After occasional teases all throughout this year and the last, Disney is at last ready to reveal the first visual look on another of the latest upcoming live-action adaptations, Aladdin. Due to come out by March next year, the movie has gotten out an initial teaser trailer for our consideration.
The cinematography is rather similar to the first teaser for 2017’s Beauty and the Beast, which was first unveiled the year before that. Sweeping desert vistas with a distant view of Agrabah is then followed by the magical spectacle of the Cave of Wonders, both outside and in, and a closer look at Mena Massoud in character as Aladdin ready to claim the magic lamp.
What’s also attention-grabbing with the Aladdin trailer is the magnificent presence of music cues throughout, sweet orchestrations of the various musical numbers from the 1993 original animated film. They are:
- Arabian Nights – desert, Agrabah, Cave of Wonders entrance
- A Friend Like Me – Cave of Wonders interior, title, Aladdin before the lamp
Aladdin premieres on May 2019, after the live-action remake of Dumbo in March.
Marvel Rising is a new franchise being pushed by Disney and Marvel Animation to bring the characters and stories of Marvel Comics to a new generation of fans. Its initial big offering, the TV film subtitled Secret Warriors, premiered on both The Disney Channel and Disney XD last September 30.
But prior to the release of Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors, Marvel Animation also produced a web-series for the franchise, with the subtitle Initiation. In six episodes it shines the spotlight on the primary characters of Marvel Rising prior to the events of Secret Warriors that assembled them into a team.
Here’s a list of episodes for Marvel Rising: Initiation, which premiered in its entirety on August 13 at Disney XD.
- Ghost Hunter – starring Ghost-Spider (Gwen Stacy)
- Floor Toms and Spider Webs
- BFHF (Best Friend Heroes…Forever) – starring Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan) and Squirrel Girl (Doreen Green)
- Two on One
- The Stories They Tell – featuring Patriot (Rayshaun Lucas) and Quake (Daisy Johnson)
- The Secrets We Keep
During the run of the first season of the Ducktales remake on Disney XD, and then after moving to the Disney Channel, there were a series of online shorts that were uploaded to further promote the animated series as well as various Disney original programming. One of these short web-series is Webby Reacts, starring Webby (Kate Micucci) reacting to various Disney Channel programming. Hilarity ensues.
Each episode runs only about a minute or so, with Webby giving her snarky two cents on a variety of Disney Channel content. Here’s a short list of her episodes.
- “Webby Reacts To: Andi Mack” – “Bex’s Secret” – May 8, 2018
- “Webby Reacts To: Andi Mack” – “Ummm” – May 10, 2018
- “Webby Reacts To: ZOMBIES” –May 12, 2018
- “Webby Reacts To: Stuck in the Middle” – May 16, 2018
- “Webby Reacts To: Raven’s Home” – May 18, 2018
- “Webby Reacts To: Descendants 2” – May 24, 2018
- “Webby Reacts To: Descendants 3” – May 26, 2018
And to make things short, Disney Channel was kind enough to upload a compilation of all episodes in a single video for viewing.
Ducktales will start its second season – plus a special Christmas episode – on October 20 only on the Disney Channel.
Between April and May is the great milestone for Marvel Studios, the in-house filmmaking arm of Marvel Entertainment which conceived the mammoth Marvel Cinematic Universe. Iron Man hit cinemas on May 2, 2008 following an earlier Sydney premiere on April 14. Fast-forward to 2018, and the MCU, one decade old.
Now, they’ve already made some videos to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the MCU, but thus far it’s been about the studio that makes the films and its stars. This time around, a new special video from Marvel Entertainment flips the perspective around, celebrating the MCU’s greatest strength: the fandom.
The one-minute video features scenes from across the 18 installments of the MCU thus far then shifts to scenes of fan crowds at theater showings, cons (SDCC Hall H!), autograph signings, you name it. The sheer enthusiasm and fanaticism of Marvel followers at these events is evident and simply overwhelming.
Meanwhile, various actors and actresses who have starred in the MCU films, led by Robert “Tony Stark/Iron man” Downey Jr. himself, step up to the mike to thank the fans that have flocked to their films and event appearances, making the franchise the successful juggernaut that it has grown into.
All this leads into the reminder that the latest chapter of the MCU, Avengers: Infinity War, is due out two weeks from now on April 27. Note that it’s been hyped as an ending for the storyline of the franchise as laid in three “phases”, so it’s definitely a must-watch.