The Walt Disney Company have revealed the ambitious next steps for both ‘Marvel’ and ‘Star Wars’ content across their upcoming slate.
First up on the Star Wars front, Lucasfilm announced an impressive number of exciting Disney+ series and new feature films destined to expand the Star Wars galaxy like never before. Among the projects for Disney+ are ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi,’ starring Ewan McGregor with Hayden Christensen returning as Darth Vader, and two series set in the Mandalorian era from Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni: ‘Rangers of the New Republic’ and ‘Ahsoka,’ a series featuring the fan favourite character Ahsoka Tano.
Additional new titles announced for Disney+ include ‘Andor,’ ‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch,’ ‘Star Wars: Visions,’ ‘Lando,’ ‘The Acolyte,’ and ‘A Droid Story.’ The next feature film in the Star Wars franchise, releasing in December 2023, will be ‘Rogue Squadron,’ which will be directed by Patty Jenkins of the ‘Wonder Woman’ franchise.
The next instalment of the ‘Indiana Jones’ franchise directed by James Mangold, a Star Wars feature film by writer/director Taika Waititi and ‘Children of Blood & Bone,’ based on Tomi Adeyemi’s New York Times bestselling novel, round out the feature-film slate.
The studio is also revisiting ‘Willow’ in a new series with Warwick Davis returning in the title role.
Marvel Studios also shared plans for the expansion and future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, revealing details about upcoming content for both Disney+ and theatres. Among dozens of upcoming projects, three new series for Disney+ were revealed, including the Samuel L. Jackson-starrer ‘Secret Invasion,’ ‘Ironheart’ with Dominique Thorne as a genius inventor, and ‘Armor Wars,’ starring Don Cheadle as James Rhodes aka War Machine who faces Tony Stark’s worst fears.
These will join the studio’s robust lineup of Disney+ titles including ‘WandaVision,’ ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,’ and ‘Loki’; the animated series ‘What If…?’; ‘Ms. Marvel’; ‘Hawkeye,’ with Hailee Steinfeld joining Jeremy Renner in the series; ‘She-Hulk,’ starring Tatiana Maslany in the title role alongside co-stars Mark Ruffalo and Tim Roth; ‘Moon Knight’; ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special’; and a series of original shorts, ‘I Am Groot,’ featuring everyone’s favourite baby tree.
Included in a host of new feature film reveals were ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,’ the third feature in the ‘Ant-Man’ franchise, and ‘Fantastic Four,’ which introduces Marvel’s most iconic family and will be directed by ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ director Jon Watts.
Marvel Studios’ upcoming feature films also include ‘Black Widow,’ ‘Shang Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings,’ ‘Eternals,’ ‘Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness,’ ‘Thor: Love and Thunder,’ which has just announced Christian Bale as joining the cast taking on the role of Gorr the God Butcher ‘Black Panther 2, which has been confirmed to not re-cast the role sadly left empty by Chadwick Boseman, Ryan Coogler returns to direct, ‘Blade,’ ‘Captain Marvel 2,’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.’