The Most Important Reveals From Disney Investor Day
Let's unpack the biggest reveals.
December 11 was Disney's big Investor Showcase day for 2020, and boy, did the company bring out the big guns! The showcase included content from all of Disney's biggest franchises, including Marvel, Star Wars, and more.
There's too much going on to list absolutely everything, but here are all the biggest reveals from Disney Investor Day 2020.
Ahsoka Tano made her debut in the 2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated film, as the new Padawan assigned to Anakin Skywalker. She continued as one of the main protagonists of the popular Clone Wars animated series that followed, and later appeared as a recurring character in seasons two and four of Star Wars: Rebels. Ahsoka recently made her live-action debut, played by Rosario Dawson, in season two of The Mandalorian.
Over the course of her appearances, Ahsoka Tano has become a firm fan favourite, with many hoping to see the character take another leading role in the franchise following the conclusion of Clone Wars. Now, it seems they are getting their wish. A live-action series, Ahsoka, has been announced for Disney +, with Dawson reprising the role.
The series will be set during the same time period as The Mandalorian, and while the plot is unknown at this stage, some fans have pointed out that the show's logo resembles The World Between Worlds, an important location from the final season of Rebels.
Hayden Christensen will return as Darth Vader in 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' on Disney +
Fans have known for quite some now that Ewan McGregor, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, was set to reprise the role in a new series for Disney +. The Investor Day showcase gave fans their first look at the series logo, but the truly big news was the reveal that Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker in Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith, will return to the role of Anakin/Darth Vader in the series. This has come as welcome news for fans of the prequels.
The series will take place ten years after Revenge Of The Sith, placing the events of this show quite some time before Obi-Wan's final confrontation with Darth Maul in Rebels.
In other Star Wars news came the reveal of another Mandalorian-era series Rangers Of The New Republic, sizzle reals for upcoming series Andor and The Bad Batch, as well as announcements for many more upcoming shows. The next few years are going to be big for Star Wars fans.
'WandaVision' Trailer 2
On the MCU front, we saw, among other things, the second full trailer for WandaVision, starring Paul Bettany as Vision, and Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/The Scarlet Witch. Already set to be one of the MCU's craziest entries yet, the second trailer has raised more questions than answers, particularly regarding who is truly responsible for the strange sitcom like world Wanda and Vision find themselves in. The trailer also gives our first clear look at Teyonah Paris as Monica Rambeau, as well as a brief glimpse of Darcy Lewis in her first MCU appearance since Thor: The Dark World.
One thing's for sure, WandaVision is sure to provide the MCU's phase 4 with an interesting launch when it debuts on January 15.
While the trailers for WandaVision and Falcon & The Winter Soldier were somewhat expected, the Loki trailer came as a welcome surprise, as no-one was sure how much of the series had been filmed after the Covid shutdown. The trailer begins with a return to the Endgame scene in which Loki escapes with the Tesseract, however, he is soon apprehended by an organisation new to the MCU, the TVA, or, Time Variance Authority.
It seems as though Loki attempts to escape the TVA, but whether he is successful is unclear. Some fans believe it is also possible that Loki may join the TVA, in a twist on the 'Agent Loki' story arc from the comics.
It was only recently reported that Samuel L Jackson would be reprising his role as Nick Fury for a series on Disney +. Now, we know the series surprising title: Secret Invasion. As hardcore Marvel fans will know, Secret Invasion is a classic comic story during which, over a significant period of time, Skrulls invaded planet Earth by secretly replacing a number of our most beloved heroes, including, notably, Captain America.
Since the MCU's Skrulls have a slightly more friendly reputation than their comic counterparts, it is unknown exactly how this version of Secret Invasion will unfold. Jackson will star alongside Ben Mendelsohn, reprising the role of Talos from Captain Marvel.
The 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Holiday Special
Perhaps the most unexpected announcement of the day was that of the Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special. The special, which is said to fit into the MCU canon, will be written and directed by James Gunn and star the film's usual cast. It is set to hit Disney + in 2022, and will arrive before the long awaited third film in the series, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3.
According to Gunn, the special will be 'in the spirit' of the cult classic Star Wars Holiday Special, of which the director is a fan.
In other new announcements, Marvel will be bringing us series like Ironheart, Armor Wars, and I Am Groot, a series of animated shorts focused on Baby Groot.
Disney Princesses Tiana and Moana are set to receive their own animated series.
The showcase also included announcements of new animated series set to roll out over the next few years. Among them is Tiana, a series focused on the protagonist of the Princess And The Frog, as well as being Disney's first African-American Princess. Whether the series will be set before or after the film is unknown at this stage. Many are already hoping for a prequel, as Tiana had quite a rich backstory before meeting Prince Naveen.
Also set for the series treatment is Moana, Disney's first Polynesian Princess, introduced in the 2016 film of the same name. Moana: The Series will most likely be a sequel, following Moana and her people as they return to a life exploring on the sea.
Tiana is currently scheduled to hit screens in 2022, while Moana: The Series arrives in 2023.
'Raya And The Last Dragon' will be available with Premier Access on Disney + alongside it's Theatrical release
With the news that Warner Bros intends to release it's entire 2021 movie slate on HBO Max alongside their theatre runs, Disney seems to be following suit. Their upcoming animated film, Raya And The Last Dragon, staring Kelly-Marie Tran as the voice of Raya, will also be available on Disney + with Premier access when it hits theatres on March 5.
With Covid-19 still running rampant in some parts of the world, this is a good move. It allows families who may not otherwise have been able to access the film a chance to see it safely and legally. Raya will likely serve as a test-run. If things go well, Disney may follow the same model with other 2021 releases.
The next few years are going to be huge for Disney, and we can't wait to see everything they throw our way.