One of the effects of the pandemic has been an indefinite hiatus for most of the entertainment industry. This includes the closure of theme parks, movie theaters, and the halting of film and television productions. This is true even for a large company like Disney who was slated to release a couple of new Marvel movies in the coming months. Their upcoming lineup includes The Falcon & The Winter Soldier, Loki, WandaVision, and Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings, Black Widow, and The Eternals. Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, which is currently in the post-production stage, was scheduled to release first on November 6th of this year but will most likely be pushed back.
But as China is easing its measures and lifting lockdowns, Disney is preparing to reopen its Shanghai park later this month. Disney will be observing stricter precautionary measures that the government demands. All park employees will have to wear a mask and continue observing social distancing practices and the park will cap visitors at less than 30% of the park’s capacity.
The reopening of the park, which is expected to extend stateside soon, raises the question of whether or not Disney will also resume work on other sectors like the aforementioned Marvel productions.
Recently appointed CEO Bob Chapek spoke up on the matter during a Disney investor quarterly call that was held yesterday. He said, “In terms of large scale production, we’re gonna go through the same process as we do our theme parks… we’re going to be responsible in terms of how we put our own employees and other filmmakers that are partners with us.” He continued by saying that they have no projections on when exactly the company can do that.