Disney Just Announced What?

Disney just had a four hour long “Investor Day” live stream which announced a crap ton of stuff for 2021 and beyond. Not just movies, but a lot of new content for their one year old streaming service Disney+, which up until recently only had a smattering of new content. So what did they announce?


Marvel appears to be doubling down with interconnectedness, going with the potentially risky option of interweaving their movie and Disney + series. We have release dates and trailers for the stuff dropping first: 

Black Widow: This film is still set to release in theaters coming in May.
  
WandaVision: This is the first series to air and will release on January 15th (here is the full trailer):


Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Coming in March, featuring the return of Bucky and Sam Wilson. Here is the first trailer:


Loki: Starring Tom Hiddleston as the infamous trickster; will release in May (here is the first trailer):


What If: Is the first animated Marvel project and will come out in the summer (here is the first trailer):


Ms. Marvel: Is about a young Pakistani American girl who idolizes Carol Danvers; will be out later in the year (here is the sizzle reel which has some footage from the show):


Hawkeye: The last release we'll get in 2021 features the archer training a new protégé Kate Bishop. It was finally confirmed that Hailee Steinfeld is going to co-star as the popular comics character who takes on the mantle of Hawkeye.

We don't have exact timing for the rest, but all are likely to release sometime in 2022 and 2023.

Armor Wars: Starring Don Cheadle, the series is about the realization of Tony Stark's worst nightmare as the Iron Man technology falls into the wrong hands.

Ironheart: The comic book successor to Ironman is a young genius named Riri Williams who creates the most advanced suit of armor the world has seen. Dominique Thorne is set to star.

She-Hulk: It was finally confirmed that Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) will star in this series along with Mark Ruffalo on board to at least guest star as the Hulk/Bruce Banner, as well as Tim Roth returning after a decade as the Abomination.

Moon Knight: Oscar Isaac is rumored to be starring in this series about a hero with a dissociative personality disorder.

Secret Invasion: Sam Jackson (Nick Fury) and Ben Mendelsohn (Talos) are set to star in this potentially massive series which is likely an adaptation of one of the biggest Marvel Comics story lines in the last twenty years, involving a secret Skrull invasion of Earth.

I Am Groot: Described as shorts featuring Baby Groot, this is likely aimed at kids but we do not know if it will be live action or animated.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: The entire cast is returning along with James Gunn who will also be filming the Disney + exclusive Guardians of the Galaxy: Christmas Special, which will air the Christmas before the release of this film.

Captain Marvel 2: Brie Larson returns as Carol Danvers along with Ms Marvel jumping from her series and Monica Rambeau who is now an adult (and introduced in WandaVision).

Black Panther 2: It was confirmed that Chadwick Boseman's character will not be recast or replaced. It should release by July of 2022.

Thor: Love and Thunder: Taika Waititi is returning to direct along with all the major players including Natalie Portman, and now Christian Bale has been confirmed as the villain Gorr the Godkiller.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantummania: All the main characters are returning to this, along with Kathryn Newton joining as the recast Cassie Lang, and Jonathan Majors was confirmed as major big bad Kang the Conqueror.

Spider-man 3: While not a part of the presentation, it was confirmed that this film will tie in directly to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and WandaVision.

Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: No new information was released about this film except for confirming the cast, which was already known, and a tentative release date of July 2021.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: The biggest update to this film was the confirmation of Rachel McAdams returning as Christine Palmer. This will release in March of 2022.

The Eternals: Still no trailer or many details about this film, but there is a new release date of November of 2021.

Blade: Beyond additional confirmation that this was being made, there are no further updates.

Fantastic 4: Finally announced as in production. No casting or release information but don't expect it until at least 2023.

A cornerstone of what makes Disney, well, Disney is their animation departments. Not only are there offerings for more traditional Disney fare (Raya and the Last Dragon), but new Pixar titles (Turning Red and Lightyear, starring Chris Evans) and all the following stuff:

Hocus Pocus 2: Two of the original leads are set to return. No word on Bette Midler yet. 

