Disney owns essentially every franchise on the face of the planet--like it or not--and as such, there's always news from their annual D23 conference that stirs fandoms of every stripe. Whether you're excited about this December's release of The Last Jedi or some of Disney's farther-out releases, D23 brought plenty to get excited about.
More tantalizing TLJ material
I'll start with the film I'm personally most excited about, and that is Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. And boy, did D23 get me even more pumped than I already was. First off, you can't miss the behind-the-scenes video that was released. Take a look:
You might have picked out a couple things that dropped some hints about the upcoming movie (such as that short clip where Rey is fighting several people at once...Knights of Ren, perhaps?), however, there aren't any major spoilers, so far as I can tell, in this video. We still have no mention of Snoke, which is clearly intentional. What is becoming obvious, though, is that this is shaping up to be one of the most riveting Star Wars tales yet. Will it be just a clone of The Empire Strikes Back? I'm starting to think no. In fact, I'm getting kind of a bad feeling about what's going to happen in The Last Jedi.
Regardless, I must commend Lucasfilm on the promotional materials so far for this movie. It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of the teaser poster released a few months ago, but I'm tempted to say that the new posters released at D23 are just as good. You can flip through the slideshow below to see them all:
Literally, these are so breathtakingly gorgeous--I'm in love with them. Speculate all you want about what the red means, I just love looking at them. Of course, my favorite one is Leia, but gosh. They're just beautiful.
Another bit of news along the same lines: Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill were honored as Disney Legends this week. A Disney Legend is described by Wikipedia as a designation that "recognizes individuals who have made an extraordinary and integral contribution to The Walt Disney Company." Well deserved, I'd say.
Of course, I can't neglect the boatload of new info we received on Disney's "Star Wars Land" expansion (now known as Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge), coming to Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida. Before D23, it was already revealed that visitors would be stepping into a never-before-seen Star Wars planet, described as a trading outpost. In Galaxy's Edge, visitors will be able to develop a reputation based on decisions they make while inside the park--in fact, depending on how good of a pilot you are on the upcoming Millennium Falcon ride, you might score some Galactic Credits or get a bounty hunter chasing after you.
The goal of the new expansion is for everything to be completely immersive. For example, vendors in that area of the park will be dressed as actual Star Wars characters, in addition to the famous Star Wars characters you'll be able to meet such as Chewbacca. The expansion will be accompanied by a hotel with employees dressed in Star Wars costumes as well, and it's intended to make guests feel as if they're on a spaceship, as shown by this concept art:
(photo credit: TechCrunch)
If you're curious, here's a full "flyover" of the Galaxy's Edge diorama:
Avengers: Infinity War teased...to D23 attendees
Well, if you physically attended the D23 conference, you apparently got a mind-blowing first look at Marvel's highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War film.
If you didn't, well, you weren't so lucky.
Entertainment Weekly says the footage will never be posted online, leaving us non-D23 Marvel fans mostly in the dark about what went down. The best we're getting right now, despite angry fans demanding Marvel release the footage, are descriptions of the trailer by those who were there.
In a nutshell, the trailer showed a lot of fight scenes from the movie, including one where Thanos reportedly throws an entire planet at the Avengers. We know that most, if not all, of Marvel's supers will be assembling for this film, including the Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange. Now that Thanos has at least two--according to reports, space (blue) and power (purple)--out of the six Infinity Stones, I'm thinking they're going to need everyone they can.
If you're itching to see the film as much as I am, you can see it in theaters on May 4, 2018 (ironically, Star Wars Day...I feel like I'll be so conflicted).
Finally, some beautiful Incredibles 2 art
At long last, the much anticipated sequel to the 2004 film The Incredibles gets some more details. Besides this awesome promotional art released this week, Disney also revealed that the Parr family will be getting a new home (since their last one was destroyed), which will be "one part home, one part superhero lair," according to Slashfilm. Further, director Brad Bird said that the movie will explore the revelation from the first movie that baby Jack Jack has superhero powers like the rest of his family. Elastigirl, a.k.a. Helen Parr, will also be front-and-center for the film because Mr. Incredible is forced to remain at home--but why is unclear.
We'll have to wait and see what happens when The Incredibles 2 is released on the heels of Infinity War, on June 15, 2018.
Comment below: What part of what was revealed at D23 excited you the most?
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