By now, Star Wars Resistance, the latest animated series in the Star Wars franchise, is on its second week of running on both Disney Channel and Disney XD, and on its third episode (as the premiere date was a 2-episode double feature). The setting is introduced and the main characters are presented with their respective circumstances, in the background of galactic events building up to Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
We’ve covered the pilots of Ace Squadron in a prior list, so now we’ll touch on the other supporting cast and possible antagonists for Resistance:
Ace Squadron – the mercenary starfighter unit of Colossus Station in planet Castilon; doubles as a racing circuit when not fighting outside threats
Team Fireball – the support unit of Kazuda Xiono, based on the starship repair yard run by Jarek Yeager
Jarek Yeager (Scott Lawrence) – veteran pilot and old friend of Dameron Poe; runs a repair yard and gives Resistance agent Kazuda a home and workplace while steering clear of his spying activities
Tam Ryvora (Suzie McGrath) – wannabe starfighter racer from Kuat, working as a mechanic for Jarek; almost finished fixing the Fireball as her personal racing craft only for Kazuda to take over from her
Neeku Vozo (Josh Brener) – a Kadas’sa’Nikto employee of Jarek’s shop; possibly autistic
R1-J5 aka “Bucket” – Jarek’s old astromech droid partner that likes wearing Rebel Alliance helmets
Colossus Station – a starship refueling station on the water planet of Castilon
Imanuel Doza – captain of the Colussus and overprotective dad of Ace pilot Torra Doza
Flix (Jim Rash) – humanoid avian and co-proprietor of Flix and Orka’s Office of Acquisitions
Orka (Bobby Moynihan) – a Chadra-Fan and co-proprietor with Flix of their Office of Acquisitions
Aunt Z’Vk’Thkrkza (Tovah Feldshuh) – the Gilliand barkeep of Aunt Z’s Tavern; she runs the Ace Squadron race betting pool
Jace Rucklin (Elijah Wood) – a Colossus starfighter racer who tries to get one up of Kazuda while pretending to be friendly
Bolza Grool (Fred Tatasciore) – a short-tempered and vindictive Klatooinian gorg merchant
Grevel (Dee Bradley Baker) – an Aleena con man who sets ups Colossus newcomers to run up debts to him
Jav Sivrak (Greg Proops) – Colossus race announcer
Space Pirates – the sort of danger an isolated refueling station like Colossus tends to attract
Kragan (Gary Anthony Williams) – a Quarren commander of a space pirate crew; frequently attacks Colossus
Synara San (Nazneen Contractor) – part of Kragan’s crew; a beautiful junk salvager
The Resistance – formed as a deniable asset to oppose the First Order, an insurgency in First Order-controlled space that in theory cannot be linked to the New Republic
General Leia Organa (Rachel Butera) – former New Republic Senator; Resistance founder and leader
Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) – Resistance ace pilot and Kazuda’s intelligence handler
Released exclusively for the Sony PlayStation 4 this past September, the Spider-Man videogame developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment was considered something of a triumphant return for the game format pioneered on the original PlayStation from Activision, with an added open-world sandbox element from later iterations.
Featuring an adult veteran iteration of Peter Parker as the web-swinging hero/menace of New York, the game features a gripping storyline that involves Spider-Man’s cast of supporting characters and villains all over a massive cityscape with plenty of ground and rooftops to cover, people to see and things to do.
And to do all that crime-fighting necessary, Spidey’s going to need some heavy equipment, in the form of his massive costume wardrobe. Some are just for cool points, others have neat gimmicks, but all will find some use with Spider-Man on his greatest challenge yet. Here’s his bug costume list:
Advanced – default costume as seen in game trailers
Velocity – increases speed
Vintage – a tribute to his classic coloring scheme, with cel-shading to contrast with the realistic environment
Underoos – Spider-Man in hood and Spidey-trunks only
Anti-Ock – used against the climactic game boss, no points for guessing who
Battle-Damaged – a torn-up version of the Classic suit
Empire State University Shirt – Peter’s civilian clothes with only his mask as an actual costume
Classic (Amazing Fantasy #15, 1962) – first appearance costume
Dark (Spider-Man/Deadpool #8, 2016) – acquired by Peter in Purgatory after being killed and meeting Mephisto (long story)
Electro-Proof (Amazing Spider-Man #425, 1997) – used when fighting against Electro with Nate Grey/X-Man
Uru (Fear Itself #7, 2010) – forged by Tony Stark and the Nidavellir dwarves out of Uru metal; destroyed by Odin before he could enjoy its use
Homemade (Spider-Man: Homecoming, 2017) – his initial costume as seen in the MCU film, before Tony Stark started “sponsoring” him
Iron Spider (Amazing Spider-Man #529, 2006 and Spider-Man: Homecoming) – originally created in the “Civil War” comic storyline, then adapted for the MCU; has robot spider-arms (3 in comics, 4 in MCU)
Last Stand (Amazing Spider-Man #500, 2003) – worn by the alternate Spider-Man of Earth-312500
Mk. II Armor (Amazing Spider-Man #656, 2011) – bulletproofed due to needing it at a time when his Spider-Sense was inactive
Mk. III Armor (Amazing Spider-Man #682, 2012) – from the “Ends of the Earth” storyline, aka the anti-Sinister Six costume, specifically designed to counter their powers and gimmicks; built at Horizon Labs
