Here we are heading towards the end of 2020. The year that everyone wants to forget. Unfortunately this year, we all had to take a step back and put life on hold while we got through the global pandemic known as COVID-19. Apart of putting everything on hold this year, meant we didnt get the big blockbuster movies or new TV series that we have reported on that were due to hit the big and small screen.
Now, Disney have finally given us some hope with new release dates, new series, and some fresh trailers for some upcoming goodness we have all been waiting for. Here is a quick recap of what went down in the Disney Investor Day that primarily focused on its streaming service, Disney+
Direct to Consumer
Disney has a plan to expand its direct to consumer business. This is what we experienced with the live-action movie Mulan earlier this year. This is basically putting movies in the threaters and on the streaming service the same day. This will also include 10 Marvel Shows, 10 Star Wars shows & 15 Disney & Pixar original shows & movies over the next few years. The first one of these will be Raya and The Last Dragon which will debut on March 5th 2021
The Star Wars universe is quickly expanding. And it appears its going to get even bigger moving forward. The success of The Mandalorian has helped Disney+ get a massive foothold in the streaming space. One of the spinoff series to come from The Mandalorian will be Ahsoka Tano based off Rosario Dawson’s portray of the most famous Torgruta Jedi. This will air sometime in 2022. The 2nd spinoff from The Mandalorian will be Rangers of the New Republic. Along with Ahsoka, these will be coming from Jon Favreau & Dave Filloni who both do The Mandalorian.
Obi Wan will begin production in March 2021 focusing around Ewan McGregor’s character and it has been confirmed that Hayden Christensen will return as Darth Vadar in this series. The series will take place 10 years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and will air on Disney+
The Bad Batch will follow characters on new missions in a rapidly changing galaxy. Here is the teaser trailer
Star Wars Visions will be a Star Wars anthology series, offering a “diverse” approach to Star Wars. Lando Calrissian is also returning for a series. The Acolyte will be a mystery series set in the final days of the High Republic era. The Droid and Willow will also be on Disney+. Warwick Davis will return as Willow. Jon Chu is directing the pilot and will begin shooting next year in Wales.
This is the part that excites me the most. Unfortunately this year was meant to be a massive year for Marvel, but COVID-19 threw it all out the window. So lets refresh what was meant to happen this year in the MCU along with whats coming over the next few years!
New WandaVision trailer. The series is set to stream on Disney+ from Jan 15 2021
We finally got the first look at The Falcon & Winter Solider with an official trailer. This will stream from March 13th on Disney+
And the 3rd Marvel series heading to Disney+ is none other then Loki. Here is the first look before it streams in May 2021
Marvel also gave us an update on the Phase 4 slate with a raft of movies and when we will expect them.
* Shang-Chi & The Legend of the Ten Rings – July 9th 2021
* Captain Marvel 2 – Nov 11th 2022
* Thor: Love & Thunder – May 6th 2022. Filming begins early 2021 here in Australia. Christian Bale has been cast to play Gorr the God Butcher
* Ant Man & The Wasp: Quantumania – Peyton Reed is back to direct the 3rd installment which will introduce Kang The Conqueror played by Jonathan Majors
* Fantastic Four – Thats right, another F4 reboot, this time…done by Marvel and hopefully done the right way. Jon Watts (Spiderman: Homecoming & Spiderman: Far From Home) is set to direct
On top of the movie list, a raft of new series heading to Disney+
* Hawkeye – Jeremy Renner returns in an original series coming to Disney+ (no ETA)
* She-Hulk – Tatiana Maslany will portray Jennifer Walters (She-Hulk) along with Tim Roth reprising Abomination and Mark Ruffalo returning at Bruce Banner in an original series coming to Disney+ (no ETA)
* Moon Knight – Early stages. No casting information available. Original Series coming to Disney+
* Secret Invasion – Samuel L Jackson is back as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn as Skrull Talos return in an original series coming to Disney+
* Ironheart – Dominique Thorne portrays genuins inventor Riri Williams in an original series coming to Disney+
* Armour Wars – Don Cheadle returns as James Rhodes aka War Machine in an original series coming to Disney+
* The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special – James Gunn is back to write and direct this. We have been told its been filmed in conjunction with Vol. 3 of GOTG coming to Disney+ in 2022
* I Am Groot – A series of shorts centering around Baby Groot coming to Disney+
There is alot to look forward too, plenty of time spent in the movies or in front of the TV watching so much Star Wars and Marvel goodness.
Let us know what you’re looking forward the most