Watch: The Mandalorian Season 3 Trailer Released Plus Directors’ Lineup

Disney and Lucasfilm have released the full trailer for The Mandalorian season 3, which is set to stream on March 1st, 2023 over at Disney+. Din Djarin and Grogu will return and will eventually be reunited as they journey the galaxy once more. In case you missed it, here’s the official trailer.

Lucasfilm also released the official synopsis for The Mandalorian Season 3 last December. The season will follow Din Djarin as he raises Grogu and searches for a deeper purpose in his own life. The official synopsis reads:

The journeys of the Mandalorian through the Star Wars galaxy continue. Once a lone bounty hunter, Din Djarin has reunited with Grogu. Meanwhile, the New Republic struggles to lead the galaxy away from its dark history. The Mandalorian will cross paths with old allies and make new enemies as he and Grogu continue their journey together.

The latest official poster for the lone bounty hunter’s next season has also been revealed and shared across social media.

Pedro Pascal will reprise his role as Din Djarin, with Brendan Wayne and Lateef Crowder donning the Mandalore armor once more. Other returning cast members include Katee Sackhoff as Bo-Katan Kryze, Carl Weathers as Greef Karga, Emily Swallow as the Armorer, Giancarlo Esposito as Moff Gideon, Omid Abtahi as Dr. Pershing, Amy Sedaris as Peli Motto, Christopher Lloyd, Misty Rosas in an unconfirmed role, and Simon Kassianides as Axe Woves, a companion of Bo-Katan.

Jon Favreau will once again be at the helm of the writing for all eight episodes of the upcoming season. Joining him in the writer’s room will be Dave Filoni, who will lend his talents to two episodes, and Noah Kloor, known for his work on “The Book of Boba Fett”. Disney Plus has also revealed the names of the directors who will be bringing the story to life this season. The list includes Rick Famuyiwa, Rachel Morrison, Lee Isaac Chung, Carl Weathers, Peter Ramsey, and Bryce Dallas Howard. Each of them will lend their unique vision to the series.

As the season unfolds, audiences will see familiar faces behind the camera, such as Rick Famuyiwa, Carl Weathers, and Bryce Dallas Howard, who have all previously contributed their talents to the series. Joining them is Rachel Morrison, a force to be reckoned with in the world of cinematography, having lent her expertise to films like Black Panther and Mudbound. She is also no stranger to directing having helmed episodes of The Morning Show and American Crime Story. Lee Isaac Chung, the Academy Award-nominated mastermind behind Minari also joins the team together with Peter Ramsey, the visionary behind 2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and the upcoming Ahsoka series. Each of them will bring its own distinct perspective, making for an unforgettable grand finale.

The Mandalorian Season 3 will start streaming on Disney+ starting March 1, 2023.

Will Disney Buy WWE Anytime Soon? 

Just recently, former Chairman Vince McMahon rejoins the WWE Board of Directors to negotiate a potential sale ahead of its media rights renewal in 2024. His latest statements add more weight to the question of whether will Disney buy WWE anytime soon.

CNBC reported that WWE has hired JPMorgan to advise on a potential sale and mentioned that Disney is one of the many companies that may be interested in purchasing WWE. The news of a potential sale caused WWE’s stock price to rise 17% on Friday

Disney and WWE are collaborating on a new reality series featuring superstars Bianca Belair and Montez Ford. In addition, Disney recently signed a short-term extension to keep WWE shows such as “RAW” and “NXT” available on Hulu in the United States until 2024. This deal was made to secure next-day streaming rights for these shows alongside linear media rights

Disney has also entered into other contracts with WWE for content in addition to the US deal with Hulu. One example is the agreement to bring the WWE Network to Disney+ Hotstar in Indonesia, which includes access to major weekly shows and premium live events like the upcoming “Royal Rumble”.

Acquiring WWE could be a major advantage for Disney, as the company could use WWE to boost its streaming services such as Disney+ or ESPN+ with new original sports entertainment programming every week. In addition, Disney could expand the WWE brand through its linear business, merchandising, and theme park businesses.

With so much going on between the two media giants, Disney and WWE are already collaborating on bringing wrestling shows to Hulu and Disney+ Hotstar, which demonstrates Disney’s interest in this type of content.

Notwithstanding, there are also plenty of other potential buyers of WWE that may eventually acquire the entertainment company. These include traditional studios such as Comcast, Fox, and Warner Brothers Discovery, as well as tech companies like Amazon and Netflix. Sporting companies like Endeavor and Liberty Media could also be interested. In today’s media landscape where IP and original programming are highly valued, WWE is likely to be attractive to many major streaming platforms.

So will Disney buy WWE eventually? We need to take this with a grain of salt eventually. Like the four corners of the wrestling ring, it is not yet certain that WWE will be sold, as Vince McMahon has also considered the possibility of taking the company private or simply trying to increase interest in its media rights for 2024. We can expect to learn more about the potential sale of WWE in the future.

So what do you think of these developments? Do you think the buyout will eventually happen? Is this good for both Disney and WWE? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

Source: CNBC

All Marvel 2023 Movies and Series to Watch Out for in 2023

There are plenty of new movies and series that are set to be released this year and will expand the Marvel universe, both within and outside of the MCU. In 2022, Marvel Entertainment made its mark once again with the release of three movies (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever), three Disney+ series (Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, and She-Hulk), and Marvel Studios’ first two Special Presentations (Werewolf by Night and GOTG Holiday Special). However, the Marvel brand has also produced new content across various forms of entertainment over the past year. And this time around, as we enter Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in February,  let’s take a look at all the Marvel 2023 movies and series that will rock MCU to its core this year. This also includes two new Spider-Man movies from Sony Pictures and a documentary tribute to the person who started it all.

