Disney Investor Day 2020 event was jam-packed with new announcements. The company revealed a number of new projects in the works for both the Disney+ streaming service and theaters, covering huge franchises like Marvel and Star Wars, live-action remakes like Pinocchio and a new lineup of animated movies and series.If you’re having trouble keeping track of it all, fear not. Here’s a quick breakdown of every movie and series announced at the event.
Star Wars Series on Disney PlusIn what may well be the biggest news from the event, no fewer than six live-action Star Wars series were discussed. Here’s a quick rundown of what we learned:
- The Rogue One prequel is called Star Wars: Andor.
- Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi Will Feature Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader.
- Leslye headland’s mystery series is revealed as The Acolyte, a female-driven series set in the High Republic era.
- Lando Calrissian is getting an “event series.”
- The Mandalorian will have at least two spinoffs – Star Wars: Ahsoka and Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic.
Additionally, Disney showed a teaser trailer for the animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch and revealed the anime anthology project Star Wars Visions.Patty Jenkins’ Star Wars MovieIn addition to these many Star Wars TV projects, Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy revealed the next Star Wars theatrical film. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron will be directed by Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins and feature a new generation of heroic pilots.
New MCU Shows on Disney PlusSeveral new MCU series and specials were confirmed for Disney+. That lineup includes:
- Secret Invasion, starring Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn’s Talos
- Ironheart, starring Dominque Thorne as armored heroine Riri Williams
- Armor Wars, starring Don Cheadle’s War Machine as he fights to stop Tony Stark’s armor tech from falling into the wrong hands
- Baby Groot, which is a series of animated specials revolving around the tiny Guardian of the Galaxy
- Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, written and directed by James Gunn and slated to debut in Holiday 2022.
Marvel’s Kevin Feige also revealed release windows for several previously announced projects. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is debuting in March 2021, followed by Loki in May 2021 and What If…? in Summer 2021. Additionally, Tatiana Maslany has finally been confirmed to play the lead role in She-Hulk, and Mark Ruffalo and Tim Roth are also confirmed to reprise their roles as Bruce Banner and The Abomination, respectively.
Fantastic Four Movie ConfirmedWhile few details are known yet, Feige announced a Fantastic Four movie is officially in development at Marvel Studios, with Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Jon Watts attached to direct.
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Feige also revealed some intriguing new details about future MCU projects. Here’s a quick rundown:
- Ant-Man 3 is officially called Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
- Both Ms. Marvel and Monica Rambeau will appear in Captain Marvel 2.
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will connect to the events of Spider-Man 3, and Xochitl Gomez is confirmed to be playing Miss America Chavez.
- Christian Bale is confirmed to be playing Gorr the God Butcher in Thor: Love and Thunder.
Feige definitively addressed the biggest question surrounding Black Panther 2. Marvel won’t be recasting the T’Challa role out of respect to the late Chadwick Boseman. Instead, the Black Panther series will expand to spotlight other characters, using the branding “World of Wakanda. Ryan Coogler remains attached to Black Panther 2, but the sequel’s release date has been pushed back to July 8, 2022.
Indiana Jones 5 in PreproductionLucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy confirmed Indiana Jones 5 is in preproduction with a planned 2022 release, revealing this will be the final film to feature Harrison Ford’s iconic adventurer.
Noah Hawley’s Alien Series
Fargo’s Noah Hawley is overseeing a new Alien series for FX. The series is set on Earth and blends the “timeless horror of the first Alien film with the non-stop action of the second, it’s going to be a scary thrill ride that will blow people back in their seats.”
Pixar announced a new animated film called Lightyear, one connected to the Toy Story franchise. Lightyear is described as an origin story for Buzz Lightyear, charting his rise from test pilot to Space Ranger. Directed by Finding Dory co-director Angus MacLane, Lightyear will star Chris Evans as the voice of Buzz and is scheduled to hit cinemas in summer 2022.
Tiana and MoanaTwo of Disney’s newer animated princess are getting spinoff series, with both Tiana and Moana headed to Disney+.
Pinocchio on Disney PlusDisney live-action Pinocchio remake starring Tom Hanks is forgoing a theatrical release entirely and will head straight to Disney+. Disney hasn’t revealed whether other live-action remakes like Cruella and Peter Pan and Wendy will follow suit.
Raya and the Last Dragon Coming to Premier AccessDisney’s upcoming fantasy animated film will be the next addition to the Premier Access line. Raya and the Last Dragon will debut in theaters and on Disney+ on March 5, though like with Mulan, subscribers will have to pay an additional fee to watch it.
Four More Seasons of It’s Always SunnyDisney and FX have renewed It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia for a further four seasons. Assuming the series reaches the Season 18 mark, it’ll officially become the longest-running live-action sitcom in TV history. FX and Disney also announced that new seasons of Atlanta, American Horror Story, Dave, What We Do in the Shadows, Mayans, Better Things, Snowfall, and Archer are all coming to FX.
Disney’s Encanto & IwájúDisney’s next animated feature film after Raya and the Last Dragon will be Encanto. In a brief synopsis from Disney, “Encanto takes you to Colombia, where a magical family lives in a magical home.” The film is directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush, co-directed and co-written by Charise Castro Smith. Encanto’s music will be written by the prolific Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Moana). Disney is also developing a new sci-fi animated series called Iwájú, which will debut on Disney+ in 2022.
Other Disney FranchisesDisney will expand on many more iconic franchises on Disney+, with new spinoff series announced for The Mighty Ducks, Chip & Dale, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia. Disney also announced a sequel to 1993’s Hocus Pocus and a reboot series for Percy Jackson and the Olympians.Jesse is a mild-mannered staff writer for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter.
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