It’s D23 time, dudes. And for someone as obsessed with Disney as I am. That’s kind of a big deal. In the last couple of years, this event just keeps growing and growing (just like the company itself). What used to be a cool place for hardcore fans to show off their obscure Disney cosplay is now as big, if not bigger than, Comic-Con on the news front. With Disney controlling so many big IPs, it’s almost impossible for it not to. I mean… look at what just happened. This is going to be a relatively long post of me freaking out about several topics that are very exciting and it’s DAY ONE. There’s still two more days left of this con. And this isn’t even the big day. (Can’t wait for tomorrow.)
So, strap in. I’m going to just go topic by topic and throw out some opinions. Sorry if it’s just me freaking out about how excited I am. I’m going to try to add more than that. Otherwise, please just humor me a bit. I’m a big fan and I gotta express my interest somewhere. My friends and family can only take so much…
We got our first information about the Disney Parks’ MCU lands and I’m so in. It’s called Avengers Campus. In it, you’re welcomed into the Avengers base as they try to train and recruit new superheroes. It’s apparently going to be very interactive, like Galaxy’s Edge. You’re basically going to be walking into the movies and becoming a character on your own. That sounds like a dream come true for me. Also, there’s going to be a Spider-Man ride, which is dope. (And another reason I think they have to work out those movie rights deals, right? I mean… it’ll probably happen this weekend. I hope.) And, the rides will all acknowledge each other like the MCU does. They will know that the other attractions are happening. Not just in that park either, but worldwide. EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED. Just like Kevin Feige has been telling us for years. So freaking cool. Now if only we could get one in Orlando, instead of just California and France. I really hate all of these pesky rights issues…
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
Speaking of Galaxy’s Edge and interactive experiences, apparently that’s exactly what the Orlando Star Wars hotel is going to be. From what I’ve read, when you stay here I guess you’re signing up to be part of a two day “experience” that has you interacting with Star Wars characters and playing a part in their story. So, is this like a normal Disney hotel with interactive elements? Or, like, is this something completely different? Like, when you stay here, do you still go to the parks? Or is this almost like a ride you stay at and sleep in for two days? Because that would be awesome! I’m just not sure the average family would be down for that. Plus, you’d have to expand your vacation by another two days. Or just cut out Universal Studios completely and… Wait a minute. I think Disney is doing this on purpose. *Gasp* All jokes aside, I’m very down to do this even if it means I have to go at it alone because no one else will be willing to pay for such a niche experience.
Journey of Water
For the last Disney Parks thing of the day, Disney is building a new Moana attraction. It’s going to be a walkthrough attraction with interactive water elements. I don’t have a whole lot to say about this except for: I’m glad Moana is getting some love in the parks. It was a fantastic movie and deserves it. Though I still argue that it should’ve been a giant water roller coaster where you’re trying to return the heart of Te Fiti with Maui while dodging her attacks in lava form, until the Splash Mountin-esque ending where you splash down and then pass a giant animatronic of her in grass form being all friendly. Just saying. Give me a call, Disney. I’m always open. Will work for annual passes.
Lady and the Tramp
Now, onto Disney+ stuff, which there was a ton of.
I don’t know about this one. I’m interested in seeing how it works with real dogs instead of CG. But, also, they’re adding CG to their faces to make them more expressive. I guess that was a common clompaint for The Lion King. But, I thought that movie was wonderful and I think making them more cartoony would’ve been a mistake. I guess we’ll see here though. This is a day one launch for Disney+ so I’m sure it’ll be the first thing I watch just from pure curiosity. As big of a Disney fan as I am, I never really got into Lady and the Tramp. It’s good. It just doesn’t stand out a lot for me personally so I don’t feel like I have a lot to lose or gain either way here.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
Out of all the non-Star Wars or Marvel shows coming to Disney+, this is the most appealing to me. I freaking love Jeff Goldblum. I think he is the most fascinating person on the planet. When he did press tours for Jurassic World 2 and Thor 3, I think I watched every viral YouTube piece of promotion he did. The dude just has this vibe to him. He’s both pretentious and incredibly humble. He’s sarcastic and intimate at the same time. He’s incredibly intelligent while still keeping his childlike wonder. All of those things make him the perfect person to follow around as he discovers things that interest him. That sounds like the ideal reality show to me and I will for sure be binge watching it.
One Day at Disney
There’s something you should know about me. I have this fantasy about throwing everything to the wind and moving down to Orlando to work for the Disney company. I just feel an urge to help continue Walt’s legacy and make people happy every day. This documentary might make actually go through with it. Showing people live my dream job. Yeah. I’m for sure watching that.
Bill Hader is playing Santa who doesn’t want to be Santa. I’m in. Next topic.
The Muppets are back! We don’t have to live in a Muppetless world anymore! It’s been too long. Honestly though, I’m glad that Disney is giving the Muppets some more love. With the last movie not doing so hot, the show getting cancelled and the ride soon to be closed (rumor states), I’m glad they’re making at least a little bit of a comeback. I think this should be one of the biggest IPs the Disney Company has and it’s very unfortunate they haven’t lived up to that so far. Also, hopefully the “now” part of their name means they’ll be doing something like a late night talk show. I’ve always thought that was a really good idea. And Disney+ would be the perfect home for it.
Hey look. More Star Wars stuff. Who would’ve thunk it?