Mk. IV Armor (Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #1, 2015) – his costume at the start of the All-New All-Different Marvel label; destroyed by Superior Octopus (Doc Ock in re-cloned Parker body)
Negative (Spider-Man #90, 1998) – used during his adventure in the Negative Zone
Noir (Spider-Man: Noir #1, 2008) – the costume of the alternate Spider-Man from a 1933 Depression-Era New York
Secret War Black (Secret War #8, 2004) – used by Spidey as part of Nick Fury’s unsanctioned invasion of Latveria
Scarlet Spider (Original) (Web of Spider-Man #118, 1994) – costume of Peter’s clone Ben Reilly
Spider-Punk (Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 3 #10, 2014) – Introduced in the “Spider-Verse” event, a rocker Spidey fighting President Osborn in Earth-138; real identity Hobie Brown (Prowler of main universe)
Spirit Spider (Amazing Spider-Man Annual #38, 2011) – alternate-dimension Spidey who died and was revived by being fused with the Spirit of Vengeance (which creates Ghost Riders)
Stark Suit (Captain America: Civil War, 2016) – debut costume of MCU Spider-Man played by Tom Holland
Stealth (Amazing Spider-Man #650, 2010) – debuted in the “Big Time” storyline, built at Horizon Labs; can turn invisible and protects against sonic attacks
Wrestler (Ultimate Spider-Man #3, 2000) – based on the homemade costume used by Peter in the Ultimate Marvel comic universe
Spider-Man 2099 (Amazing Spider-Man #365, 1992) – costume of possible future web-crawler Miguel O’Hara, who later launched his own comic book series
Spider-Man 2099 (White) (Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 3 #1, 2015) – costume of another version of Miguel O’Hara who got stuck in the present-day main universe and worked for Parker Industries
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.
As we already know, Marvel Studios which created the massively popular Marvel Cinematic Universe turned ten years old this year. As part of its many celebratory promotions throughout 2018, the Disney Movie Rewards program is offering a series of collectible emoji pins crafted by 100% Soft, featuring the many major Marvel characters in the MCU.
These Marvel Studios commemorative pins come in four sets of four, totaling 12 in all. MCU fans who sign up for Disney Movie Rewards will have a chance to bring home one each of these pin sets, while supplies last.
Following the success of Disney’s 2014 animated film Big Hero 6, loosely adapted from a minor Marvel Comics title, Disney decided to develop it into a franchise with a sequel animated series. Big Hero 6: The Series premiered on Disney XD last year with the special pilot “Baymax Returns” then transferred to The Disney Channel for its full first-season run.
The show follows the continuing adventures of Hiro Hamada, his rebuilt partner care robot Baymax, and his techie friends from the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology (SFIT) as they fight crime on the side while balancing schoolwork and ordinary life.
Of course, with the antagonist of the BH6 movie behind bars, the good guys need some villains to take on during their vigilante work, and Disney TV Animation plus Man of Action Studios have obliged with a truly eclectic collection of baddies to serve as Big Hero 6’s Rogues Gallery:
Obake (Andrew Scott) – an enigmatic criminal mastermind with some sinister plan for San Fransokyo, setting up other criminals to fight the Big Hero 6 to learn more about them and prepare appropriate countermeasures; the only clue Hiro has is that he’s a former SFIT student
Mr. Yama (Paul Briggs) – returning from the original film, an underground bot fighter with a bad rep, whom Obake ropes into being his reluctant right-hand man; shares some past history with Hiro in underground bot-fighting
Baron von Steamer (Jeff Bennett) – an eccentric mad scientist with an obsession for steam-punk technology; archenemy of Fredzilla’s dad Mr. Frederickson aka superhero Boss Awesome
Globby (Andy Richter) – formerly Dibs the purse thief; an accident while snatching Honey Lemon’s chemical-purse turns him into living goo
High Voltage (Katy Mixon and Sophie Reynolds) – real names Barb and Juniper, a “popular” mother-daughter villain tandem with electrical powers and a rock music motif
Momakase (Naoko Mori) – sushi chef who moonlights as a cat burglar; armed with cooking knives
Nedd Ludd (Jon Rudnitsky) – a former real estate developer who cracked under the strain and became a reclusive extremist Luddite who gets violent at the very sight of any technology
Mad Jacks (Rob Riggle, Kevin Michael Richardson, Kerri Kenney) – adrenaline junkie mercenary trio whose names include “Jack” somewhere in them
Mr. Sparkles (Patton Oswalt) – unpopular host of a somewhat popular game show; goes insane after his popularity is upstaged by the Hamada’s pet cat, Mochi
Noodle Burger Boy (Lucas Neff) – animatronic mascot of the Noodle Burger fast-food, reprogrammed by Yama
Orso Knox (Fred Tatasciore) – businessman turned into a wild monster
Trina (Christy Carlson Romano) – a bot-fighter around Hiro’s age, revealed to be a humanlike robot created by Obake, whom Trina considers to be her father
The next chapter in the really long Phase 3 of films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is due to arrive in cinemas on March of next year, just before the climactic conclusion waiting in Avengers 4 months later. This is Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson as alien-abducted and empowered former Air Force pilot Carol Danvers, in a prequel taking place before at least Iron Man.