Here they are in their expected order of release, as we know them. Some of these were already made official by Disney and Sony, while others are still kept under wraps.

Marvel 2023 Movies / Theatrical Releases

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania – February 17

Marvel 2023 Movies

Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly will begin Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, in which Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne delve deeper into the Quantum Realm. The film features an excellent cast, including Kathryn Newton as Cassie Lang, and will introduce the main version of one of the Multiverse Saga’s biggest villains, Kang the Conqueror (played by Jonathan Majors).

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – May 5

The highly-anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will finally be released in theaters after a six-year delay. The film follows the Guardians as they search for the version of Gamora from Avengers: Endgame and confront a new, formidable villain played by Chukwudi Iwuji, the High Evolutionary.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse – June 2

Marvel 2023 Movies

After numerous delays, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse will finally be released in theaters. This will be the second adventure for Miles Morales (played by Shamiek Moore) and Spider-Gwen (played by Hailee Steinfeld). The first film, Into the Spider-Verse, released in 2018, was a huge success and received widespread praise. Fans and crew members alike are hoping that the sequel will be just as successful.

The Marvels – July 28

Marvel 2023 Movies

The plot of The Marvels is largely unknown, but it is rumored to be connected to the Multiversal storyline in the Multiverse Saga, specifically involving Kamala Khan’s origins and powers. In the last episode of the Ms. Marvel series, we saw Kamala transported by her bangles to an unknown place and in turn, also transported Carol to the home of the younger hero. There are still plenty of unanswered questions as to the nature of Kamala’s super-powered bangles so hopefully, all of our speculations will be put to rest once the film is released in July.

Kraven the Hunter – October 6

Sony Pictures will release a live-action Spider-Man Universe movie featuring Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kraven the Hunter. This will be Taylor-Johnson’s second Marvel role, having previously played Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The film also features a notable cast, including Russell Crowe (from Thor: Love and Thunder) and Ariana DeBose (West Side Story).

Marvel 2023 Movies

Marvel Series and Documentary

What If…? Season 2 – 2023

What If…? will be the first Marvel Studios Disney+ project to be renewed for a second season, continuing the adventures of our Marvel multiversal heroes in an animated format. The first footage from Season 2 was previewed at Marvel’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con, and nearly a dozen actors who appeared in live-action roles were confirmed to reprise their roles in this animated series.

Secret Invasion – Spring 2023

In early 2023, Marvel Studios will release its first crossover event, Secret Invasion, starring Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn as Talos. The plot centers around a group of renegade Skrulls who have infiltrated Earth, raising the possibility that any MCU character could potentially be an imposter.

Loki Season 2 – Summer 2023

Loki will be the first live-action show in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to be renewed for a second season. The God of Mischief, played by Tom Hiddleston, will return to the small screen alongside the Time Variance Authority. The entire cast from Season 1 will return for Season 2, which will push the limits of interdimensional storytelling in the MCU further than ever before.

Ironheart – Fall 2023

Dominique Thorne, who made her MCU debut in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, will star in her own Disney+ series, Ironheart. In the series, Thorne will reprise her role as Riri Williams and will have the opportunity to showcase her genius as she builds new versions of her suit and improves her technology. However, she will also face significant threats.

X-Men ’97 – Fall 2023

Fans will certainly welcome Marvel Studios’ very first X-Men property to the MCU with X-Men ’97, a revival of the classic 1990s animated series X-Men: The Animated Series. The new series will use the same animation style as the original and will pick up where the story left off. This will be the first opportunity to see what the X-Men might be capable of within the MCU.

Echo – Late 2023

Echo, a Disney+ series set to release in 2023, has faced numerous challenges. Despite this, the series is expected to add exciting new material to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Alaqua Cox will star as Echo, a deaf hero who revisits her Native American roots. The series will feature the return of both Daredevil and Kingpin, and will introduce a new hero following Echo’s appearance in Hawkeye.

Agatha: Coven of Chaos – Winter 2023

Kathryn Hahn, who gained a large following for her role in the popular Disney+ series WandaVision, will star in Agatha: Coven of Chaos. The show will also feature an impressive supporting cast, including Joe Locke, Aubrey Plaza, and Emma Caulfield Ford, as Agatha (formerly known as Agnes) demonstrates her magical abilities.

Stan Lee Documentary – Unknown 2023

To honor the 100th birthday of the late Stan Lee, Marvel Studios and Disney+ announced a documentary titled Stan Lee. The trailer, released on Disney+’s official YouTube channel, features a look back at some of Lee’s most iconic MCU cameos and celebrates his reputation as the ultimate cameo master in film history.

 

The Marvel universe has much in store for 2023, and it is possible that not all of the listed Marvel Cinematic Universe projects will be released by the end of the year. For now, it seems likely that all projects on this list except for Echo and Agatha: Coven of Chaos will be released within the next 12 months, providing new content for viewers to enjoy almost every month of the year.

Marvel certainly has a wide range of projects in the works for 2023, ensuring that there will be something for all fans to enjoy. Which Marvel 2023 movies and series are you most excited about? Let’s talk about it n the comments below.