It certainly wouldn’t come as news to anyone that DC has been having a troubling run at the box office this summer, with films including The Flash and Blue Beetle being much more of a miss than a hit. Although Marvel is still riding high on the successful fumes of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, they could soon find themselves in just as much trouble as their comic rivals. With the SAG-AFTRA strike raging on, actors are unable to promote their newest productions, meaning that Brie Larson won’t be able to do so for The Marvels – which could spell disaster.
“I’m hoping I’m not promoting the movie by myself. No one’s there to see me, either. They’re going to be like, ‘Where’s Brie Larson?'”Nia DeCosta
According to The Abbotsford News, director Nia DaCosta is worried that her first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be a dud without Brie Larson and her co-stars able to support it during its press tour.
In a statement, the director, who has previously helmed titles including the 2021 Candyman sequel, said that she knew no fans of The Marvels were coming out to see her. “I’m hoping I’m not promoting the movie by myself,” DaCosta said, acknowledging that potential audiences will want to see Brie Larson – the woman behind Captain Marvel.
Still, DaCosta stands behind the writers and actors who are now on strike, even if that means The Marvels will take a punch at the box office because of it. She understands that this is a complicated matter and “won’t be solved in one round of negotiations.” However, she’s still staying optimistic and holding onto hope that the studios will give the actors and writers what they want so that the entire industry can get back to work.
Other MCU Projets Delayed
Not the only MCU film to be affected by the ongoing strikes, The Marvels adds its name to a list that sees other titles including Deadpool 3, Thunderbolts, and Blade affected by the standoff. Likewise, Disney+ and Marvel series including IronHeart, Daredevil: Born Again, and the newly dubbed Agatha: Darkhold Diaries are also facing release issues due to the strikes.
For now, fans will just need to stay patient and cheer on the actors and writers from the sidelines as they fight for their well-deserved demands.
Included in those demands are a variety of requests ranging from better residuals – mostly focused around streaming and more rigid guidelines when it comes to the use of artificial intelligence both in front of and behind the camera. Referring to this chapter of Hollywood as “a new world,” The Marvels director says that she hopes the strike can be solved soon.
With this summer’s arrival of Greta Gerwig’s Barbie and Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, those backing major productions haven’t been threatened with the same fears facing Nia DaCosta and the cast and crew of The Marvels.
The Marvels director Nia DaCosta is worried that her first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be a dud without Brie Larson and her co-stars able to support it during its press tour.
However, all of that’s changing now as can be seen in the recent release of the based-on-a-true-story sports feature, Gran Turismo. Boasting a cast that included Stranger Things star David Harbour and The Lord of the Rings franchise heartthrob Orlando Bloom, the Neill Blomkamp-helmed feature felt the agonizing pains of being unable to promote with the cast.
The Marvels has already faced some hate from fans which is, sadly, to be expected as it’s a female-led superhero film. But, without the likes of Brie Larson, Iman Vellani, and Teyonah Parris hitting the promo tour, it’s likely the title will suffer at the global box office.