Successor Series to “Star Wars Rebels”? Trademark Filed for “Star Wars Resistance”

On March 5, the last three episodes for season 4 of Star Wars Rebels will air on Disney XD. And with that, the much-beloved CG animated series that chronicled the early struggles of the Rebel Alliance against the Galactic Empire (before the Battle of Yavin) will come to an conclusion.

But that many not be the end of all animated Star Wars; Disney and Lucasfilm couldn’t possibly let go of such a popular mainstream story media. This might be the rationale for a recent trademark filing by the company, encompassing a multimedia range that could only mean a new series.

The trademark in question is named Star Wars Resistance. From the title alone, one can guess that this potential new animated cartoon will now chronicle a new time of conflict in the Galaxy far, far away: the low-intensity war between the Imperial remnants of the First Order and the Resistance.

News of the trademark filing was brought up on Twitter by Jordan Maison, though he also opined the possibility that rather than an animated thematic sequel to Star Wars Rebels, Resistance would be the title of the new live-action Star Wars series being developed for Disney’s upcoming online streaming service.

One bit of information supporting the animated nature of Star Wars Resistance is that according to Maison the filing took place shortly after Lucasfilm Animation posted a job listing for talented animators to join their studio team, with references to Rebels and its prequel trilogy-era predecessor, Star Wars: Clone Wars.

In addition to the already-ending Star Wars Rebels, Lucasfilm Animation is also working on season 2 of the short animated web series Forces of Destiny, which features the female characters of the franchise. A CG-animated spinoff, LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, is apparently getting new episodes in the future.

Marvel Animation Planning “Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur” Animated Series with Laurence Fishburne

While Marvel is busy dominating the blockbuster movie industry with its MCU film series from Marvel Studios, it hasn’t neglected the small screen either. From intense live-action series for grown-ups to animated cartoons for the kiddies, Marvel Television and Animation have plenty of bases covered, and are developing more shows.

Now, Marvel Animation is busy with the production of an animated film in the new Marvel Rising label, entitled Secret Warriors. But they’re already collaborating on a new series with veteran actor Laurence Fishburne and his Cinema Gypsy Production. The Marvel Comics characters being considered are both old and new.

The currently-running regular comic-book title Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur has been one of the best-sellers in Marvel nowadays. This is the team-up of a classic creation, Jack Kirby’s intelligent red T-Rex Devil Dinosaur (1978) and the super-smart Inhuman Lunella Lafayette aka Moon Girl (2016). Now they’re getting a show.

Marvel made the announcement recently on their official website. The statement also ties the decision to develop this new animated cartoon with the push being generated by the MCU film Black Panther for smart female characters like T’Challa’s sister Shuri.

“If this past weekend’s release of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther has taught us anything, it’s that brilliant young girls run the world,” went Marvel’s announcement. “Lunella Lafayette, it’s time for you to take center stage!”

Once the Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur series is green-lighted, it would be distributed by Disney Channels Worldwide. But there’s no final word yet on whether it will air on Disney XD (like most Marvel animations), Channel, or Junior. In addition, Fishburne would likely be bringing creative talent into this production from his ABC series black-ish and its spinoff grown-ish. That’s all the info for now, but Disney Movies List will be watching for more.

Disney Denies Planning to Ruin Netflix by Pulling Content for Own Service

When one assumes the worst case concerning the future consolidation of their media content onto one exclusive streaming platform, that action appears to come across as a death sentence for the other streaming services that originally hosted said content. One of those platforms is Netflix, standing to lose almost everything.

But that’s exaggerated fear-mongering, if Disney has anything to say about it. True, their video streaming project goes on as scheduled, but their objective is merely to gain more consumers as the media landscape shifts. An executive of the company denies any ulterior motive amounting to hobbling soon-to-be rival platforms.

Disney chief strategy officer Kevin Mayer is emphatic in his assurances care of The House of Mouse. “We are not trying to hurt or kill Netflix,” he said at the Code Media conference in Huntington Beach on Tuesday. “We are trying to serve consumers…Our success will not come from Netflix’s expense.”

The Disney-branded media streaming service is due to launch late next year in 2019. Its initial library would be a hoard of Disney animated and live-action films plus TV shows reaching back into past decades, alongside exclusive original content. Netflix, already carrying some of said programming, must compensate by creating more new original content of its own as replacements.

