Michael Waldron Loki Interview

Just because we’re waiting for the arrival of another feature-length entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn’t mean there’s not plenty of new Marvel stories to tell from Disney. This week marks the arrival of Loki, the new limited series on Disney+ that brings back everyone’s favorite God of Mischief (I won’t tell you his name, but I encourage you to look at the show’s title for a hint).

And the Disneyland Resort is getting in on the fun, with a new meet-and-greet opportunity with Loki and his newest frenemies.

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Behind the Attraction

Since Disney+ was unveiled more than 18 months ago, the service has offered everything from new Marvel and Star Wars shows to old shows and films that harken back to viewers’ collective childhoods. But there’s been a pretty big gap in Disney+ from the start, and that would be programming focused on the Disney theme parks.

That gap is being filled now with Behind the Attraction, a 10-episode series produced by none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

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Charles Tait joined Weta Digital in 2000 as a Senior Compositor on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. In 2004, he was promoted to Compositing Supervisor and spent a year designing the look of King Kong’s rampage through New York in King Kong. Now, he has over 50 credits to his name, including AvatarRise of the Planet of the ApesThe Adventures of Tintin (during which he became Head of Compositing), and Prometheus. Charles transitioned into a Visual Effects Supervisor role on The Hobbit trilogy and worked on Deadpool, Avengers: Infinity WarAlita: Battle Angel, Game of Thrones, and, most recently, Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

I recently had the chance to speak to Charlie about Weta Digital’s work on the Disney+ series and how they brought Sam Wilson’s high-flying action scenes to life.

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movies coming to disney and Hulu may 2021

April is slowly drawing to a close, which means it’ll soon be May! The weather will be getting warmer, summer will be bearing down on us, and Disney+ and Hulu will have a whole bunch of new stuff for you to watch, if you subscribe to either of them. So let’s check out the Best TV Shows and Movies Coming to Disney+ and Hulu in May 2021, shall we?

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Blue Sky Studios

Blue Sky Studios, the former Fox animation division that created the Ice Age franchise as well as RobotsThe Peanuts Movie, and the recent Spies in Disguise, is no more. Now that Disney owns Fox, and by extension Blue Sky, the House of Mouse has decided to shutter the animation studio this April. Disney cites “current economic realities” behind the decision. As a result, the upcoming Blue Sky animated film Nimona has been canceled.

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As teased in an end-credit sequence following the season 2 finale of The Mandalorian, Boba Fett’s journey will continue in The Book of Boba Fett, a new Disney+ Original Series produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, and Robert Rodriguez. Set within the timeline of The Mandalorian and starring Temuera Morrison as the titular bounty hunter, along with Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand, The Book of Boba Fett is currently in production and will arrive December 2021 on Disney+.

As a massive Boba Fett fan, this is a total dream come true. While the official announcement states the series is set during the events of The Mandalorian, the title suggests the show may have some anthology elements, like Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars Tales or those classic books of the Expanded Universe era like Tales From Jabba’s Palace and Tales of the Bounty Hunters.

If the show utilizes a framing technique that has Boba reminiscing on his life and career as the galaxy’s most notorious bounty hunter, we may get to see some fabled moments from the character’s past that will disintegrate (in a good way) the hearts and minds of diehard Fett fans everywhere. Here are some people, places, and things that really, really should appear in the upcoming series.

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new star wars shows

Update: A whole bunch of new Star Wars shows and movies were introduced during the presentation. We have included the relevant details below!

Today is Disney’s big Investor Day call, where the House of Mouse is announcing their big plans for the future. All eyes are on Disney+ as the future of the theatrical landscape remains up in the air. Right out of the gate, the studio revealed that over the next few years, approximately 10 Marvel series, 10 Star Wars series, 15 Disney live-action, Disney Animation and Pixar series, and 15 new Disney live-action, Disney Animation, and Pixar features will all be headed directly to the streaming service.

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Disney+ Watch Party

Since everyone is still stuck inside (well, not everyone, but you know what I mean), watch parties have become popular. Netflix and Amazon Prime Video both offer the option, which allows viewers to invite multiple participants to stream an available title together. Streaming service Disney+ doesn’t have an option for this – but that might be about to change.

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Theme Park Industry Guidelines

As the push to reopen intensifies, the theme park industry has released a set of guidelines to deal with the future post-coronavirus world. On top of this, Florida is about to implement a full “Phase 1” reopening, and is encouraging theme parks in the Sunshine State to submit reopening plans for approval.

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Disney Theatrical Movies

With movie theaters shut down for the time being, and so many movie release dates delayed, moviegoers are wondering if more and more titles will go directly to digital or streaming. Disney made this decision recently with one of their upcoming movies, Artemis Fowl, which is headed right to Disney+. Could that mean additional Disney theatrical titles will go straight there as well? According to Bob Iger, yes – but don’t expect that from huge tentpole movies like Black Widow or Mulan.

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