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Disney announces 50 new Marvel, Star Wars, and Pixar titles coming to Disney+

Including a new Fantastic Four film

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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.

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Globe’s Virtual Hangouts: Music, campus, K-Pop, and esports

More coming this year

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Last year, Virtual Hangouts brought you music festivals, concerts, youth summits, K-fan meets, and esports tournaments with the #OLTogetherNow. Well, strap up because they’re back.

Globe launched their Virtual Hangouts return with a virtual 360-degree view launch event last February 18. They, of course, had to tease us with sneak peeks of GoJAM, GoCAMPUS, GoKOREAN, and GoESPORTS this year.

GoJAM

Jumping off of last year’s GoJAM, Virtual Hangouts partnered with Karpos Live to bring a concert series featuring local and international acts from Paradise Rising, a music collective born out of Globe and 88rising’s partnership. Talents such as Jason Dhakal, Claudia Baretto, Leanne and Naara, and more are in this year’s line-up.

In light of circumstances last year, GoJAM brought you virtual Wanderland Music Festival 2020 and the Double Happiness: Winter Wonder Festival. So, tune in and wait for any new updates on this year’s events. While on the wait, GoJAM is stepping up their virtual immersive experience with virtual 360 concerts and choose-your-own-adventure interviews in this year’s plans.

GoCAMPUS

GoCAMPUS is bringing in another virtual youth summit and Future Reinvented. Students will be challenged to put theory into practice through a 5G Hackathon where teams make real-life applications of 5G technology.

With these events, GoCAMPUS hopes to reinvent school and learning experiences for students. While, empowering them to eventually bring to life real-world applications of 5G technology in society, industries, and smart cities.

GoKOREAN

Globe and K-Pop sensation BLACKPINK’s partnership and the recently concluded THE SHOW virtual concert aside, GoKOREAN has even more in store.

With GoKOREAN, K-fans get to enjoy interactive activities, like the design-your-own cup sleeves event as a way of celebrating the birthdays of BLACKPINK members. Virtual Hangouts will be having the Kmmunity Fest where fans can have a safe space to mingle and share their love of all thing K-Culture. Kmmunity Fest will be new platforms such as SHOOR, Upstream, as well as Vlive and VLive+.

GoESPORTS

Globe’s ongoing efforts to improve the Philippine esports scene by developing and discovering new esports talents and athletes was loud and clear with their VH UltiCup last year. How? Well, they opened both professional and amateur gamers to the competitive scene and giving them the opportunity to represent the country at the SuperGameFest 2020.

With its recent partnership with Riot Games Southeast Asia, it is no surprise that Globe is paving way for new opportunities for local gamers and enthusiasts. GoESPORTS has a few tournaments on their line-up for this year so keep your eyes peeled for any announcements.

If you’re interested in music, campus learning, K-culture, and esports, you can be part of these upcoming events on Virtual Hangouts simply through the GlobeOne app. On the app, just click on the Virtual Hangouts tab to view the events and join.

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Disney+ now streaming in Singapore

Have you subscribed yet?

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The wait is over. Disney+ is now finally available in Singapore.

If you’ve been longing to stream Disney classics, new shows like The Mandalorian in the Star Wars universe, or just want a feel good flick from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you can now do so via the streaming app.

The subscription costs SG$ 11.98 per month or SG$ 119.98 for a year. With it you’ll have access to a library of 500 movies and over 15,000 episodes of some of your favorite shows from Disney Channel.

You’ll also gain access to content by other major entertainment companies like Pixar, National Geographic, and Star.

To sign-up, users need to go to the Disney+ website and you’ll be asked to input your email address so they can keep you updated on how to subscribe. A subscription plan lets the user stream on four different devices at the same time. There are also different profiles for each subscription just like Netflix. However, instead of just five, Disney+ gives you up to seven profiles.

GeekCulture put together a list of supported devices so check them out to see if you have any of them.

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Here’s a 4K remaster of the Rickroll video

Done by AI

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If you’ve been on the internet for a while now, you’ll know about the meme that began meme culture: the Rickroll. Of course, if you’re already an aficionado of the internet, you’ve either already grown wary about seemingly innocuous links or already memorized the YouTube code for that catchy video. Now, however, everyone has something else to fear: a 4K remaster of the Rickroll.

Back in 2007, internet users trying to sound funny sent links to Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” on YouTube to those asking for trailers to then-unreleased Grand Theft Auto IV. Since then, unsuspecting internet users have dreaded innocuous links, in fear that it’s a Rickroll, as it was called. Baiting users into fake links has since been an important part of meme culture.

As spotted by CNet, a YouTube user Revideo has singlehandedly remastered the old music video with AI technology. Now, the video looks smooth and sparking in 4K resolution and 60 frames per second. The improvement is strangely uncanny and might put off some users.

Besides the iconic video, the YouTube user has also remastered Rick Astley’s other hit song “Together Forever” and another meme-worthy song Smash Mouth’s “All Star.”

If you want to Rickroll someone or, like us, you just want to see and hear the catchy songs in 4K resolution, you can catch the videos on Revideo’s channel.

SEE ALSO: Nokia embraces the banana-on-the-wall meme

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