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the new disney announcements

…Or that’s how it felt? Like my first thoughts weren’t “Wow a load of new toys!” but “How the hell am I meant to find time to watch THAT MUCH STUFF, especially if I want to keep up with the basic MCU story?” I’m getting old.

That being said…

  • Marvel’s What If looks pretty good. It’ll be nice to see Yondu again.
  • The I Am Groot shorts and the GOTG Holiday Special excite me, but since the Special is coming out in 2022 I guess that’s confirmation we won’t see GOTG 3 until 2023 at least. Also, how on Earth are they going to do it without Gamora, who is still AWOL in-canon? :/
  • I guess the third MCU Spider-Man really will be a multiverse and I don’t know how to feel about that.
  • Fantastic Four? In this economy?
  • omg Xochitl Gomez (Dawn from The Babysitters Club) is playing America Chavez! I’m super unfamiliar with the character but she’s such a good young actress, I’m so happy for her!
  • Oh a Buzz Lightyear thing! I guess that means Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (I used to love that show as a kid) isn’t canon anymore? That’s a shame. I am pettily delighted that Chris Evans has basically taken over from all-round asshole Tim Allen though.
  • Honestly the news that T’Challa won’t be recast is kind of really saddening, to me at least. That means he as a character is dead in-universe, after cheating death a couple of times already. He was a great character even without the superheroics and now he’s just gone. I get it but man, how absolutely crushing.
  • Oh wow a Tiana/Princess and the Frog show! Wow finally Disney are paying attention to her. It only took what, ten years after the movie?
  • Obviously Hayden Christensen back as Anakin is the big exciting news!! for me, but the other Star Wars stuff looks good too. It’ll be nice to have a Lando show. (I was kind of hoping it’d be Old Lando looking for his daughter rather than Young Lando though.)
  • I wonder if they can sneak Hayden into the new Ahsoka show as well.

Note that all these announcements happened around 1am my time.

Unexpected Gamora

I decided to screencap Wreck-It Ralph 2 and I realised one of the little avatars walking around is Gamora!

There she is in the middle! And that’s Darth Maul poking his head out at the bottom and Iron Man is in the crowd too.

Though that does rather raise the question, since the little square people are meant to be “real” internet users in the movie, why are all these characters who are also presumably fictional in Ralph’s world walking around using the internet? Unless in the terms of this movie all Disney IPs are in fact real characters/people who just happen to live on the Internet? (See: the princesses.) But in that case why are Gamora, Maul etc square avatar thingys instead of looking how they do in their respective movies?

(My head hurts.)

Live-Action Remake of Disney’s “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” Reportedly in Development — WDW News Today

Fans of the cult-classic Atlantis: The Lost Empire film from 2001 will be ecstatic to hear that soon, we may be getting even more Milo Thatch and Kida action… live-action, that is. A live-action adaptation of Atlantis has been in talks for years, but recent reports state that Disney may finally be seeing potential in…

Live-Action Remake of Disney’s “Atlantis: The Lost Empire” Reportedly in Development — WDW News Today

OH MY GOSH YES, IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME

Disney+ Developing ‘Robin Hood’ Remake; ‘Blindspotting’s Carlos Lopez Estrada To Direct — Deadline

Disney+ is in the early development stage of a live-action/CG hybrid remake to the 1976 animated classic Robin Hood. The studio is bringing back Kari Granlund, who penned the Lady and the Tramp remake, to write the screenplay for Blindspotting helmer Carlos Lopez Estrada to direct. Justin Springer, who produced the recent Dumbo remake, is producing […]

Disney+ Developing ‘Robin Hood’ Remake; ‘Blindspotting’s Carlos Lopez Estrada To Direct — Deadline

“Live-action/CG hybrid”

DID WE LEARN NOTHING.

Disney Reveals Its First Ever Animated LGBTQ Character with Lena Waithe Voicing Role in Onward — PEOPLE.com

Lena Waithe voices Officer Specter, the first self-identified lesbian character into the Disney-Pixar universe

Disney Reveals Its First Ever Animated LGBTQ Character with Lena Waithe Voicing Role in Onward — PEOPLE.com

This is good. I think this is good? I keep hearing different things on Twitter. Well done Disney, although man it’s taken so long

appreciation post: Mena Massoud’s Aladdin

I loved the new Aladdin film an embarassing amount. I thought it was wonderful. So it was somewhat disheartening to learn that Mena Massoud hasn’t had an audition since, and even more disheartening to see that Billy Magnussen’s white prince character on the other hand is getting his own spin-off for no reason. Oh god Disney, the optics of that, what the heck?

But anyway, an awful lot of the reaction to all this seems to be “So? He wasn’t any good anyway” and that baffles me because he was! He was charming, funny, could sing well, could dance well… he felt like the animated Aladdin come to life, and I can’t be the only person that felt that way, surely?

Massoud was fantastic and thoroughly deserved to win the role, so I hope things get better for him from now on. In the meantime, enjoy these gifs, which I hope adequately display the dude’s range.

(Also? Robert Pattinson was in Twilight for god’s sake. Now he’s Batman. Just sayin’.)