A new rumor from Charles Murphy suggests that Marvel Studios is looking to postpone the production of their Hawkeye series starring Jeremy Renner from their 2020 production schedule. 

You can check that out below. 

Production on Marvel Studios planned Disney Plus series, Hawkeye, has been postponed indefinitely. Originally scheduled to begin production this July, the series has now been removed from the studio’s 2020 production schedule.

This would suggest that projects such as Loki, Ms Marvel, Moon Knight, and possibly even She-Hulk will be made before Hawkeye, bumping the project to a 2021 shoot. 

While there had been reports that Oscar-nominee Hailee Steinfeld (Bumblebee, True Grit) was in the running/in talks for the role of Clint Barton’s protege Kate Bishop, the actress has downplayed her involvement and has a commitment to filming season two Apple TV+’s Dickinson, a series about poet Emily Dickinson (played by Steinfeld). 

A third season could also become a conflict with her commitment.

There is a good chance that Marvel/Disney is trying to make things work with Hailee’s schedule.

However, another issue could be Jeremy Renner himself, who has allegations in court (custody battle) from his ex-wife of abuse against herself and their young child, including threatening to kill her and himself. 

Disney is notoriously scared of PR nightmares and have recently distanced themselves from Johnny Depp’s domestic abuse/violent on-set behavior by looking to soft-reboot the Pirates of The Caribbean franchise (possibly with a female lead). The studio also fired James Gunn from Guardians of The Galaxy 3 over tasteless tweets, only to rehire him months later. 

Recasting the Clint Barton role doesn’t seem to be off the table after Marvel has previously recast parts such as Bruce Banner aka Hulk with Mark Ruffalo, James Rhodey Rhodes aka War Machine with Don Cheadle, and Fandral with Zachary Levi.

A third option could be that they’re possibly looking to retool the creative team and might make announcements about new writers/showrunners. We’ve seen plenty of shows in the development process change directions and it recently happened with Hulu’s Tigra & Dazzler.

Originally, Hawkeye was supposed to be ready for the fall of 2021 to stream on Disney+ and would likely have meant that filming would have started at the end of the summer or start of fall. A delay in production would push the project to air sometime in 2022. 

I guess we’ll have to wait to see if this delay means something bigger is happening with the series. Keep in mind, this is only a rumor for the moment. 

SOURCE: CHARLES MURPHY 

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