed. They are scheduled to start in three weeks in Atlanta, in the United States. The announced cast includes bigwigs such as Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Valentina Allegra de Fontaine) Port of David (Red Guard), Hannah John-Kamen (Ghost), Sebastian Stan (James “Bucky” Barnes/The Winter Soldier), Wyatt Russell (John Walker/US Agent), Olga Kurylenko (Coach) and Florence Pugh (Yelena Belova).

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Keep in mind that Marvel changed screenwriters “Lightning” in March. Variety reported that the first screenwriter announced, Eric Pearson (from “Black Widow”), replaced by Lee Sungjin (from the series “Treta”).

The direction of the film is responsible Jake Schreier, from films such as “Frank and the Robot” (2012) and “Paper Towns” (2015) and from the series “Treta” (2023). The premiere, prior to the change in filming schedule, is scheduled for July 25, 2024.

Marvel temporarily halted production "Lightning" because of the writers strike
Lee Sung Jin and Jake Schreier (Photo: Getty Images / POPline official use)

“The Lightning” will end in Phase 5 of the MCU

Film “Lightning” announced by Marvel at Comic-Con 2022, in a timetable set by the studio for the next few years. The feature film is considered the final release of Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), which began this year with the film. “Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”.

“Lightning” will occur “Captain America: The New World Order”. This film is part of the “Multiverse Saga”, which will last until Phase 6 of the MCU.

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