When Disney began pulling out its streaming content from Netflix, binge-watchers waited with bated breath for what would happen next. Disney then announced its own in-house streaming service, to be launched in 2019, featuring both existing media library and original content to really draw in subscribers to check them out.
Recently Disney has finally given a name to their in-development platform that has been referred to only as their “streaming service” over the past few months. Now fans can look forward next year to the opening of Disney+ (pronounced “Plus”), with its content falling under five particular Disney sub-brand labels.
Here are the label subcategories for all content old and new that would be found in Disney+ upon its launch:
- Disney – Animated Canon, classic family-oriented films, beloved Disney Afternoon and later animated series
- Pixar – their animated films and shorts
- Marvel – Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, TV series, Marvel Animation content, new programs
- Star Wars – all films in the saga, all Star Wars Story anthology spinoffs, Lucasfilm animated series, new programs
- National Geographic – documentaries and reality programming
It’s hard to fathom for some, how the 10th Anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe reached its “high point” when the bad guy erased many of said MCU heroes along with half the living organisms in the Universe with a finger-snap in Avengers: Infinity War. That’s just how it is.
But not all is doom and gloom. Disney-Marvel did bring out some nice merchandising stuff to celebrate a decade of MCU awesomeness. We’ve seen that with the golden-hued anniversary posters. Now Classic Stills is offering image prints from 17 of the many MCU films released thus far since 2008.
Each still is taken from the MCU photo archives as part of the official 10th-Anniversary Marvel Cinematic Universe Limited-Edition Fine Art Collection. Each image is printed to only 100 copies each, hand-framed and numbered with an accompanying Certificate of Authenticity.
We’ll list the images available:
- Iron Man (2008, $149-$495) – Tony Stark testing the repulsor gauntlet
- Avengers: Infinity War (2018, $325) – Thanos profile shot
- Black Panther (2018, $149-$495) – T’Challa preparing to drop from his Wakandan hover-ship
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017, $325) – Baby Groot dancing in opening credits
- Thor: The Dark World (2013, $149-$495) – Thor with Mjolnir
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015, $325) – Hulk listening to Natasha’s “lullaby”
- Captain America: The First Avenger (2011, $149-$495) – Cap in “HYDRA base assault” montage, with fiery background
- Guardians of the Galaxy (2014, $325) – the Guardians move out
- Avengers (2012, $149-$495) – Natasha tied to a chair (but not “really” a captive)
- Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018, $149-$495) – Scott/Ant-Man in front of the Quantum Universe tunnel
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017, $325) – “Revengers” at the Bifrost confronting Hela
- Iron Man 2 (2010, $149-$495) – Iron Man suits in storage
- Doctor Strange (2016, $149-$495) – Stephen checking his injured hands
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014, $325) – Cap in SHIELD costume
- Ant-Man (2015, $149-$495) – Ant-Man suit in Pym’s safe
- Thor (2011, $149-$495) – behind-the-camera view of Thor talking to Loki
- Iron Man 3 (2013, $149-$495) – behind-the-camera view of Tony wearing wrecked armor in snowy wood
These images can be order from the Classic Stills Fine Art Gallery here. Supplies are limited (100 copies each) so interested collectors had better hurry.
With cracks seeming to form between Marvel and Netflix on account of the former’s parent company Disney pushing the future launch of its own streaming service – with its own Marvel series to boot – one must wonder what installments of Marvel Netflix are still left to stream following the cancellation of Iron Fist and Luke Cage.
Daredevil season 3 has just been added to the content library last month, but what comes next? Is this really the end for Marvel Netflix? Not quite. New seasons of existing series have been green-lighted long ago and are in production. So we’ll list what they are, along with what shows might still be viable.
- Jessica Jones season 3 – despite weaker reviews compared to the first, this was announced just one month after season 2 premiered
- The Punisher season 2 – also announced one month after its inaugural run November 2017
- Daredevil season 4 – if nothing else, while all other Marvel series on Netflix might go, the original and pioneer might still stick around; nothing official yet, though
- Defenders season 2 – not so warmly received despite being Marvel Netflix’s own Avengers-type team, but who knows?
