August 18, 2015
We got arguably more excited than at Comic Con. Here’s what you won’t wanna miss – everything from Star Wars, Marvel movies, theme parks and Disney Infinity:
1. An exclusive first footage from Captain America: Civil War
There’s a clash of ideologies and a tense face off between Cap and Iron Man, divided by their views on the Superhero Registration Act, but what’s less expected is that Hawkeye and Black Widow may no longer friends. In a key moment of a fight scene, Black Widow asks “Are we still friends?”, while Hawkeye responds with a “Depends on how hard you hit me”. Dramatic stuff. There’s also a first glimpse of Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) makes an appearance as well, though we didn’t manage to see Spider-Man (Tom Holland). Really, does the movie have to come out in 2016? We can’t wait.
2. Colin Trevorrow to direct Star Wars: Episode IX
Fresh from helming Jurassic World, and now, the director is about to add another beloved franchise to his IMDB landing page. Here’s what he has to say, because we can’t put it across better: “This is not a job or an assignment. It is a seat at a campfire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, filmmakers, artists and craftspeople. We’ve been charged with telling new stories for a younger generation because they deserve what we all had—a mythology to call their own. We will do this by channeling something George Lucas instilled in all of us: boundless creativity, pure invention and hope.” The final part of the trilogy will be out in 2019.
3. Cast and Crew of Star Wars: Rogue One announced
The standalone series has begun principal photography, with a cast that includes Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen, of IP Man fame, and the movie follows the story of resistance fighters who infiltrate the Death Star in order to steal plans from the menacing stronghold. Out Dec 2016.
4. Woody, Buzz and Bo Peep in Toy Story 4
It’s not over, not at all. We get reunited with Buzz and Woody, and the story will centre around the pair searching for the missing Bo Peep, Woody’s much-hinted-at love interest. Pixar’s John Lasseter is on the director’s chair, and he says, “I’ve been very inspired by my wife Nancy‘s story in her life before I met her… It’s an incredible story, and it’s been sort of a bit of an inspiration for this.” We expect sweet, tear-jerker moments. Out June 2017.
5. More on the live-action remake of The Jungle Book
A poster and footage of The Jungle Book was revealed at the expo. That’s all the “bare” neccessities we got, but the crowd got mighty excited at Bill Murray’s turn as Baloo the Bear. The big names in the film includes Ben Kingsley as panther Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as Mowgli’s wolf mother, Idris Elba as the tiger Shere Khan, Christopher Walken as King Louie, while Scarlett Johansson plays the python Kaa. Mowgli is played by actor Neel Sethi. Opens April 2016.
6. Orlando Bloom will return for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
He will join Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush, and while we’re not exactly sure how big his character, Will Turner, will be, it’s bound to be a nice throwback in one of Disney’s ongoing franchises.
7. Could-Have-Beens from the Pixar Secrets Revealed! Panel
We learnt that Woody was meant to be a jerk, that the badass Dean Hardscrabble of Monster’s University might have been male, and that Brave was supposed to be set in the harsh winter. Oh, and that the Pixar Theory isn’t real. Right. Disney’s blog also reveals an alternative version of Wall-E, this time called Trash Planet, where the little robot encounters a bunch of blob-like humans.
8. Two Star Wars-themed Lands, Toy Story Land; and an Iron Man Experience in HK Disneyland
There’ll be one each in Disneyland and Disney World, at California and Florida respectively, and instead of Tattoine or Naboo, they will be set in a town that’s on the outer rim of the Star Wars galaxy, something we’ve not visited yet. We get two rides as well – one that promises to put you in the midst of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance, while you’ll be flying the Millennium Falcon in the second one. As for Toy Story Land, the expansion at Hollywood Studios will see a family-friendly roller coaster with Slink-shaped vehicles, there’s a giant ‘The Claw’, while they promise a “park that took you behind the scenes, to putting you in them”. Lastly, “Iron Man Experience” is to debut pretty near our shores at Hong Kong Disneyland, and will be a simulation ride that puts you in the Iron Wing to battle Hydra’s robot killers.
9. Marvel at Disney Infinity 3.0, and the debut of Star Wars figures
Instead of just within the Toy Box mode, there’ll be a whole world dedicated to Marvel, with the Marvel Battlegrounds play set, out Spring 2016. For the first time, you get to play with four characters as well. Plus, we finally get to see how the Star Wars: The Force Awakens figures look like, and are promised a play set for that as well. There’s also a new feature – limited edition Light FX Star Wars character like Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker, Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi will have Lightsabers that light up when placed onto the Disney Infinity Base.
More info at d23.com.