Because of the pandemic, the days of big Disney/Marvel announcement events are over. However, especially with Disney+ in its pocket, Disney can still announce great upcoming titles online. In today’s Disney Investor Day, the company did just that, revealing big titles for Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars. Here are the biggest announcements from the blockbuster event:
Old Marvel announcements getting the spotlight again
Marvel’s previously announced series just got their last chance aboard the hype train before their release dates next years. They all got new trailers and more definitive release dates: WandaVision on January 15, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier sometime in March, Loki in May, Hawkeye in the late Fall. Animated series What If? received a trailer, but no release date.
Two upcoming, previously announced MCU movies also made cameos. For one, long-time MCU helmsman Kevin Feige confirmed that they are not recasting King T’Challa in Black Panther 2 set for a July 2022 release. The third Ant-Man film got its name, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and will feature a major Marvel villain, Kang the Conqueror, played by Lovecraft Country’s Jonathan Majors. Finally, Christian Bale will star as the villain, Gorr the God Butcher, in Thor: Love and Thunder.
New Marvel titles coming up
Marvel also announced new series coming to Disney+ sometime in the future. Armor Wars will finally grant Don Cheadle’s War Machine his own series. Secret Invasion, named after a big Marvel story, will feature Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn’s Skrull Talos from Captain Marvel. Finally, Ironheart, a younger version of Iron-Man, will star Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams.
Similarly, James Gunn, who will helm Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, will also direct a special Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special to be released a bit before the film. Meanwhile, Jon Watts, who directed Spider-Man: Homecoming, will lead a MCU version of Fantastic Four, the super family’s first appearance in the universe.
Star Wars extravaganza
While Marvel mixed it up with old and new titles, Lucasfilm unloaded a barrage of upcoming Star Wars titles coming to Disney+. Besides the already successful Mandalorian series, the franchise is getting two spinoffs: The Mandalorian: Rangers of the New Republic and Ahsoka. The rest of the series will get Star Wars: The Bad Batch, Star Wars: Ando, The Acolyte, A Droid Story, Star Wars: Lando, and Star Wars: Visions. In other news, Hayden Christiansen will reprise his role as Anakin Skywalker in upcoming series Obi-Wan Kenobi (also featuring Ewan McGregor as the titular character).
For movies, the franchise is getting Rogue Squadron and an untitled Taika Waititi-led film.
Disney and Pixar
Outside of Disney’s most prolific franchises, Disney and Pixar are also expanding content from its own library of titles. Baymax, following Big Hero 6’s favorite character, will premiere in 2022. Zootopia Plus, named after the movie, is a series that will also debut in 2022. Meanwhile, Tiana and an untitled Moana series will hit Disney+ in 2023.
For bigger releases, Lin-Manuel Miranda is once again attached to a new musical from Disney, Encanto, set in Colombia. Lightyear brings us back to the Toy Story world with an origin story of the titular character as voiced by Chris Evans.
League of Legends’ animated Netflix show is coming soon!
Out by this fall!
The new animated series is titled Arcane. And, it’s coming from the League of Legends (LoL) publishers themselves: Riot games. Despite releasing countless animated shorts, Arcane is a first for the League franchise. Riot Games partnered with Fortiche Productions to develop and produce this series; keeping character designs and art close to home.
Since the first hint of it in 2019, fans have been waiting patiently for this release. And if you want the series now, you’ll have to wait a little bit longer. It’ll be out on Netflix and on Tencent Video in China by fall this year.
We follow two iconic League champions, their origins, and the power that tears them apart. The backdrop to the story is the utopian region of Piltover and the oppressed underground of Zaun.
Riot Game’s Global President of Entertainment, Shauna Spenley said, “Arcane was created as a love letter to our players and fans, who have been asking us for more cinematic experiences that dive deeper into the worlds and champions in League of Legends.”