- Heroes for Hire – a possibility that Luke Cage and Iron Fist were cancelled to pair their heroes up just as they were in the comics; pure speculation
The confirmed upcoming season for Jessica Jones and The Punisher premieres some time in 2019.
The new streaming service being developed by Disney, set to launch around 2019 and filled will almost all forms of Disney media both old and exclusively original, has yet to be given a name. But it’s been racking up quite the number of new program content to really draw subscribers.
Among the most prominent properties getting their own shows for Disney streaming are of course, series based on Marvel and potentially connected to the MCU. This fact is borne by evidence that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has oversight on the projects, both for “story continuity” and managing the actors.
That’s because the Disney streaming Marvel shows will feature characters that debuted in the MCU, and the plan is to have the stars that portrayed them in the films reprise for their respective series. While the shows haven’t been titled, the names of the leads should suffice for the moment.
Here’s a list of those Disney Marvel streaming shows announced:
- Loki starring Tom Hiddleston
- Scarlet Witch starring Elizabeth Olsen
- Falcon and Winter Soldier starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan
- Marvel TV show with unspecified character/s
Disney streaming seems to be setting up this show as competition for the remaining Marvel shows they’re producing in collaboration with Netflix. Two of those Marvel-Netflix series have already been cancelled, leaving the rest uncertain once their current seasons conclude.
Star Wars Resistance is now five episodes into its inaugural season on Disney XD and Disney Channel, and so far the reception’s been quite good. After all, it’s filling in the blanks space after the original Star Wars trilogy and the yet-to-conclude sequel films. The fact that the same show-runners from Star Wars Rebels are at work here’s another bonus.
Episode 5 of Resistance, “The High Tower”, finally brings the overall plot to some progression by marking the first in-series appearance of the Imperial remnant First Order, bad guys from Episodes VII to IX. They’ve been who Kaz (Christopher Sean) has been assigned by General Leia Organa’s Resistance to spy on at Colossus after all.
So we have Kaz trying to do his spying thing that he’s been waiting for. He gets discovered and must hide before the First Order troopers find him. His hidey-hole turns out to be the room of his fellow Ace pilot Terra Doza, and it’s filled with items that are both in-universe merchandise from the Galaxy Far, Far Away, and clever references to stuff from the decades-spanning sci-fi saga loved by millions of fans around our world. Here’s the list:
- Poster for the Boonta Eve Classic (the Tatooine pod-race organized by Jabba the Hutt, which Anakin Skywalker races on in The Phantom Menace)
- Poster of graffiti art by Sabine Wren (the Mandalorian anti-Imperial bounty hunter, TIE pilot washout, and graphic artist from Star Wars Rebels)
- Model of T16 airspeeder (mentioned by Luke Skywalker in A New Hope; he had a personal T-16 and a similar scale model in his old Tatooine home)
- Imperial Stormtrooper action figure
- Ubese bounty hunter action figure (aliens from planet Uba IV; one of them, named Boushh, was impersonated by Princess Leia following his death elsewhere, to infiltrate Jabba’s palace in Tatooine during Return of the Jedi)
- Bantha doll (based on the quadruped mounts of the Tusken Raiders/Sand People as seen in A New Hope)
- Tooka doll (based on alien cats in the Star Wars Galaxy, first mentioned in the Expanded Universe/Legends before being introduced in The Clone Wars as both dolls and the actual creature; a particular Tooka breed is the Loth-cat seen in Star Wars Rebels)
- Ewok doll (based on the small humanoid bearlike natives of Endor, who helped the Rebel Alliance defeat the Empire in Return of the Jedi; current-continuity books have even mentioned Ewoks as therapy animals)
Information courtesy of Star Wars.com
When Marvel Comics began developing and expanding their shared universe of superheroes decades ago, they wanted it to look like the world outside their readers’ windows. Hence, they set most of their stories in New York City, their old publishing address, rather than DC’s made-up locales like Metropolis or Gotham.
