Disney Plus trailers and MORE news: Marvel Phase 4, Star Wars Obi-Wan, Lady and the Tramp
This weekend Disney D23, a huge fan convention, is taking place in Anaheim, California. Yesterday, saw panels and announcements of new Marvel and Star Wars TV shows and live-action Disney movies that will be available exclusively on the studio’s new streaming service Disney Plus. The Marvel and Star Wars content include characters and settings that will crossover with those franchises’ cinematic movies. Ahead is a round-up of all the big news, including trailers that were released.
Marvel Phase 4 – Ms Marvel, She-Hulk, Moon Knight
Last month, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige revealed the MCU Phase 4 slate at San Diego Comic-Con. The upcoming superhero adventures would be a mixture of cinematic movies (like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) and Disney Plus limited series (like Loki and WandaVision). And now three more shows have been announced, focused on characters who will also crossover into the MCU movies. First up is Ms Marvel, which focuses on Kamala Khan, a Pakistani American Muslim teenager who gets her powers through Terrigenesis. As Falcon is to Captain America, Ms Marvel is to Captain Marvel. Next up is She-Hulk aka Jennifer Walters, the cousin of Bruce Banner, who is getting her own series. Since Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk is damaged from his snap in Avengers Endgame, perhaps he will mentor her? And last but not least, is Moon Knight aka Marc Spector, who was a mercenary left for dead in the Egyptian desert, before receiving special powers from a spiritual force. It’s not clear if these three shows will be part of Phase 4, which goes up to the end of 2021 or go with the yet-to-be-announced dates for Phase 5 (2022 onwards).
Star Wars – Obi-Wan Kenobi and The Mandalorian
On the Star Wars end of things, and as leaked earlier this month, Ewan McGregor is indeed returning as Obi-Wan Kenobi. The actor came on stage at D23 to announce his return with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, and it’s been confirmed the scripts are already completed, with production set to begin next year. The star played the Jedi Master in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and is now back for his own Disney Plus show. Presumably a limited series of six-eight episodes like others on the streaming service, it’s not yet clear when this will be set. However, seeing as McGregor’s aged 14 years since he last played the character, the relatively unexplored gap between Episodes III-IV when Obi-Wan was in exile is the perfect era of the timeline for the setting. Meanwhile, the first trailer for new Star Wars series The Mandalorian has arrived, which you can watch at the top of the page. Set in the aftermath of Return of the Jedi and before the rise of the First Order, this gritty show from Jon Favreau follows a bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy.
Disney live-action movies – The Lady and the Tramp and Noelle
Marvel and Star Wars aside, Disney will also be exclusively streaming some live-action movies too. Yesterday saw the launch of trailers for both The Lady and the Tramp live-action remake and Noelle. Both films look cosy and Christmassy, with Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux starring as the CGI dogs and Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader playing Santa Claus’ kids.
Disney Plus launches in the US on November 12, but the UK release for the streaming service and all its content is still TBC.
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