The Lenovo Mirage headset is kind of unique in that rather than being used only for VR, it also does augmented reality (AR). The device saw a boost in sales in 2017 thanks to Disney licensing Lenovo with the development of a “Star Wars” AR game, “Jedi Challenges,” that had users wielding the Mirage remote unit like a lightsaber to parry blaster bolts and enemy sabers seen in their headsets.
If the previous Mirage controller could be used to stand for an AR lightsaber in “Star Wars: Jedi Challenges,” then what would the Marvel version do? In a Disney-Lenovo Marvel AR game, the controller could be manipulated in several ways. These means might be replications of several Marvel heroes’ abilities.
To make an example, a Mirage user playing this hypothetical Marvel AR game could wave the controller up and “swing” to emulate Spider-Man web-swinging across buildings. Or he could mimic “throwing” the controller to similarly throw Captain America’s shield or Thor’s Mjolnir. He could then see the effects in his Lenovo Mirage headset AR display.
Both Disney and Lenovo haven’t deigned to give comments on the FCC filing for now. The application does cover either an alternate controller for existing Mirage headsets, or a full Marvel package, both surely with the Marvel game installed. For now, we must wait for further updates on this development.
True, the trailer for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” was the crowning glory of all media previews during Star Wars Celebration. But let’s not forget that there were other reveals that were made for new shows and games in the franchise. Some of these series would be among the first to stream on Disney+.
One of them is the never-expected but now-anticipated seventh season of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” We already had a taste of what’s to come thanks to an initial teaser, months ago. This time the trailer, shown during Star Wars Celebration, has more story substance.
The trailer airs during the first few seconds of this Star Wars Celebration video stream. Here’re some things we observed:
Montage of the (un-helmeted) Clone Troopers doing drills while the discussion between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda in “Episode II: Attack of the Clones” is heard.
Yoda’s refuting Obi-Wan’s praise of the Clones and remarking “Begun the Clone War has” rings as the Jedi hold funerals for the Knights and Padawans they have lost fighting the Separatists.
Foreshadowing of Anakin Skywalker’s fall when a vision of Darth Vader’s helmet forms behind him.
Darth Sidious dual wields lightsabers. Is this a reworking of the scene from “Episode III: Revenge of the Sith?”
Flashbacks are seen by Yoda to the Anakin-Ahsoka Tahno duo of Knight and Padawan.
Obi-Wan speaks to Qui-Gon Jin’s Force ghost about Anakin’s training.
A new character dual wields twin lightsabers (four blades).
Anakin duels Count Dooku/Darth Sidious and nearly finishes him? Another “Revenge of the Sith” reworking?
Space battle sees Ahsoka in action.
There’s a ritual involving what appear to be other people from Asajj Ventress’ race.
Anakin is dogfighting in the skies over Naboo. Sequences also show him in combat alongside Obi-Wan, then Ahsoka, and finally all alone.
Plenty of action set pieces are previewed as Anakin looks visibly separated from his fellow Jedi.
Yoda faces a vision of a burning giant. Or is it an actual fire creature.
“Ready, Skywalker is, to teach an apprentice,” Yoda says. “To let go of his pupil, a greater challenge it would be.” It seems Anakin is looking to the constant presence of a fellow Jedi at his side to guide him when he is lost. When even his Padawan leaves, he becomes open to darkness.
“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” season 7 from Lucasfilm Animation will premiere on Disney+ streaming.
When it premiered in 2017 on Disney Channel, viewers weren’t sure what to think about “Tangled: The Series.” The story of Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) and Flynn/Eugene (Zachary Levi) seemed done in the “Tangled Ever After” short after all. But building on its TV movie pilot “Before Ever After,” the show proved popular enough with viewers.
It’s no wonder then that the series received a second season, retitled as “Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure.” Here Rapunzel decides to actively investigate the black rocks that gave back her long golden (and indestructible) hair. Accompanied by Flynn, Cassandra (Eden Espinosa) and their friends, the long journey will test their determination and trust in one another.
Ultimately things come to a head with season 2’s double-episode finale which aired Sunday, April 14. Flynn discovers his true family legacy, and Rapunzel suffers a most unexpected betrayal. What’s worse, we won’t even know what happens next until the series’ season 3, confirmed but not yet announced for airing.
That all said, here’s a list of all episodes aired for “Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure,” or “Tangled: The Series” season 2:
Beyond the Corona Walls (first half) – June 24, 2018
Beyond the Corona Walls (second half) – double length season premiere
The Return of Quaid – July 1, 2018
Goodbye and Goodwill – July 8, 2018
Forest of No Return – July 15, 2018
Freebird – July 22, 2018
Vigor the Visionary – July 29, 2018
Keeper of the Spire – August 5, 2018
King Pascal – August 12, 2018
There’s Something About Hook Foot – August 19, 2018
Happiness is… – August 26, 2018
Max and Eugene in Peril on the High Seas – March 3, 2019
Curses! – March 10, 2019
The Eye of Pincosta – March 10, 2019 (start of two-episode airings per week)
Rapunzel and the Great Tree (first half) – March 17, 2019
Rapunzel and the Great Tree (second half) – double length episode
The Brothers Hook – March 24, 2019
Rapunzel: Day One
Mirror, Mirror – March 31, 2019
You’re Kidding Me!