That dedication to grounding in some level of real life was maintained when Marvel Studios created the MCU, so they tried to keep the feel of the actual NYC (primarily Manhattan) even as superhero battles rage through it. Vanity Fair thought it might be cool to map MCU settings and events to the locations, hence their incredibly informative little video.
With the use of Google Earth and some sweet minimalistic graphics work plus lots of film footage, the six-minute video takes viewers on a digital tour of the MCU New York City. Here’s a list of the highlights they showed:
- Times Square (Captain America: The First Avenger; when Steve escapes from his “hospital bed”)
- Chrysler Building (Avengers; where Thor uses lighting to attack the Chitauri fleet)
- Grand Central Terminal (Avengers; central location of Battle of New York; a Chitauri ship crashes here)
- 101 Park Avenue (Avengers; SHIELD Quinjet crash site)
- Queensboro Bridge (Avengers: Infinity War; Peter’s school bus was here when Thanos’ Black Order ship appears)
- FDR Drive (Doctor Strange; where Strange and the dying Ancient One discuss death while astral projecting)
- Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village (Avengers: Infinity War; battle against Black Order)
- Staten Island Ferry (Spider-Man: Homecoming; Peter investigates the Vulture’s arms shipments, resulting in a battle that slices the ferry in two)
- Brooklyn Bridge (Captain America: The First Avenger; in the background during one of pre-super soldier Steve’s enlistment attempts)
- Verrazano Narrows Bridge (Avengers; where Tony intercepts a nuclear missile)
- Coney Island (Spider-Man: Homecoming; final battle between Peter and the Vulture)
- Sunnyside, Queens (Spider-Man: Homecoming; Peter’s daily patrol route)
- Bethesda Terrace, Central Park (Avengers; where Thor and Loki return to Asgard)
- George Washington Bridge (Doctor Strange; he was driving here on the trip where he had his accident)
- SHIELD NY Office – real-life Morgan Stanley HQ (Captain America: The First Avenger; when Steve wakes up in the present)
- Stark Tower/Avengers Tower – replaces MetLife Building (Avengers and Age of Ultron)
- 177A Bleecker Street – actual location with shops and tattoo parlors replaced with townhouse unit that is secretly the magical Sanctum Sanctorum (Doctor Strange; the doctor’s residence and sanctuary)
- Stark Expo – located at Flushing Meadows Park (Iron Man 2)
- New York Expo – also Flushing Meadows, but during World War II (Captain America: The First Avenger; where Steve first sees Howard Stark and meets Dr. Erskine); the historical New York World’s Fair was at the same site from 1939-1940; the MCU version featured a Unisphere before the real-life one was created for the 1964 New York World’s Fair
It’s all quite extensive, and it’s not even complete. Not covered are the locations for the MCU-related Netflix “street” Marvel shows. No mention was also made of Harlem where the final battle for The Incredible Hulk happened either. Still, this does make for a good sightseeing tour guide.
Back in 2006, in the days before Marvel was acquired by Disney, the company released on Cartoon Network a self-aware parody animated series about the Marvel Super Heroes in a cute super-deformed style, called Super Hero Squad. That concept was revisited in the Disney era through an early-age animated mini web-series, Marvel Super Hero Adventures.
As stated, this new animation of super-cutesy Marvel heroes is geared towards preschool-age audiences, with simple life lessons and morals in every little adventure. Available on YouTube and airing on Disney Channel and Disney Junior, the first season of Marvel Super Hero Adventures focuses on Spider-Man reminiscing on his encounters with fellow heroes and the lessons of friendship, cooperation and true heroism he learns from working together with them all.
With a second season of Marvel Super Hero Adventures having started, let’s list the episodes from the inaugural season of this mini-series, which premiered on YouTube late October last year.
- That Drone Cat – Spidey and Miles Aren’t Kitten Around!
- Electric Youth – Spidey & Ms. Marvel Get Zapped!
- Rock and Roll – Spidey, Ant-Man & Hulk Rock Out!
- Uh Oh, It’s Magic! – Spidey & Thor Break the Ice!