However, all content that would go to the Disney streaming platform (and the sports-oriented ESPN-Plus) will be different from what’s already on at the “traditional” Disney cable TV networks like Disney Channel and XD, plus ESPN and ABC.

“The model serves us well,” Mayer said, about ensuring that Disney’s cable channels and streaming will not overlap to prevent redundancy of one or the other. “I’m not sure there is an urgent need to disrupt it.” He also hasn’t said anything about possible Fox content, as that mega-deal isn’t done yet.

Disney XD and ESPN to Air E-Sports Coverage of “Madden NFL 18” Through EA Deal

Disney XD has been ruling children’s cable programming ever since 2017, with some incredibly awesome series like Frozen: The Series and the long-awaited revival of the iconic 1980s show Ducktales. But The House of Mouse has only just begun in redefining what future programs can be seen in Disney XD.

This recent development’s going to knock some socks off. Disney XD is soon showing E-Sport competitions, courtesy of the household name for sports videogames, Electronic Arts. EA has inked an exclusive broadcast contract with Disney XD and ESPN to show coverage of the EA Sports Madden NFL 18 Championship Series.

In a prepared statement, EA senior VP and Competitive Gaming Division GM Todd Sitrin said their collaboration with ESPN and Disney XD will help bring top-notch E-Sports coverage of this competition in the hit videogame installment Madden NFL 18 to fans of sports gaming and EA all over the world.

Two E-Sports events will be covered through this agreement with ESPN and Disney XD. One is the The “Madden NFL 18″ Club Championship tournament, which began last week during Pro Bowl, January 26. The other is the Madden NFL Ultimate League, starting February 2 until April 28, the NFL Draft.

EA’s Madden NFL 18 has spent about the last 12 months comfortably sitting in Top 10 Best-Selling Videogame lists, a powerful indicator of its franchise staying power since the first Madden came out back in 1988. The latest installment is hailed as the most realistic NFL videogame yet, thanks to assistance from the real-world league.

Time will tell if this deal will lead to more E-Sporting events finding a ready coverage broadcaster in Disney XD. It’d make for a nice change of pace from the hit series such sporting coverage would air alongside of.

Mid-Season 4 Trailer for “Star Wars Rebels” Premieres Close to Last 6 Air-Weeks On Disney XD

The beginning of the end has come in the adventures of the Rebel Alliance unit based on the spaceship Ghost, as the last six episodes of Star Wars Rebels premiere next month on Disney XD. And in similar fashion to the earlier parts of season 4, they come in batches.

It all begins on February 19, when Rebels season 4 episodes 10 – “Jedi Night” and 11 – “DUME” hit Disney XD at 9 PM ET. We reported nearly two weeks ago that this duo of episodes has been strongly hinted to have one major character die, most likely Kanan Jarrus.

To really amp up the hype for the last hurrah of Star Wars Rebels, Lucasfilm Animation and Disney have released an awesome midseason trailer. Aside from recapping key past events involving Kanan, it also teases what will happen in the end stretch. But a guest voice-acting debut role steals the show.

Endgame for Rebels features the first appearance in-series of the evil Emperor Palpatine. Even better, he’s voiced by his primary actor Ian McDiarmid who played him in Return of the Jedi, Empire Strikes Back (special edition) and all films of the Prequel trilogy. I guess it’s better late than never.

Palpatine’s brief scene snippet in the trailer is pretty interesting too, with him calling out Rebels main viewpoint character Ezra Bridger and declaring him “his” at last. Such a pronouncement is foreboding due to the fact that, while Hera Syndulla has appeared post-Return, Ezra (and Kanan, naturally) have not reappeared.

Star Wars Rebels stars the voice talents of Taylor Gray (Ezra), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan) and Vanessa Marshall (Hera) among many others. Following the two-episode weekly premieres, the series finale, three episodes adding to 90 minutes long, will hit Disney XD on March 5. It’s going to be huge then.

End of the Line for Cartoon Shows from Marvel Animation?

To the most casual fan of Marvel, all that exists would probably be the MCU film series. More dedicated followers would know about the comic books, and the “completion” sort would be aware of the books and TV shows. Speaking of which, there’s some important development regarding Marvel animated series.