I’ve wanted something like The Mandalorian for a long time. The Star Wars galaxy is so big, I never understood why we needed to just concentrate on the war parts. I always thought Boba Fett would be a really interesting character to follow through the shady parts of the galaxy as well. And, I’ve always wondered why there were no live action Star Wars tv shows. This answers so many of my prayers, it’s like the show was made for just me. Sure. It’s not Boba Fett, but it’s damn close. The trailer makes this look like an old timey space western and a more mature tale in the Star Wars universe. It reminds me a lot of Rogue One, where they weren’t afraid to try something new and let things get dark. I hope this is a sign as to where some of the franchise gets to go in the future. Because in able to stick around, the Star Wars franchise has to diversify itself like this.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
While I was not a fan of every single episode of the Clone Wars, I kinda respect the hell out of this series. It makes the prequels better by expanding upon some of Lucas’s original ideas while also added things like character development. There were a couple of sloppy episodes but when the series was good, it could be really good. I’m excited by the idea of having more good things coming from the prequel era within the next couple of months.
Speaking of great things from the prequels, Ewan McGregor is back as Obi-Wan! Yay! I think he has the best performance in the prequel trilogy so I cannot wait to see more of his character. Plus, it’ll be cool to learn that maybe Obi-Wan wasn’t just sitting around and getting old for those 18 years between Episodes III and IV. I just hope Disney is smart enough to not go so big that it contradicts the original canon. For example, he can’t bump into Darth Vader and, honestly, probably shouldn’t even leave Tatooine.
How about we wrap things up with some Marvel news? Sounds good? Yeah. Let’s do it.
While we already knew WandaVision was a thing, there was one piece of information that was revealed today that I think is awesome. Apparently, the show is very inspired by the Dick Van Dyke Show. Weird, right? Well, I’m just going to assume that Wanda has followed her comic book counterpart and gone mad. She’s probably living in a tv sitcom fabrication in her mind. Vision’s probably still dead. Any kids are probably imaginary. And it’s all probably going to fall apart in the end. Which makes me wonder, is Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness (I love that title) an adaptation of House of M? Because we know that this show is supposed to lead right into that movie. If so, I’m super excited. I love Scarlet Witch as a character because she is so powerful and so broken. House of M and Avengers Disassembled are two of my favorite comic book stories and she’s at the center of that. Screwing up all reality. Making life hell for her former friends. I’d love to see that portrayed on the big screen.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Today we learned that Wyatt Russell will be playing U.S.Agent in this series. Now, I’m not going to pretend to be the biggest U.S.Agent fan. I can take him or leave him as a character. But, I like what he represents for this show. He was essentially the ant-Captain America. Someone the government tried to force into the role but it didn’t work out because he’s an ass. (And not America’s ass at that!) The idea of Steve Rogers having his pick for his Captain America replacement and the government having their own is a pretty good premise to me. I think it’s called Falcon and the Winter Soldier instead of Captain America and the Winter Soldier because I don’t think Sam will quite have full control of the shield until the end of the series. And, while they don’t like each other, I think Bucky will defend Steve’s choice because of the respect he has for his old friend. So, in short, a war over the Captain America legacy between Steve’s friends and the government? Yeah. I’ll be bingeing this ASAP.
I love Kamala Khan. I think she is one of the most interesting characters to be introduced in the past couple of years. The fangirl attitude she has towards being a super hero, mixed with her bizarre super powers, and her unique background make her one of the most unique characters in the Marvel Universe. I actually like her more than I do her role model Captain Marvel. So, I’m super excited to see that she’s getting her own tv show. I hope she shows in the movies some day, but this is a great way to introduce her to general audiences. Plus, you can concentrate more on a lot of the personal issues and side characters that make her comics so entertaining. (Plus, Brie Larson, like, has to make a cameo, right? I mean… come on.)
Moon Knight is another one that’s unique in the Marvel canon, because he is insane. Like, not in a figurative way. He’s actually suffering from multiple personality disorder. As a result, he’s basically a crazier version of Batman. He’s a very effective, very violent vigilante. In that regard, he would’ve fit in perfectly with the Netflix shows. I’m not sure exactly what Disney will have planned for him. But, the Mandalorian doesn’t seem to be pulling any punches so maybe Moon Knight can get away with more than expected. Because, apparently, if people don’t bleed, there is no violence. Either way, I’m just excited to see another unique hero being added to the MCU roster.
Last, but certainly not least, let’s talk about She-Hulk. I feel like a broken record here, but I’m excited because she, like the others, brings such a unique character to the MCU. Depending on the writer, unlike her cousin, She-Hulk does not turn into Hulk when she gets angry. She’s just always big and always green. Also, she’s a lawyer. In one run of the comics, she doesn’t even really fight crime in tights. She just does it in the courtroom. I think that would be a very interesting route for this show to go down. It would be 100% completely different than anything else we have in the super hero genre right now and an interesting creative challenge for Kevin Feige. (Plus, maybe you could throw in another famous Marvel lawyer in a cameo. A certain blind Marvel character. Just saying.)
Overall, I’m very excited by D23 already. The park news all sounds really cool. Disney+ sounds like way too good of a deal to be true. I mean… $7 a month for everything listed above AND every Disney movie/tv show from the past. Come on now! Netflix doesn’t even stand a chance. #NotASpon though I would happily be if Disney wants me to. But, I guess they are getting even free ads from me anyways. Oh well.
I’m sure I’ll have even more to say on the D23 front tomorrow so as Mickey would say “See you real soon.”