- One Big Mess – Spidey & Iron Man Clean Up Ultron!
- Stomp and Listen – Spidey & The Wasp Ruin Rhino’s Rampage!
- I’m Positive! – Spidey & Reptil Defend from Dino Destruction!
- Way Outer Space – Spidey & Captain Marvel Ride a Rocket!
- The Toys are Back in Town – Spidey & Cap Take on a Toy Thief!
- Family Friendly – We Need Spidey & Black Panther Right MEOW!
Just as we did with Marvel’s Iron Fist last week when word came out of its cancellation on Netflix after only two seasons, so too now that we do the same for another content casualty of recent developments: Luke Cage. With something of a rising tension between Disney-Marvel and the streaming service leader, it’s expected.
Here we cover the episodes of the second and final season of the street-level MCU streaming series with Mike Colter as Carl Lucas aka Luke Cage, the neighborhood do-gooder with bulletproof skin. The show never made it to another “Sweet Christmas” this year, but at least it won’t be forgotten.
This time, the second season’s episode titles are from songs of East Coast hip-hop duo Pete Rock & CL Smooth. It released June 22, near four weeks before its canning.
- Soul Brother #1
- Straighten It Out
- Wig Out
- I Get Physical
- All Souled Out
- The Basement
- On and On
- If It Ain’t Rough, It Ain’t Right
- For Pete’s Sake
- The Main Ingredient
- The Creator
- Can’t Front On Me
- They Reminisce Over You
The next installment of the MCU on Netflix is Daredevil season 3, premiered last week on October 19.
Barely even a week after Netflix cancelled one of its Marvel TV shows, Iron Fist, after it aired two seasons, it’s happened again. While the axing of the Finn Jones starrer may have been obviously due to the series’ significantly lower performance compared to the other Marvel Netflix content, that doesn’t quite explain why Luke Cage was also cut out.
Speculation runs rampant as to why these show are dropping like flies, with the main notion being that relations Marvel’s parent company Disney and the streaming giant are increasingly tense with the impending launch of the former’s in-house streaming platform featuring its own Marvel shows; and that’s despite ironclad reassurances from both sides that Marvel on Netflix won’t go away.
With that sobering thought, let’s look back on the legacy of Marvel’s Luke Cage (season 1), starring Mike Colter as the titular character, a bartending vigilante with super strength and bulletproof skin from an experiment. It premiered September 30, 2016, with each episode title taken from songs by Gang Starr, hinting at how entwined to background music the series was.
- Moment of Truth
- Code of the Streets
- Who’s Gonna Take the Weight?
- Step in the Arena
- Just to Get a Rep
- Suckas Need Bodyguards
- Blowin’ Up the Spot
- Take It Personal
- Now You’re Mine
- Soliloquy of Chaos
- You Know My Steez
Yesterday we began our commemoration of the recent cancellation of Marvel Cinematic Universe streaming series Iron Fist on Netflix, by listing the episode titles of its first season. MCU TV followers are well aware that this initial entry of Danny Rand/Iron Fist into the franchise was grossly panned, requiring several retools going into season 2.
But while Iron Fist S2 was slightly better in audience opinion, it still wasn’t quite enough to pump viewer numbers up, leading to Netflix deciding to can the show. Super-powered Kung Fu master with super-strong fist just didn’t seem to click. Danny (Finn Jones) himself ended up being made fun of by his fellow street heroes in The Defenders even.
In any case, here are the episode titles for the final season of Iron Fist. Their titles are taken from the classic Marvel Comics issues. The season aired September 7.
- “The Fury of Iron Fist”
- “The City’s Not for Burning”
- “This Deadly Secret”
- “Target: Iron Fist”
- “Heart of the Dragon”
- “The Dragon Dies at Dawn”
- “Morning of the Mindstorm”
- “Citadel on the Edge of Vengeance”
- “War Without End”
- “A Duel of Iron”
And with that we bid adieu to Iron Fist headlining his own superhero story. Hopefully he’ll keep showing up in the other Marvel Netflix series in the future.