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Star Wars: The Bad Batch Gets an Official Trailer

Check out the brand-new trailer for Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Bad Batch, an original animated series launching exclusively on Disney+.

Star Wars: The Bad Batch makes its debut on Tuesday, May 4, with a special 70-minute premiere, followed by new episodes every Friday starting on May 7. Star Wars: The Bad Batch follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in The Clone Wars) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch—a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army—each possess a singular exceptional skill that makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi Cast Revealed

Production for Obi-Wan Kenobi begins soon and Star Wars and Disney has revealed the cast for the series.

Ewan McGregor returns in the title role and will be joined by Hayden Christensen who will reprise his role as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. Joining them are Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell, and Benny Safdie.

Joel Edgerton will likely be returning for his role as Owen Lars which he played in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. He’ll be joined by Bonnie Piesse who played Beru in both those films as well.

Obi-Wan Kenobi will air on Disney+.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Black Widow is Coming to theaters AND Disney+ on July 9

Black Widow

After a lot of delays, Black Widow will finally be coming to theaters… and Disney+. Marvel Studios has revealed the film will be available through Disney+ through its Premier Access program starting July 9. Generally, Disney+ Premier Access has cost $29.99 and allows you to view the film as often as you’d like while you keep the Disney+ service.

In March 2020, it was announced that Black Widow would be delayed due to COVID. It was set to be released on May 1 2020. It then was pushed to November 6, 2020. It’s the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe‘s Phase 4.

In Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger. The movie is directed by Cate Shortland, produced by Kevin Feige, and stars Scarlett Johansson reprising her role as Natasha Romanoff. Florence Pugh stars as Yelena Belova, David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov aka Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff.

Also announced, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has received a new release date, now arriving on September 3, 2021. Simu Liu stars as Shang-Chi, who must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization. The film’s cast also includes Tony Leung as Wenwu, Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy, and Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan. Additionally, Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu, and Ronny Chieng appear in the upcoming movie, which is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was to be released on February 12, 2021, and then was pushed to May 7, 2021.

Echo in Development to Spin out of Hawkeye

It shouldn’t be a surprise but the character Echo is reportedly getting a spinoff television series. The character will debut in the upcoming Hawkeye series which will air on Disney+. Echo will be played by Alaqua Cox. Etan Cohen and Emily Cohen are attached to write and executive produce the show.

Echo in comics is Maya Lopez a deaf Native American character who has the ability to perfectly copy another person’s movements. That can include fighting styles that makes her a formidable opponent. The character has orbited other heroes like Daredevil (who has had a television series) and Moon Knight (who will have an upcoming series). Echo also was the first person to hold the title of Ronin, the identity Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, sported in Avengers: Endgame.

The character was created by David Mack and Joe Quesada and debuted as Echo in Daredevil #9 in 1999 and debuted as Ronin in The New Avengers #11 in November 2005.

Echo

(via Variety)

TV Review: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier S1E1 New World Order

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Spinning out of Avengers: Endgame, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier picks up on a world out of order. The blip has been reversed and the ramifications can continue to be felt. This is what the first episode, “New World Order” reminds us. The world is not normal.

We’re reminded by that through the experiences of Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes who are reminded again and again that their lives and futures are anything but normal. They are hounded and haunted by their pasts and their legacy. As much as they want to go about their lives, their reality is now anything but conventional.

And that’s the strength of “New World Order” and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The series grounds itself in its debut. While it opens with an over-the-top action sequence, the episodes’ heart and vigor is its focus on these two as average people.

Sam Wilson (played by Anthony Mackie) was a soldier thrown into the world of superheroics. The series fleshes out his world introducing us to his family as he returns home to deal with their failing fishing business and house that’s soon to be lost to the bank. We’re given a start reminder that Wilson does what he does out of duty, not for the paycheck or riches. He’s an average person who has stepped up to serve and defend. He represents what we can and probably should be.

Adepero Oduye plays Wilson’s sister Sarah Wilson. She shows a strength and grounded reality delivering a perfect counter to Wilson. Sarah is more grounded in reality tending to the family’s world after the loss of their parents. Sarah drags Sam out of the sky and back into reality as he visits his family to figure out what they should do. Under a mountain of debt, the Wilson’s are a reminder that even the best of us aren’t rewarded and those with good in their hearts have the deck stacked against them.

The other side of the coin is Sebastian Stan‘s Bucky Barnes, aka Winter Soldier. He’s also a former soldier who stepped up when duty called. Unlike Sam, Bucky isn’t haunted by responsibility so much as his past actions. As the Winter Soldier, he was brainwashed and committed atrocious acts that haunt him. He’s a soldier suffering from PTSD, the trauma from his actions and crimes he’s attempting to move past. He’s also a man out of time like Captain America. At over 100 years old, he’s disconnected a bit from our world, confused by how things are and the current society. At the same time, he literally has one arm in the modern world, always having a reminder of who he was and is and how much of an anachronism he is.

Sam and Bucky together embody aspects of Captain America. A man who saw only a duty to serve during World War II and later became stuck out of time. In the end he saught piece having served. Captain America’s legacy in ways haunt both Sam and Bucky. And that’s what the series is about, who will pick up the mantle in multiple ways.

But, it’s also where the debut episode fails. It’s not a complete story. “New World Order” is a setup of the series where you have to watch further, it’s a piece of the puzzle. That’s how some episodic entertainment is, while others can deliver both the meta/ongoing story while also serving individual slices to enjoy.

The episode is a solid debut and enjoyable but it doesn’t feel totally complete. It also foreshadows things a bit too much.

The series shows a lot of potential and interest in diving into what it means to be a hero as well as the price it pays to be one. That has a lot of promise and would seem to continue some of the themes of the other recent Marvel Studios’ show WandaVision.

For fans who love these characters or have bought into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the debut feels like slipping into something comfortable to hug you. It builds off of the films to continue the adventures. For those unfamiliar and new to the world, you might want to wait to binge the series to get a more complete experience. As is, the debut feels a bit more of a teaser than a complete story.

Overall Rating: 7.75

WandaVision: Marvel Magical Refugee Girl Origin Stories

Traumatized people processing loss by watching TV sure do connect with a TV show in which a traumatized person processes loss via the medium of television. Disney+‘s newest Marvel television show is a timely hit. I’m joined by three fascinating guests for a nuanced and necessary conversation.

“When someone tells a Black woman she’s not supposed to be there it goes from being uncomfortable to being dangerous” – comics critic Niki J.

Occasional voice actress and constant Marvel fan, Niki J posts about comics and queer issues at @blackloislane on Twitter. In her free time she’s helped organize panels for Geeks OUT’s annual queer comics celebration, Flame Con.

“This was my entire childhood flashing before me”– Asya Pikovsky is a communications consultant for grassroots and worker advocacy organizations. When she was four, she immigrated to the US with her family as Jewish refugees from the former Soviet Union. She also compares Wanda to the FBI… 

Diana Hussein is a Detroit-based Communications Specialist for the hospitality workers’ labor union, UNITE HERE. She’s one of my favorite union voices on Twitter: https://twitter.com/heyadiana. and has a lot to say about the MCU and Arab American fandom.

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