There’s been leaked footage before but this official trailer for The Mandalorian looks all kind of great. Set in my favourite time period of the original trilogy and looking at this footage it very much seems to be that grimy beaten up world that I enjoy in the SW Universe. No idea when we’re getting it in UK but it can’t come soon enough.
So at D23 we have the full slate of shows coming to Disney+ Over the next two years. The new additions are Ms Marvel, Moon Knight and She-Hulk. Moon Knight is a pretty dark character (darker than Batman) so it’s going to be interesting to see how this one gets pitched. She-Hulk and Ms Marvel are both important characters to introduce so also looking forward to them.
My standouts are Falcon and Winter Soldier and WanderVision.
Disney+ cant launch soon enough.
Roll on movie announcements (keeps fingers crossed for Fantastic Four).
As a lifelong Star Wars fan this is a question I’ve been asking myself a lot. This is especially important when I’d be travelling from the UK and be spending over £4000 to take a trip. I’ve been doing a lot of research and I can’t make up my mind, it’s a massive expense and from all the information I’ve read it might not be worth it, even for me.
Lack of legacy characters
You’ll see Chewbacca but there is nothing of the legacy characters to be seen. Growing up in the 80’s I’m a huge fan of the original trilogy and would have loved to see this being embraced a little more. I’d have loved to seen R2 or 3PO wandering around or some of the classic vehicles but alas it’s all based on the sequel trilogy. Don’t get me wrong I like the new films but in my experience kids are more into Marvel than Star Wars these days so a focus on the older fan base would have been nice.
Lack of activities for kids
One thing I’ve been keeping an eye on is what is there for a kids who are 10 or less. Aside from the Millennium Falcon ride and the droid workshops there doesn’t appear to be anything.
Money, money, money
Now I’m budgeting I’ve realised how much it’s going to cost. The park seems to be paid experiences or shops to buy merchandise with a ride to enjoy. I’m quite happy to get my own lightsaber built but at $200 with everything else there I’m rethinking. I’ve also read a few reports that the prices of merchandise in the shops are being put up, I’m talking $5-$25 per item in some cases.
Remember to book
It looks like even the cantina needs to be booked, maybe it’ll get better over time but you need to make sure you plan beforehand. Getting a lightsaber built can be booked 6 months in advance so make sure you know what you want to do and get it all booked in.
Waiting it out
I think I’ve come to the conclusion I’m going to wait this one out. For me I’d be paying all this money to see the Millennium Falcon, my favourite ship in any movie franchise. I grew up fantasising what it would look like in real life whilst playing with Kenner version. Taking a step back and seeing that there not much there aside from paid experiences and shops I’m going to have to calm the kid inside me down and be a budget conscious adult about it. There’s another ride opening later this year, maybe lightsaber and droid building will come down in price a little and there’ll be more activities for kids. I’m going assess again at the end of the year.
Looking forward to watching this again. It’s now available on iTunes.
Wow this is a hard one to share my thoughts on without spoiling anything but I’ll do my best to summarise my thoughts on the first MCU movie since end game and one that had a lot to live up to based on how much I enjoyed homecoming. It also signals the end of the MCU Phase 3.
So the film picks up after End Game and is focussed around Peter and MJ primarily and their journey across Europe with their class on a trip. It’s picking up with the events from End Game (no spoilers remember, man this is hard), and Peter picking up more responsibility, which isn’t exactly what he has in mind right now. This film manages to combine the heaviness of the MCU at this point in time, the humour you loved from homecoming and relationships with his family and friends (I loved Happy Hogan) to make it one of my favourite MCU movies to date (maybe I’ll do an MCU ranked post??).
Initially I didn’t think it could beat homecoming but the more I’ve digested it (no second viewing completed just yet) the more I think I prefer it. It’s got a lot of stuff in there for the Marvel fans (and more specifically Spider-Man, like me!) and it’s also a really good summer blockbuster.
I’m very happy with how this film turned out and looking forward to ComicCon for hopefully the upcoming Phase 4 line up.
I try to surround myself with stuff I love, particularly in my home office. I don’t have loads of space in there but like to get collectibles that give me some joy to own and look at. After watching Endgame I really wanted a poster to hang up. After browsing around I came up with the solution to just do it myself.
I picked up these two items and it gave me exactly what I was looking for.
This’ll obviously work for any A2 poster, I’m thinking about Infinity War for my next one.
One of my favourite films of 2018 is now available in iTunes in the UK.
This is maybe my favourite Spider-Man film of all time and I’m really looking forward to seeing what it looks like in 4K HDR given the visual style of it. This is a must watch for any comic book fan.
With End Game only a couple of months away I’m starting to think more and more about new characters we could see to move the MCU forward for the next 10 years. With the likely loss of Captain America and/or Tony Stark we need new figure heads that can lead the Avengers going forward. I do believe that Spider-Man could be being groomed into this but with Sony holding the license I think this would be dangerous.
This is complete speculation but with Disney purchasing Fox they own the movie rights to one of my favourite comic book properties – The Fantastic Four.
There are a couple of things that lead me to believe that we could see their introduction in a post credit scene in End Game.
Tony sold Avengers tower
As part of Spider-Man homecoming we know that the Avengers tower has been sold off. Maybe it’s been planned that it would become the Baxter Building, the home of The Fantastic Four.
In the Spider-Man Far From Trailer we see it in the background in a state of reconstruction. Is this from the result of End Game or being done for it’s new residents?
Disney own the rights
It would be crazy not to introduce them as soon as possible after the deal was looking done. They are their bread and butter and although we have seen various movies we haven’t seen them done right. Having them introduced now means that they can be slotted in the next phase and have them leading whatever Avengers turns into next after End Game.
Whatever happens the Avengers are going to need a group of leaders and with the potential loss of Tony and Cap we need some strong characters leading at the front. I do believe this could be Spider-Man but as I’ve said from a business perspective I don’t think it’s the smartest thing to do with Disney not owning the movie rights.
What do you think?
The Mandalorian Disney+ series has announced Ludwig Göransson as its composer, if you’re not familiar with his work check out the soundtrack for Black Panther.
I love this image of the Thanos armour in the new trailer. As per the comic books he looks to have become a farmer and stopped his desire for power. The comic plays a bit different to the movies where he loses the gauntlet after the snap thanks to his arrogance then retires to a plant for the simpler life having failed.
Given he has retired I’m thinking he’s done fighting but the Avengers will still need to get the gauntlet to reverse the snap. The question is will be put up a fight? With the reintroduction of Ant-Man and the quantum realm they might not even need him if they can mess with time.
It’s very interesting thinking that Thanos might not even have a big part to play, I don’t think he will.
I think it’ll be more of a time travelling adventure to stop the stones in the first place.