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Earlier this week, Disney revealed tonnes of new Star Wars and Marvel movies and shows that are in development, and the list is dizzying. Luckily, we've summarised all of them into this neat and tidy article for you.
At Disney's Investor Day presentation which was hosted on Thursday, the plans were announced to cover the next two years of cinema and television. Firstly, Baby Yoda of The Mandalorian will be starring in his own reality TV show reminiscent of the practical joke series, Punk'd, from the early noughties.
Baby Yoda, also known as Grogu, will begin every episode under the supervision of Din Djarin, before escaping his notice and wreaking havoc across unsuspecting villages and halls of the senate. Celebrity guests such as Yaddle, E-3P0, C-3P0, and Kit Fisto are already confirmed to appear, and all manner of cute chaos is sure to ensue.
Alright, that was totally made up, but Disney, I'll let you have that for free. The actual list starts now. Lucasfilm will be busy bees indeed with ten projects in development. The Obi-Wan Kenobi series has now got Hayden Christensen attached to reprise his role as Darth Vader, and there are two animated shows: The Bad Batch, a spin-off of The Clone Wars, and Star Wars: Visions, which is a short yet sweet set of films celebrating all things Star Wars.
The Acolyte is a new series set in the twilight of the High Republic era, and explores the burgeoning threat of the dark side and eventual onset of the Imperial era. Seems too serious? Fortunately, there's Lando, a self-explanatory spin-off, and A Droid Story, which is another self-explanatory spin-off about R2-D2 and C-3P0, and another yet-to-be-introduced droid.
Andor, a new series following Cassian and the droid K-2SO five years prior to the events of Rogue One, will be executive-produced by screenwriter Tony Gilroy, who is best known for the Bourne movies, and was nominated for an Oscar for his direction and script for the thriller Michael Clayton. And, Rogue Squadron will see Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins direct the movie, which is expected to release in 2023.
Rangers of the New Republic is a spin-off of The Mandalorian, and that's as much as we know about it thus far. However, Lucasfilm head honcho Kathleen Kennedy sung the praises of the incredibly popular TV show, and said that The Mandalorian has brought about "an entirely new era for Star Wars". Ahsoka is a new series which will follow the life of the former Padawan played by Rosario Dawson. Her appearance in The Mandalorian led our very own Ewan Moore to dust off the old soapbox and petition for a proper game all about her, as she would be the "perfect star for the next single-player adventure set in everybody's favourite galaxy far, far away."
That's it for Star Wars, so let's move onto Marvel. WandaVision arrives in just a month's time, and got a new trailer to whet our appetites for wackiness. There will be a new Fantastic Four movie, directed by Jon Watts, and focusing on the very beginning of the quartet of heroes. Nia DaCosta is attached to direct Captain Marvel 2, and Christian Bale is confirmed to have snagged the role of antagonist Gorr the God Butcher in Thor: Love and Thunder. Whether he will actually butcher gods due to his dedication to method acting is unknown at this point.
Additionally, Black Panther 2 will not be recasting its titular protagonist after Chadwick Boseman tragically passed away earlier this year. We will also see a series centered around Ironheart, an amazingly talented inventor who designs her own advanced suit of armor like Iron Man's. In Armor Wars, War Machine will try to track down Stark Industries tech that has been used for wrongdoing, and Oscar Isaac is rumoured to be playing Moon Knight in the series of the same name.
The Loki series got a new trailer, featuring Owen Wilson, and Secret Invasion is a new series starring Samuel L Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn as Nick Fury and Talos. And, 'tis the season to be jolly, so Disney will be releasing a Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, before the I Am Groot series of shorts premieres in the future.
Last but not least, there are four more Marvel shows to look forward to: What If..., The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Ms Marvel, Hawkeye, and She-Hulk. The latter sees Tatiana Maslaney (best known for her roles in Orphan Black) playing the female version of Hulk in a new comedy series, with Mark Ruffalo and Tim Roth also confirmed to star. Remember, all of the aforementioned will arrive on Disney+, so keep across announcements for their releases dates when they are revealed.
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