World peace would be nice and all, but I want Disney to use their power and clout to make Elsa gay in Frozen 2. I’ve written about this before, but there’s a new Frozen 2 trailer that doesn’t contradict these hopes and dreams for the world.
I mean, come on. Let it happen. I fully respect the idea that Elsa doesn’t need a love interest. But everybody loves a good romance. And Elsa should be gay. I want Disney to make it happen. I want Disney to use their massive entertainment empire to stare back into the eyes of every bigot and religious nutjob out there and tell them: Let it go.
Also, magical flames in Frozen 2? Surely there’s an awesome fire-magic lady out there to partner up with Elsa’s ice-magic.
And surely we can note that the trailer is being intentionally vague about the origins of that magic fire and what lies in the enchanted forest. Love interests and romance are a big part of Disney movies, but none of the trailers so far even hint at such a thing for Elsa. So either Disney isn’t going to go down that road for arguably their most popular princess in years…or they’re keeping it a secret!
I’m just gonna hold on hope for awhile.
The first trailer for The Mandalorian — the first ever live action Star Wars TV show — was unveiled the other night at the D23 Disney convention. It looks pretty darn sweet!
I’m excited for this show. I’m excited for most things Star Wars. I am that exact sort of fanboy who is going to gobble up any and all of this nostalgia-driven new material. Obi-Wan Kenobi TV show with Ewan MacGregor returning to the role? Hell to the yes!
Dusty, badass TV show about a lone bounty hunter dressed in Mandalorian armor? You’re goddamned right I’m getting Disney+!
There was a bunch of cool Marvel Cinematic Universe news this weekend at the D23 Disney convention. We now know that Black Panther 2 is coming out in May 2022, for example. And there were some more Eternals cast members named.
But coolest news for me is that Kit Harrington has been cast as the Black Knight in the Eternals movie, and Wyatt Russell has been cast as U.S. Agent in the Falcon and the Winter Soldier TV show!
How cool is that?
I am loving the fact that so many nifty, smaller Marvel characters are getting cast to actually appear in things. Like David Harbour as the Red Guardian in the Black Widow movie.
Black Knight is an ancient knight from King Arthur times, who wields the Ebony Blade. Harrington is playing Dane Whitman, the modern day incarnation of the Black Knight. He is a longtime Avenger in the comics, though a minor character by far. He should be cool.
I’m more excited about U.S. Agent.
For those who don’t know, the U.S. Agent was the government’s replacement Cap when Steve Rogers abandoned the role back in the 1980s. He’s more of a company man than Rogers, often going to extremes to follow orders and be a good government boy. And it makes total sense in the MCU for the government to want their own replacement Captain America, and to not just let Sam Wilson take over because Steve Rogers said it’s OK.
I hope to see U.S. Agent as a friendly antagonist, someone how is opposed to Falcon and Bucky, but is still on the side of the good guys in the bigger picture. And perhaps they all have to work together in the end to take on Baron Zemo.
Sweet Joseph McGillicutty! If you thought Marvel was worried about losing Spider-Man, they are apparently more than ready to just continue full steam ahead with everything else they’ve got at the ready! At the D23 convention tonight, they have announced new TV shows for Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight and She-Hulk!
They’re coming to the Disney+ streaming service in the years ahead, so they’ll be made by Marvel Studios and not Marvel TV.
We don’t have any details yet on what these shows will contain. Maybe we’ll learn more as the weekend continues, and I’ll gladly share anything that I learn. But man, this is damn exciting.
I think a Marvel Studios-produced TV show is the perfect way to introduce Kamala Khan, especially if it means she can jump to the movies eventually (Young Avengers!).
And while I’ve been previously opposed to bringing She-Hulk into the MCU, I think she’d work perfectly with the new Professor Hulk we’ve got!
What a time to be alive! Here’s hoping I make it to 40 so I can see all of these! Just hook it to my veins!
Last night was the night we’ve all been waiting for! Marvel Studios held their big announcement panel at San Diego Comic-Con and Kevin Feige finally shed light on what comes next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe! I’m excited. You’re excited. How about we just run these down?
First up is confirmation of the Black Widow movie!
Black Widow comes out on May 1, 2020.
Black Widow is the next Marvel movie. It’s something of a prequel, I think. Should be a lot of fun. No trailer yet.
Next up is Eternals.
Eternals comes out on Nov. 5, 2020.
I don’t know much about the Eternals, either the movie or the comic. An all-star cast was announced last night, starring Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie as the leads. There’s also the great Kumail Nanjiani and the awesome Bryan Tyree Henry, plus a bunch of others I don’t really know. The Eternals are like the Inhumans in that they’re an ancient race of super-powered people, based around the Greek Gods. Could be fun! No word on the gay lead character though.
Then we’ve got Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings.
Shang-Chi arrives in theaters on Feb. 12, 2021.
I’m excited for this one because it’s something new. Granted, Eternals is something new, but I don’t care about them on a deeper level. Shang-Chi could be fun. Especially since it’s going to include the Mandarin, the real one, with a possible tie-in to the Ten Rings that were first introduced all the way back in the first Iron Man. That could be some awesome lore to explore!
Also, actor Simu Liu was cast as Shang-Chi. I don’t know anything about him, but I trust Marvel and their casting. This will also, obviously, be the first Asian-led Marvel Studios movie!
The next movie is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Doctor Strange 2 comes out on May 7, 2021.
This could be good! The director said they’re going for more of a horror movie this time around, which is a genre Marvel hasn’t done yet. I liked the first Doctor Strange film, enjoyed his cameos in the Infinity War films, so this could be a lot of fun.
Last we have Thor: Love and Thunder!
Thor 4 drops on Nov. 5, 2021.
Director Taika Waititi is coming back for Love and Thunder, so I am very happy. Ragnarok was amazing. Chris Hemsworth is returning as Thor, but the biggest surprise of the night was Natalie Portman walking out on stage and revealing that she’ll be playing the Jane Foster version of Thor as well! That’s pretty darn cool! Glad to see that fences were mended and she decided to come back!
Also, Marvel and Tessa Thompson are going to be way more open about Valkyrie being LGBTQ, so that’s awesome.
That’s it for the movie slate, as far as was revealed. But the Marvel panel also touched on a bunch of their upcoming TV shows for the Disney+ streaming service. They confirmed The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which will feature Baron Zemo as the villain. There’s going to be a Loki show starring the Loki that escaped with the Tesseract in Avengers: Endgame. Could be fun. WandaVision is going to focus on the Scarlet Witch after the death of the Vision, which could be nuts. She’s also going to cameo in Doctor Strange 2, and an adult Monica Rambeau has been cast to appear, so yay!
What If…? is getting a cartoon playing around with alternate takes on the Marvel movies. Sounds hilarious. And a Hawkeye TV show was confirmed for several years out, in which Jeremy Renner will be training Kate Bishop. So doubly awesome.
The last surprise of the night was announcing actor Mahershala Ali has been cast as a new Blade, possibly for a new Blade movie somewhere down the line! So if, like me, you were disappointed in how he was killed off as Cottonmouth, this is cool news!
Also, Feige announced that they are working on Guardians of the Galaxy 3, Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2 and the Fantastic Four, so awesome! No Ant-Man 3 announced, which is too bad. But perhaps Scott Lang deserves his retirement from superheroics, and his daughter can take over in Young Avengers!
The Marvel Studios panel was hype in its purest form. I am excited for all of this news and cannot wait to enjoy my entertainments for years to come! I’m also definitely signing up for Disney+ when it comes out later this year.
What were your thoughts about all the announcements? Let me know in the comments!