After months of rumors and announcements, we finally have a name and official confirmation for Disney’s long-awaited streaming service, now titled Disney+. The service will launch in the United States in late 2019, with the previously announced Mandalorian from Jon Favreau, as well as official confirmation of the Loki series, with Tom Hiddleston reprising his fan-favorite role.
Additionally, we also have the reveal of a new series showcasing the early life of Cassian Andor from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, with Diego Luna reprising his role. “Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me,” said Luna. “I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey. We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply.” Currently no release date has been set for that series.
As far as crazy warped character fights go, that was pretty badass. Doctor Doom, loaded with the Starbrand, Iron Fist, powers of the Sorcerer Supreme, and the Spirit of Vengeance. Against Thor, who is already a god, the All-Father, loaded with the power of the Phoenix. That’s probably the high point of these fights, because I can’t think of any other way it will cooler than that.
That was the most brutal fight, and it was so well deserved. Batman is out for blood with Nightwing injured permanently, and KGBeast deserved nothing but brutality. That Batman broke his neck using his grapple gun without killing him shows far he’s willing to go. The fact that this was set to the back-drop of a terrifying children’s book made it all the more effective.
Space Kraken! Jarro! Volcano Man! I love this book. Scott Snyder clearly has so much fun when he’s writing, creating these incredible moments and throwbacks to villains and styles of story-telling that have since gone out of style. Justice League is his magnum opus in that style of writing, that’s for sure. We even get a nice break from the Legion of Doom with this new Drowned Earth event, and that’s refreshing.
Each issue this team just gets better, and their abilities flourish and get even cooler. Bobo finally remembered that he’s the damn Nightmaster, and not just a smart chimp with a sword, and it made for a cool moment. Deadman has essentially joined the ranks, and that’s amazing. I’m just waiting on Kirk, aka Man-Bat, to find his calling amongst all of this. Constantine is the grizzled veteran, and Zatanna is the main character, with Wonder Woman leading the charge. That formula has made this event awesome, with the Witch-Mother, Hecate, being quite the villain on the level of Nekron for me, at this point.
Drowned Earth seems like it’s going to be a small event, but still fun nonetheless. It’s nice to see the Justice League getting these focused events for each hero, as it helps shape their newer personas in this more lighthearted Justice League. Wonder Woman has her Witching Hour, and now Aquaman has his Drowned Earth. Throw in Ocean Master joining forces to fight back the threat (just like Circe… hmm) and you have a unique, fun story, that I’m quite cool with.
So, Dick now goes by Ric Grayson. A delinquent who’s hellbent on being his own, new person. But a past like Nightwing’s can’t just be ignored, and it won’t be. I dig the buzzed head look, though, as it seems to suit him in a way that’s fresh and ages him in a good way. The cop taking on the mantle could be the reminder that Grayson needs to get his suit back, and the reins of his life, but we’ll see.
It seems that DC Entertainment isn’t the only name in the streaming service game anymore, as Variety is reporting that Disney and Marvel Studios are developing two limited event series, focusing on Loki, and Scarlet Witch. Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen are expected to reprise their respective roles, with large budgets to ensure the series are done right.
It’s speculated that the shows will be 6 episodes each, with Kevin Feige in charge of production, ensuring that they fall in line completely with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, unlike current television counterparts. Additionally, no creative teams have been attached as of yet, but expect to hear more, soon.
Hot Toys has been on a rampage, adapting essentially every major blockbuster this year into their beloved Cosbaby line of bobblehead figures. This time, it’s Thor: Ragnarok getting the treatment. The Thor: Ragnarok Cosbaby series stands about 10.5 – 15cm tall and includes Thor, Roadworn Thor, Gladiator Thor, Gladiator Hulk, Loki, Hela and Valkyrie. Hela, Valkyrie, Gladiator Thor, Gladiator Hulk and Loki’s helmet with metallic finishing are only available in their respective collectible sets!
These adorable Thor: Ragnarok Cosbaby bobbleheads are armed with their unique weapons and will be available approximately Q3 – Q4, 2017. Hit the jump for a complete gallery of the upcoming line.
Marvel Studios has released a new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok, unveiled during their Hall H presentation. The new trailer is filled with new footage, as well as better looks at the new Hulk, whom, after being in that form for so long, has developed an increased intelligence and more of an ability to speak!
The trailer even gives us more story, and what to expect as far as Loki’s role in all of this. Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3rd.
While we can’t honestly expect Marvel to put the D23 Infinity War footage online, as it’s likely to show next weekend at SDCC, as well. Descriptions of the footage have been running rampant, and it seems Marvel is pulling no punches in crafting an awe-inspiring finale to this massive 22-film arc they’ve crafted.
You can hit the jump for a full description of the incredible footage shown for Avengers: Infinity War at D23.
The first official teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok is finally online, after months and months of waiting. This film has been in pre-production for some time, now, and it’s been strange to see how slow marketing has been to pick up. In all, with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 coming out less than a month, I suppose it does make sense, though.
Speaking of Guardians, this trailer is going to seem pretty familiar to fans of the Marvel Cosmic team. The colors and costuming is so reminiscent of James Gunn’s fantastical world, which is absolutely on purpose. We’ve known for some time that Ragnarok is going to be the connecting tissue for the Guardians meeting the Avengers in Infinity War, and this absolutely supports that.
The trailer itself is fantastic. Cate Blanchett looks absolutely divine as Hela, and seeing her incredible helm actually brought to life is wonderful. Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster sounds just like Jeff Goldblum, which isn’t the worst thing in the world. Even Chris Hemsworth has a new look for his God of Thunder after being forced to enter the arena and fight: surprise, surprise… The Hulk! Planet Hulk is in full effect here, with Bruce Banner’s green alter-ego already clearly the star of the show in the arena, so who knows how long he’s been on Sakaar, the arena’s home planet, up to this point.
This was by far just a teaser trailer, with nothing more than introductions to some new major players in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It will be interesting to see the more extended theatrical trailer in a few months.