The Star Wars franchise has gone in some wild directions lately; the last few movies didn’t perform so hot, while a TV show on Disney+ became massively popular. Now things are coming full circle: Lucasfilm has announced The Mandalorian & Grogu, a feature film starring both characters.
Fans of Star Wars: Andor tend to be pretty obsessed and vocal about the series, recommending it to everyone they can and impatiently counting down the days until they can get the second half of the story. Well, you’re gonna have to add an extra 300 or so days to that countdown clock. Don’t shoot the messenger, I’m just here to deliver the news.
Disney+’s Marvel content got off to a very strong start with the imaginative, innovative WandaVision…and then it was gradually downhill from there. But Marvel is finally putting some of the better shows on physical media, starting tomorrow with the one that started it all. You can pop the discs in and relive the mystery, the media satire and the exhilaration of finally seeing the MCU Wanda fully transform into the Scarlet Witch of the comics (y’know, before the movies screwed that up).
Two years ago, the miniseries Hawkeye premiered on Disney+, about the Avenger and his (maybe) daughter who desired to follow in his arrow-firing footsteps. Like the majority of Marvel shows produced exclusively for Disney+, it was aimed at a family audience. Soon after, Disney announced a spinoff centered around one of the characters introduced in Hawkeye. It’s taken a while it to show up, but it turns out to be very different from what it spun from.
They live again! Kind of. The Gargoyles, those badass defenders of the night who prowled The Disney Afternoon in the 90s, are officially returning, Disney confirmed today. But….sorry folks, here’s the “but”….it’s a live-action reboot.
According to a new report from THR, we could be waiting a lot longer for Disney+’s Daredevil: Born Again. The upcoming series uses the same actor for Matt Murdock as the gritty TV show formerly on Netflix, but early reports suggested it would be different in tone, perhaps LESS gritty to fit better with the MCU as a whole.
Back in 2020, as we were all quarantining (the sensible among us, anyway), Disney announced a ton of new extended adventures for its animated movie characters. Baymax, Dug, the Zootopia crew, the Cars bunch and Princess Tiana would all be starring in either new short features or, in the case of Tiana, a full self-titled TV series. It’s now 2023 and most of those attractions have been released to Disney+, except one.
We take it the new Ahsoka show is doing well for Disney. Otherwise they wouldn’t be offering such a wild bonus next week: if you live near a participating theater, you have the option of seeing Episode 5 on the big screen at the time of premiere, though the window is tight.
So how do you like it in the future, folks? You have an instant library filled with hundreds of shows, BUT the fee to access that library goes up every year, and your favorite shows can be pulled from that library without warning. Now I bet you’re not so eager to declare physical media “obsolete,” are you?
All the great ones had to get their start somewhere, and Ahsoka Tano’s big break came when she was chosen as the apprentice of Anakin Skywalker…the “Chosen One,” or at least believed to be at the time. Hitching a wagon so close to the Man Who Would Be Vader could have ended badly for Ahsoka, but she bailed his company just in time and has followed her own path ever since.
Secret Invasion turned out to be exactly what the Marvel Cinematic Universe DIDN’T need right now — a boring slog of a miniseries that did nothing to draw an increasingly apathetic public back from “superhero fatigue.” Can Loki, God of Mischief and former nemesis of the Avengers, change that fate? You all loved him once, remember?
Ahsoka’s own show is fast approaching Disney+ at light speed, and the first full trailer was released this morning. It makes clear what executive producer Dave Filoni has been implying this whole time: the show is an outright sequel to Star Wars Rebels.