Netflix’s video game animated series
Arcane is just one of few new video game adaptation slates in Netflix’s lineup. Which, spells good news for fans and players of games. One recent release was Dota: Dragon’s Blood, an animated series inspired by Valve’s multiplayer online battle arena (moba) game DOTA 2. Other Netflix series based on the video game realm include Assassin’s Creed, Castlevania, Cuphead, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, and Assassin’s Creed.
Couple co-op games to play during the pandemic
Loving from a distance
It goes without saying that the pandemic has drastically altered our lives. And, for the lucky few who’ve found love amidst the global chaos or barely kept their love life while apart, playing games has become one of the best past time in quarantine.
Below are cooperative games you can play with your partners or friends. We’re open to all forms of love here. Also, note that this list won’t include classic multiplayer games like Minecraft, Stardew Valley, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons because I’m assuming you and your partner or friends have already played these for an ungodly number of hours. Which, by the way if you haven’t, I recommend you start there.
Not included on this list are multiplayer online battle arenas(mobas) since that’s a whole genre of it’s own. And, I’m sick and tired of blatant sexting and flirting on moba team chats. Get your lives together or stay alone, yeah?
It Takes Two
It Takes Two is a cooperative action-adventure platformer with gripping stories and game mechanics. You play as arguing parents at wit’s end stuck in doll form. The doll form bit is due to your daughter’s attempt to cope with her parents’ eventual split. Speaking of splits, it’s a split-screen multiplayer that allows you to play locally or online. The game mechanics and design are witty and eloquent–drawing you into the characters’ stories.
It Takes Two is a good game to play with your partner to see how well you work through obstacles together–in more ways than one. It Takes Two was developed by Hazelight Studios and published by Electronic Arts under the EA Originals labels.
Heave Ho! is a multiplayer co-op platformer where you and your partner or friends get through tough puzzles using your wobbly and dangly limbs. Grab on to each other’s hands, climb across dangling bodies, and swing your way into safety.
Heave Ho! forces you to work together by throwing the other, climbing over, and using our partner to get to the other side. It’s a quirky simple yet challenging game that have left players screaming desperate for hand grabbing. Heave Ho! was developed by Le Cartel Studio and published by Devolver Digital.
Overcooked! 2 is a cooperative cooking simulation video game. It’s the sequel to Overcooked! which had the same game mechanics just without the new and improved stages, mechanics, and features. Overcooked! 2 will make it necessary to yell at each other–which doesn’t have to be a bad thing. You work together as a team to prep, cook, and serve.
It’s the perfect game to play to break the ice, work together, laugh, and panic. Test your relationship, strengthen it, or break up over a silly game. Overcooked! 2 was developed by Team17 alongside Ghost Town Games and published by Team17.
Do two burly Vikings braving the elements sound like a romantic way to spend the night with your partner? No, of course not, but you’ll get hours of entertainment riding together with your nordic allies. Valheim is an explorative survival game. Build yourself a little home, roam the giant wilderness for resources, and hunt some trolls. If Minecraft doesn’t hit the same way anymore, this will probably fill that gap. But make sure you’re playing together, microphone on, and you’ll get lost in purgatory.
Valheim was developed by Iron Gate AB and developed by Coffee Stain Publishing.
Netflix working on live-action Gundam movie
Helmed by the director of ‘Kong: Skull Island’
If you like movies featuring giant robots, you’re gonna like this latest development — Netflix, working with Legendary Pictures, is set to make a live-action Gundam movie.
The live-action Gundam movie will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts who also called the shots for Kong: Skull Island. Other than the fact that it’s happening and who’s directing it, there are no details yet. Clearly, the project is still in its very early stages. It’ll be curious to see which one from its wealth of source materials will the team behind the live-action film pull from.
Grab your Mobile suits! Jordan Vogt-Roberts has been set to direct and produce Legendary’s first-ever live-action feature film version of Sunrise’s GUNDAM for Netflix.
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) April 12, 2021
Legendary Pictures is the same company responsible for the Pacific Rim movie franchise as well as the “Monsterverse” movies featuring Godzilla and King Kong.
h/t: The Verge
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