Edward C. Baig USA TODAY Published 7:21 PM EST Nov 8, 2018 Disney's new streaming service, called Disney+, will be launching late 2019. And the entertainment company is banking on Loki, Cassian Andor, and other characters in its vast portfolio to lure fans away from streaming champ and soon-to-be rival Netflix. Disney CEO Bob Iger spilled the beans Thursday during an earnings call with investors. The new direct-to-consumer streaming service will be built around Disney’s venerable namesake studio, along with Pixar, Marvel, the Star Wars franchise and also National Geographic. What’s more, through the recent $71.3-billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox, Disney will also control 60 percent of Hulu and use Fox assets to add to its content lineup. While it is still too early to determine what Disney might charge would-be subscribers, some of the content that will be made available on Disney+ is beginning to take shape. There will be a new … [Read more...] about Star Wars and Marvel characters to drive new Disney+ Netflix rival
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Fall Movie Preview 2018: Even without the two biggest movie franchises, the final four months of 2018 will be very busy for theaters Jeremy Fuster, provided by Published 2:30 pm PDT, Monday, September 3, 2018 Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Can Fall Box Office Break Records Despite Lack of New ‘Star Wars’ and Marvel Movies? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery For the first time since 2014, there will not be an installment of “Star Wars” or the Marvel Cinematic Universe released in the final four months of the year. Nonetheless, analysts project that this year’s box office is on track to finish ahead of last year’s $11.1 billion domestic total — and there’s even a shot at besting 2016’s record $11.3 billion haul. Read the full article on The Wrap … [Read more...] about Can Fall Box Office Break Records Despite Lack of New ‘Star Wars’ and Marvel Movies?
click image Image via Disney Parks Blog An artist rendering of the upcoming Ant-Man ride slated for Hong Kong Disneyland It’s been clear for some time that Disney is going all in with Marvel in the theme parks. At this point, every single Disney Parks resort in the world has some type of Marvel presence either already open or under construction. But the one that we still know the least about is Anaheim, where Disney California Adventure is slated to get a huge Marvel land. The Marvel presence in the park actually began with the Guardians of the Galaxy redo of Tower of Terror last year. When the new "Guardians of the Galaxy– Mission: Breakout" ride opened in early 2017, a small hatch was spotted in some bushes near the drop ride. In the center of the hatch was the Avengers logo fueling rumors of the plans to bring the superhero team to the park. By March of this year, the plans for most of the international parks was clear with major new Marvel-themed lands … [Read more...] about With Star Wars and Toy Story Land wrapping up, the focus at Disney is now fully on Marvel
Attack of the Fandom. Kaitlyn Flannigan/Observer For entertainment reporters, sharing opinions is a job. But when you do that with Star Wars films, someone may call you the c-word.Following the release of The Last Jedi in 2017, Vanity Fair‘s Joanna Robinson wrote a review.“One thing … that got a lot of negative feedback was my exploration of mansplaining,” Robinson told me. “What Laura Dern and Carrie Fisher’s characters had to deal with.”You know, normal entertainment reporter stuff.“And I got called cunt, bitch and told to kill myself because of that… It sounds cynical, but I’m kind of used to it at this point. But if you do take a step back, it’s crazy that Star Wars fans have told me to kill myself. Repeatedly.”Something is deeply broken among the Star Wars faithful. Respectable discourse has deterioriated completely as a small but determined minority of “fans” turn to the Dark … [Read more...] about Racism, Death Threats & Misogyny: How Star Wars Fans Turned to the Dark Side
Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Wong (Benedict Wong), in Avengers: Infinity War. Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios Author’s Note: This is my first piece here for Observer and I’m delighted this is going to be my new regular home. For those unaware, I tend to write long, multi-component essays that frequently go beyond the scope of a movie itself, in order to have larger discussions about storytelling and dramatic function. I do this for many reasons, but really it all comes down to the following: I do not think the job of criticism is to simply tell you what my thoughts are, I think the job of criticism to help you make sense of your own.* * * State of Love & Thrust We do not give the Marvel movies enough credit for being weird as hell. Not just in terms of the clashing maelstrom of contradictory subject matter, but the fact they have actually come to operate against the grain of most of the established … [Read more...] about ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and Marvel’s Endless Endgame