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.
Variety published a pretty damaging report today on closed-door discussions at Disney, where the faltering sales and interest of the MCU is starting to concern them. Fan reaction and box office sales just haven’t been the same since after Endgame, and they’re starting to regret putting all their eggs in the superhero basket.
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.
It was six years ago when The Walt Disney Company first announced it was absorbing 20th Century Fox (now 20th Century Studios), and one major motive for that purchase was blatantly obvious: Disney only partially owned the movie rights to the Marvel catalogue. Marvel had given the X-Men away to Fox (as well as the Fantastic Four) and buying the studio outright would mean Disney owned the concept of a mutant again, and wouldn’t have to keep pushing “Inhumans” as a thing.
You probably know by now that The Walt Disney Company is 100 years old this year. The”Disney100″ branding on most products issued out in 2023 is designed to make sure everybody knows. But the celebration comes at an awkward time, as the studio is currently filming nothing while a bitter strike rages outside its walls. At this time they’d rather magnify the past, not the present.
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.
Funko Games slipped us a note that The Toy Foundation (TTF) has released their list of nominations for Toy Of The Year, and two of Funko’s own board games made it on that list: Disney Animated and Cranium Big Brain: Detective Game.
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.
Believe it or not, Pixar’s Elemental can now be considered somewhat of a success for the company. It’s proven to have a long tail, remaining in the top ten box office to this very day despite opening soft. The bad marketing made the movie look very generic, but positive word of mouth has overtaken the badly edited ads and given the film a second chance. It’s now earned over $400 million, twice as much as Encanto.