This week Disney was scheduled to hold a launch event for the European Disney+ over Thursday and Friday to show off the service to the countries where it’s launching shortly. While there was never any official hint at any sort of Marvel Studios media reveal or news (only hints at presentations like at the US investor’s day last year), the Internet hyped itself up for another event and crazy rumors of trailers have become accepted as fact.
However Deadline reports this morning that Disney has cancelled the event out of fears of the coronavirus, with a statement from Disney that says: “Due to a number of media attendee cancellations and increasing concerns at the prospect of traveling internationally at this time, we have decided to cancel our Disney+ launch events scheduled to take place on Thursday and Friday.” Instead they’ll post things to social media, issue press releases, and give press a demo of the service in London on Friday.
Right now it’s not known what is going to happen to the other big Disney events in March which were expected to have some Marvel Studios news. The annual meeting of shareholders is currently scheduled for March 11th in North Carolina and there’s been no word (yet) on a change, while CinemaCon begins in Las Vegas at the end of the month. It’s probably too early for any word on that changing just yet.
While the footage shown to shareholders is never made public, there is often someone there who will talk about what they saw. This year they’re expected to get a preview of what Disney has on the way for the rest of the year including Eternals and the Marvel Disney+ shows. If the meeting goes as scheduled next week we might hear more from an attendee.
Likewise, the footage shown at CinemaCon is never made public however Disney has a huge presentation on the first night of the convention at the end of the month. It’s not wise to get overhyped for things like this, but there is apparently at least one thing for Marvel that’s scheduled to be talked about there.