Ironheart Cut From Release Schedule, Marvel Spinoff Canceled?

By Britta DeVore | Updated

Domonique Thorne as Riri Williams in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Even with all the powers of The Avengers standing behind it, Marvel is no different than any other studio facing the setbacks caused by the ongoing writers’ and actors’ strikes. While films like Thunderbolts and Deadpool 3 face pushbacks, the studios’ lineup of Disney+ series is no different. Now, it would appear that audiences looking forward to seeing Ironheart will need to wait a little bit longer. 

Disney +’s Ironheart was initially set to premiere this fall, but the show has completely disappeared from the studio’s schedule of releases.

As revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, Ironheart is just one of many titles that have shifted. Expected to make a premier on the streamer this fall, the series has now been completely cut from the list. Although filming on the series has long been a wrap, it’s reported that the final steps of editing can’t be completed due to the ongoing strikes.

What We Know About The Ironheart Series

First introduced in last year’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Ironheart will (eventually) follow the young technology prodigy, Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne). Over six episodes, audiences can expect to learn more about the budding hero who is likely to become a member of the new lineup of Avengers headed by Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson, aka Captain America.

Along with Thorne, the series is set to star Anthony Ramos (Transformers: Rise of the Beasts), Jim Rash (Captain America: Civil War), Manny Montana (The Mule), Lyric Ross (This Is Us), Zoe Terakes (Wentworth), Alden Ehrenreich (Supernatural), Shakira Barrera (GLOW), Shea Couleé (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Paul Calderón (Justified: City Primeval), Cree Summer (Rugrats), Regan Aliyah, Anji White, Sonia Denis, Harper Anthony, and Rashida “Sheedz” Olayiwola. 

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Ironheart in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Ironheart is created by Chinaka Hodge, who holds writing credits on acclaimed productions including Snowpiercer and The Midnight Club. She also serves as the show’s main writer. Familiar MCU names including Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Ryan Coogler, Victoria Alonso, Zoie Nagelhout, and Brad Winderbaum all join the project as executive producers. 

While news surrounding the delayed arrival of Ironheart is bad, things only get worse for Marvel fans knowing that it may be quite some time until other productions make their way to the streamer – although, at this time, Ironheart is the only one to be completely removed from the docket.

Even More Marvel Delays

Both Daredevil: Born Again and Wonder Man paused production due to the strikes, while the Kathryn Hahn-led Agatha Harkness spin-off has not only been pushed back by half a year but it’s also undergone a third name change to Agatha: Darkhold Diaries. Likewise, the highly-anticipated animated series, X-Men ‘97 is also facing a premiere push. 

Audiences waiting for the second season of What If…? are looking toward the holiday season for its release while Echo won’t be making waves until 2024 instead of its initial 2023 release.

In fact, the only Disney+ series to land on the platform on its promised date will be the Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson-led Loki, which returns for a second season on October 6. Still, even the trickster’s next chapter doesn’t serve as much solace when the likes of Ironheart and Agatha: Darkhold Diaries won’t be seeing the light of day for quite some time. 

When it comes to Ironheart’s release, the only good news is that it sounds like the hold-up strictly comes down to the strike. With the studio claiming that the final touches are all that’s left before it can celebrate its release, it would seem as though once the strike comes to an end, the series will find itself with a premiere date.

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