Disney XD has been the primary network wherein animated shows based on Marvel Comics characters, especially as patterned after their depictions in the Marvel Studios films, are shown. Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man and Hulk and the Agents of SMASH count among those produced by Marvel Animation alongside collaborating cartoon studios.

Well, word is out that Marvel Animation is abruptly pulling the plug on their currently-running animated series. This was released by an animation industry insider blog, Tomb of the Cartoon Monkey Skeleton, which elaborates that Marvel animators were told that their work is finished after completing their current episode projects.

At least three Marvel Animation series currently airing on Disney XD have been noted to be specifically ending: Avengers Assemble (4 seasons), Guardians of the Galaxy (3 seasons plus shorts) and the present Spider-Man series (1 season). Other series are being placed on indefinite hiatus after their last-ordered episode runs.

The Tomb of the Cartoon Monkey Skeleton’s article writer Steve Hulett goes on to say that already animation staff layoffs have started and that things regarding animated Marvel in general is now “up in the air.” No further information has been discovered on why the animation studio is “closing up.”

While the current crop of animated Marvel shown on Disney XD is well-watched enough, some critics decry that the storylines and character designs for these shows are a pale shadow of past Marvel Animation cartoons. Noted examples of this “golden era” include The Spectacular Spider-Man and Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

While two of the scheduled to end shows, Avengers Assemble and Guardians of the Galaxy, have had a few seasons under its belt, the latest Spider-Man series only has one. That’s just as well to detractors who think these shows are but glorified commercials for toys and MCU film installments.

Upcoming Episode Titles of “Star Wars Rebels” S4 Hint at Possible Main Cast Casualty

For those who haven’t gotten the memo yet, the Disney XD 3D animated series Star Wars Rebels is set to resume its fourth season by next month, February. And from there, it’s all the way to the season finale and series finale, ending the show after 4 seasons of broadcast.

With the story of Rebels set to terminate, bets have started among viewers on what’ll be the fates of the characters by the last scene of the finale. Already the Rebel team leader Hera Syndulla (Vanessa Marshall) seems safe, but the rest of her crew, it’s up in the air.

While web series Forces of Destiny (which also has a comic series on IDW) would have it that Hera would be at the after-party on Endor post-Return of the Jedi, no peep has been heard about what her crew got to until at least before the first Star Wars film.

Some episode titles and blurbs for the latter half of Rebels season 4 appear to spoil the fate of at least one member of the Ghost crew. Episode 10: “Jedi Night” involves the heroes pulling a rescue mission to save a captive teammate: Hera, caught in the 2017 midseason finale.

Episode 11: “Dume” however, notes the the Ghost team are reeling from a “devastating loss,” insinuating that one of their number doesn’t survive “Jedi Night.” The most likely character to get killed in fan theory is the blind Jedi Padawan Kanan, who’s also in a relationship of sorts with Hera.

In case nobody got the reference, the birth name of Kanan Jarrus (Freddie Prinze Jr.) is Caleb Dume, the Episode 11 title. It’ll indeed be a heavy loss, but signs point to Kanan’s potential sendoff being most likely one of the most epic and talked-about series episodes before the ending.

Star Wars Rebels season 4 resumes February 24, with “Jedi Night” airing 9 PM / 8 Central on Disney XD.

“Star Wars Rebels” Executive Producer Posts Photo of Work on Season 4 and Series Finale

When Lucasfilm Animation began the CG-animated series Star Wars Rebels in 2014, there was a hint of risk in the venture with portraying events leading up to the original film trilogy. Fortunately, audience reception was exceptionally good, and Rebels went on to get more seasons over the next four years.

Last 2017 it was announced that season 4 of Star Wars Rebels, which began in October of that year, will be the last for the series. Nine episodes were aired before the show took a winter hiatus, but the remaining episodes up to the series finale will resume this 2018.

The production crew has been hard at work to make sure the lead-up to the end, Season 4 episode 16, will be among the best episode runs of Star Wars Rebels ever. To prove that, executive producer Dave Filoni posted a behind-the-scenes look in the making of those last episodes.

Filoni’s post on Twitter shows the music unit of Rebels recording the background music for that last episode. The shot of what looks like a chamber orchestra performing really sells the epic nature of the finale. Music composer and conductor Kevin Kiner was also thanked by Filoni on his tweet.