Rapunzeltopia – April 7, 2019
Lost and Found
Destinies Collide (first half) – April 14, 2019
Destinies Collide (second half) – double length season finale (and WHAM! episode)
As the month of April rolls along, the season of spring north of the equator is beginning to transition into summer. It’s still a ways off, but it never hurts to start promoting early. Just look at Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan. They’ve got some summer events lined up soon.
First up is Donald’s Hot Jungle Summer in Tokyo Disneyland. Its centerpiece will be the “O! Summer Banzai!” spectacle. This marks the first time in six years that Tokyo Disneyland is performing an evening stage show in front of Cinderella Castle. Donald Duck will be joined by Daisy, Mickey and Minnie for a twice-a-night 20-minute bonanza with lots of performers, projection visuals and “fire/water sprays.”
Speaking of sprays, there will be plenty of flying water at Tokyo Disney Sea at the same time. That’s because they’re celebrating Disney Pirates Summer. Their counterpart central event is the “Pirates Summer Battle! Get Wet!” adventure spectacular, with “Pirates of the Caribbean” taking charge.
Captains Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa will lead their pirate crews on a 25-minute presentation with lots of exploding water and similar effects on Disney Sea’s central lagoon, with the Black Pearl on the water shooting its water cannons while Mount Prometheus looms in the background. The show runs three times all day for audiences.
Naturally, these two events aren’t the only things happening on Tokyo Disney Resort. Sharing the spotlight with Donald at Tokyo Disneyland are the main characters of “Zootopia” taking the lead for a four-times-daily daytime stage show, “Judy and Nick’s Jumpin’ Splash,” to the tune of hit theme song “Try Everything.”
Back in Disney Sea, the pirates won’t be content to just dance to their captains’ tunes, and will roam the park for some pirate-y photo ops. Alternatively the guests might prefer to pose on a pirate ship’s wheel set-piece instead. Both events will run July 9 until September 1, and will be commemorated by specialty menu items, merchandise and tickets.
As the 2019 Star Wars Celebration in Chicago rolled over into the weekend, some heavily awaited-for previews were finally revealed. The most important of them obviously is the first teaser for “Star Wars: Episode IX.” Not only did fans finally see the anticipated visuals, we now know its official subtitle.
“The Rise of Skywalker” at first blush sounds somewhat clunky. But after seeing the scenes from the trailer one might think it appropriate. It seems to imply new meaning to the name “Skywalker.” Anakin was born of a Tatooine slave. Rey was born of seemingly similarly unremarkable parents. He was a Skywalker; is Rey too?
Why don’t we find out by going over the teaser?
Rey (Daisy Ridley) is now dressed like a Jedi. She also apparently has repaired Anakin’s lightsaber from its ruin back in “The Last Jedi.”
Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) seems to talk to Rey in narration, talking about how she now has the knowledge of “a thousand generations.”
“Every Generation Has a Legend.”
It seems Rey is in a desert planet (Tatooine) facing down a low-flying First Order TIE Fighter. Is Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) at the controls?
Rey shows how much more Jedi she is now by fearlessly jumping on the TIE with lightsaber lit.
A starship arrives in another world at night.
Kylo Ren doing a berserker charge against Resistance ground troops. He also is apparently repairing his helmet, similarly destroyed during “The Last Jedi.”
BB-8 has its own droid companion now.
With Han Solo dead, Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) returns to pilot the Millennium Falcon with Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo).
“The Saga Comes to an End.” To be specific, it’s probably the saga of a family central to the “Star Wars” narrative. The franchise itself will never be allowed to end.
A chase is on the desert planet with Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Isaac) and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) aboard a sand skiff a la “Return of the Jedi.”
General Leia (Carrie Fisher) hugs Rey. This is some of deleted footage from the first two Sequel Trilogy films, edited to provide a role for Leia after the passing of her actress years ago.
As Luke tells Rey that “they will always be with her and no one’s ever truly gone,” she and her friends appear to be on the forest moon of Endor, looking at fallen fragments of the Galactic Empire’s second Death Star.
We hear a familiar, sinister “old guy” laugh.
Back in Star Wars Celebration itself, any ambiguousness of the voice was made certain by the appearance of the actor in question, onstage. Director J.J. Abrams also confirmed that Ian McDiarmid is back as Sheev Palpatine / Darth Sidious / Emperor.
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” premieres this December 20.