Sister Act 3: Whoopi Goldberg starring.

Disenchanted: Sequel to Enchanted with Amy Adams returning.

Pinocchio: Live action remake staring Tom Hanks.

Peter Pan and Wendy: Another Peter Pan adaptation, this time with Jude Law as Captain Hook.

The Lion King 2: A prequel movie to the 'live action' 2019 film remake of The Lion King.

Cruella: Another live action adaptation of a Disney classic staring Emma Stone in the titular role.

The Little Mermaid: Yet another live action adaptation starring Daveed Diggs (Hamilton).

Baymax: Animated sequel series to Big Hero 6.

Zootopia +: No real info on this yet except it will be a series on Disney+.

Moana, The Series: Disney+ sequel series to Moana.

Tiana: Sequel series to the Princess and the Frog.

And more that may not be worth mentioning.

The Handmaid's Tale: Received a season 5 renewal.

Aliens: I'm not sure if that is a confirmed title, but this will be a TV series set on Earth featuring the famous monsters. Ridley Scott and Justin Hawley will produce.

Shogun: There is not much information on this remake except that it is coming to Hulu.

Rogue Squadron: The first Star Wars movie releasing on the big screen, set to be directed by Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman).

Obi-Wan Kenobi: The long awaited series staring Ewan McGregor as the titular character will now involve Hayden Christensen returning as Darth Vader.

Willow: Sequel series with Warwick Davis returning as Willow Ufgood and I personally hope an adult Elora Danan.

Indiana Jones 5: Harrison Ford is set to return to the role, perhaps for the last time.

Mandalorian spin offs: Rangers of the New Republic and Ahsoka. Beyond the titles little is known about these series. Rosario Dawson will star as Ahsoka.

Lando: A new series about Lando Calrissian. It was not specified if this will star Billy D. Williams or Donald Glover, or perhaps both.

Andor: This is a prequel to Rogue One staring Diego Luna returning to reprise his role as Cassian Andor, set five years before the events of the movie.

A Droid Story: Likely an adaption of the long running comic book centered on the Droid couple R2D2 and C3PO. There is no information on when this series will be set.

Bad Batch: Animated sequel to The Clone Wars focusing on the clone soldiers.

Star Wars: Visions: Anime anthology show set in the Star Wars universe.

Acolyte: Female lead series set in a new time period (The High Republic) hundreds or thousands of years before the original films.

And that's all folks... isn't that enough? This is way more content than I personally expected for Disney+ and the brand recognition will go a long way to cement the House of Mouse as a power player in the streaming industry for years to come.

J.D. Balthazar is a confirmed nerd who loves most things sci-fi or fantasy-related.

5 comments:

Billie Doux said...

My god, that's insane. Wow.

migmit said...

Looks like I chose the right time to drop MCU. Well, technically that happened a bit earlier, after Endgame, but still.

JBA said...

I was watching the live stream of it and I was so prepared to be bored, but when Kevin Feige started talking, I was getting more and more wide-eyed! I've never been so happy to be a shareholder, and I've never regretted being one before, but today, I was so proud! I knew about WandaVision, Loki, Falcon & the Winter Soldier, and Hawkeye. And I had heard the rumors about She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel. But seeing all of that new content AND so many trailers made me so happy, I was crying by the end of his presentation. I was all in on Disney+ before it was even released, but I'm even more in now.

sunbunny said...

I didn’t know Moon Knight was about someone with DID. I don’t like that. Mental illness has been sensationalized enough. It’s a real mental illness real people live with, not a super power or something that turns “normal people” into vicious axe murderers.

Samantha M. Quinn said...

I personally do not know enough about Moon Knight to fall on one side or the other about a piece of fantasy fiction tackling such a real life issue. I suppose it depends entirely on execution. I do know the character in question is a hero that originally created personas ala Batman/Bruce Wayne. If handled well, with a good actor to display the proper nuance to the issue, it could be interesting. I'm personally holding judgement, and since there isn't even a proper casting announcement yet, I bet we'll hear more about this series before it airs.