Or cast is forced to accept lower salary payments. If there's no possible theatrical release, then there's a choice. Make the movie for less or don't make the movie. If Hollywood stops making any big movies, big actors stop getting any paychecks...so I'd look for the industry to rebalance on cost the next 5 years. Just like musicians started making less post-Napster for quite awhile, (although that was just direct economic reality vs negotiation of parties, since they are just closer to their product/payment stream).the cast paychecks are a good chunk of these budgets. You’d only have to look at X-Men Dark Phoenix’ special effects to see what a marvel film would look like with a lower budget. The way the MCU is heading, not much is going to be grounded enough to warrant a low budget film. And with the multiverse aspect affecting so many characters and story’s. They can’t really not make any of the movies that they have slated. Blade, maybe? But that would likely be one of the “lower” budget films.