Star Wars Rebels fans looking for hints towards the series’ ending will not be disappointed with one of Filoni’s hash-tags, referring to an alien creature, the white Loth-cat, that’s been observing the final struggles of Ezra Bridger and his fellow Rebels for most of the first half of season 4.

There’s been discussion on who amongst the Rebel band will survive to the end. Comic-book tie-ins imply that at least Hera Syndulla (Vanessa Marshall) will survive to the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi. There’s no word yet on when Rebels season 4 will resume on Disney XD.

IDW “Forces of Destiny” Comic First Issue Reveals Principal “Star Wars Rebels” Character in Planet Hoth Before Events of “Episode V”

Viewers of the 3-D CGI animated series Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD are most likely fans of Hera Syndulla, captain of the spaceship Ghost and anti-Imperial rebel cell leader. Such has been her popularity that she has migrated to other Star Wars media. In 2016’s Rogue One, Hera is mentioned as a General in the Rebel Alliance, and her ship was present in the climactic battle of the film.

Last July saw the release of the 2-D web series Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, featuring vignettes focusing on the prominent female characters of the franchise’s Disney-compliant official timeline as of 2014. These mini-episodes showcased segments of untold Star Wars history as lived in by Padme Amidala, to Princess Leia, to Rey of Jakku. Characters from Rebels were also featured, including Hera, voiced by Vanessa Marshall.

Starting January next year, IDW Comics in collaboration with Disney will be releasing a 5-issue miniseries tying into the Forces of Destiny web animation. The first issue, with Princess Leia as the main character, has pleasantly surprised fans of both the film franchise and the Rebels TV series by having Hera Syndulla appearing in a key location of the original trilogy Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, but before the events of that film.

A preview of IDW’s Forces of Destiny #1 depicts General Syndulla as having spent time on the ice planet Hoth, helping the Rebel unit led by Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia in setting up a new base following the abandonment of Yavin IV. Several panels show Leia, Han and Hera investigating a spaceship wreck on tauntauns.

Storyline-wise, the only other depicted interaction between Rebels‘ Hera and the Original Trilogy characters was in the Forces of Destiny web series. An episode, set after the end of Return of the Jedi, has Han being sent by Leia to Hera to request ration packs to give the Ewoks who had helped them in the Battle of Endor.

Marvel Animation Announces New “Marvel Rising” Franchise with Shorts and Animated Film

The Marvel experience of today has always been multimedia and multiplatform in nature, especially now that they are under the larger Disney umbrella. Other than the comics, the MCU films, the series on TV and on Netflix, and even books, there are also the various animated series over the years.

While the current crop of Marvel Animation programs – Avengers Assemble, Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man to name a few – continue airing on Disney XD, Marvel itself has decided to open a new front in superhero cartoons by announcing the launch of Marvel Rising, an initiative focusing on newer and younger hero characters in the Marvel Universe.

Marvel Rising is a shining example of the contemporary multiplatform approach that Marvel has with its properties. It would be based around a feature-length animated film, Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors, for 2018. Said movie will be preceded by six digital 4-minute animated shorts.

Each short will introduce the main characters of Marvel Rising, young heroes like Gwen Stacy whose Spider-Gwen/Spider-Woman identity in the comics is being changed to a new moniker, Ghost Spider. Other characters include Kamala Khan/Miss Marvel, America Chavez, Rayshaun Lucas/Patriot, Daisy Johnson/Quake, Dante Pertuz/Inferno, and Doreen Green/Squirrel Girl.

The animation front of Marvel Rising is overseen by executive producers Cort Lane and Sana Amanat. Some prominent talent from both Disney and Marvel TV are also set to provide voices. Agents of SHIELD cast members involved are Chloe Bennett reprising the role of Daisy/Quake, and Ming-Na Wen (Agent May) as the main antagonist. Dove Cameron (Mal from Disney’s Descendants) will voice Gwen/Ghost Spider. Incidentally, she will also join the Agents of SHIELD cast on ABC for season 5.

Amanat, who is also Marvel’s Director of Content and Character Development, describes Marvel Rising as unlike any animation that Marvel has done, with a new distinct style and full of powerful messages. This assures that the project is separate from the MCU and other Marvel Animation shows.