Behind the scenes, in Hollywood, there is a situation brewing that will potentially bring new production to a screeching halt. The Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) is voting to authorize a strike. If producers aren’t willing to agree to terms that will update writers’ contracts to modern writing conditions (Many of the negotiations are in regards to writers on streaming media), there is a possibility that the screenwriters will go on strike.
This would include the writers on any MCU properties, on television and in film. Even in situations where the writers being hired aren’t members of the WGA, writers are planning to strike in solidarity (and to avoid a situation where breaking the strike will create bad blood for later in their career, when they do want a union job). But, like many things, the strike has been brewing for a long time, and producers have had a change to plan accordingly. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige doesn’t anticipate that the strike will impact any of the MCU movies anytime soon.
“Most of the movies that we’ve talked about publicly will be okay,” Feige says. “For a few of them, depending on how long it lasts, there will be repercussions. But certainly the ones filming or the ones about to start filming have scripts and are set.”
“None of the 2018 movies will be affected,” added Feige. “Most of them are set. What it would really impact is future work on future projects.”
While Feige can say that the 2018 movies will not be affected, the writers of the movies are usually consulted while the movies are being filmed, to be sure that production decisions are not impacting the intended story. The scripts for everything being filmed in the immediate future may be ready, but the previous WGA strike prevented any writing by WGA members, which would include changes of dialogue during filming. Of course, when the strike is over, changes can be made in re-shoots.
It’s important to remember that this isn’t up to the individual writer’s decision. As a member of WGA, the writer’s union, they agree to the union’s terms, and aren’t allowed to work (even for free) during the strike. Membership in the WGA provides many benefits to writers, including health insurance.
While the strike may not have a large effect on the first Avengers: Infinity War movie, which is already filming, and Ant-Man and the Wasp should also be safe, it’s interesting to think about what another strike could mean for those films where the primary writing would be halted, if Marvel Studios attempts to stick to the schedule. A previous writers strike is literally the reason that the first time we saw Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, his mouth was sewn shut.
I would hope that Marvel Studios takes too much pride in their characters, the movies, the products, and their creative team, to allow the butchering of a classic character that occurred with the earlier Deadpool. I’m still hoping that negotiations can be successful and production won’t be impacted, while also trying not to think of the impact that this could have on Television, in which a long hiatus can severely hurt ratings.
Source: The Wrap