Plot snippets thus far tell how Carol (Larson), her DNA fused in an accident with a humanoid extraterrestrial from the Kree, eventually goes to the alien homeworld and serves a time as part of a Kree special ops team called Starforce. Her duties on this unit eventually bring her back to Earth, with the threat of a hostile alien invasion and conflict on her heels.
Carol is joined on Starforce by several Kree operatives, many of whom are indeed characters from that alien race as introduced in Marvel Comics. Let’s list down all of them.
Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) – member of Starforce, stands apart from the rest due to her being only “half-Kree”, eventually becomes the hero called “Captain Marvel”
Korath (Djimoun Honsou) – a mercenary operative of Starforce; aligned somewhat with the Kree Accuser Ronan (Lee Pace), both having appeared in Phase 2 MCU movie Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Minn-Erva (Gemma Chan) – Starforce designated sniper; formerly the “star” of the unit until Carol joined, and is feeling increasingly insecure due to a half-Kree potentially being more skilled than her; her comic version is more of a scientist than warrior
Att-Lass (Algenis Pérez Soto) – Starforce member; his comic version has a similar power set to Carol
Bron-Char (Rune Temte) – Starforce member; his comic version was a Kree terrorist attacking Earth at Cape Canaveral, only to be beaten by Captain America
Mar-Vell/Jude Lawson (Jude Law) – Starforce commander and Carol’s mentor figure; in the original Marvel Comics he was actually the first Captain Marvel, with Carol being his initial human ally until she gained Kree powers herself
Captain Marvel premieres on March 8, 2019 with Avengers 4 following it on May 3.
The concept of a Disney theme park having its own outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment hub located just outside the park gates was pioneered by the opening, in 1975, of the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village in Walt Disney World. Following some name changes over the years, we now know it better as Disney Springs.
To this day Disney Springs is going strong in continuing to provide a specialized location for Walt Disney World guests to unwind, eat and drink, watch a movie and shop once they walk out of the Magic Kingdom and other theme parks in the complex.
And like any commercial hub, the lineup of its establishments changes every so often. Starting this month, there will be three new specialty shops making their home in Disney Springs. Here’s a list of them:
Disney Tails – opening at the Disney Springs Marketplace Co-op on October 12; will sell Disney a variety of character costumes for dogs and other canine accessories like leashes and collars
Lovepop – will open later in October also at the Marketplace Co-op; will feature hand-assembled 3D-sculptured cards; the firm already has a number of major media licensing partnerships such as for the Beatles and Jurassic World
The Art of Disney Presents Greg McCullough – replacing Little Miss Matched; this is a limited-time shop offering original prints and pieces from the celebrated artist that opens from November 3 to January 1, 2019; McCullough can be seen by shoppers at work in the store every day except Mondays from early afternoon to early evening
Finally, though not a new shop, the Basin store’s renovation is almost done, and it will reopen sometime this fall.
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.
When Disney first teased in 2015 that they were going to remake beloved 1980s animated series Ducktales, fans of the original were cautious, owing to the hit-or-miss nature of reboots in general. They were however mollified with the first previews, and when the one-hour special premiered, they were more receptive.
By the time the first season of the new Ducktales ended this August, a solid majority of the fandom, old and new, were believers. Having a 100% fresh score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes is a strong argument for the remake’s quality. And as the second season draws near (with a third season green-lighted already) let’s walk down memory lane a bit by listing the episodes of the inaugural season.
Woo-oo! (August 12, 2017) – one-hour special; if divided into two half-hour episodes, the second half is retitled…
Escape from Atlantis!
Daytrip of Doom! (September 23, 2017) – first of two distinct episodes in one-hour premiere, the second being…
The Great Dime Chase!
The Beagle Birthday Massacre! (September 30, 2017)
Terror of the Terra-Firmians! (October 7, 2017)
The House of the Lucky Gander! (October 14, 2017) – airing order reversed with following episode on Disney XD Canada
The Infernal Internship of Mark Beaks! (October 21, 2017) – airing order reversed with preceding episode on Disney XD Canada
The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra! (October 28, 2017)
The Impossible Summit of Mount Neverrest! (December 2, 2017) – last episode premiered on Disney XD before the series moved to The Disney Channel
The Spear of Selene! (May 4, 2018) – first new episode on The Disney Channel
Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System! (May 11, 2018)
The Missing Links of Moorshire! (May 18, 2018) – broadcast premiere made on Disney XD Scandinavia, March 21
Mystery at McDuck Manor! (May 25, 2018) – broadcast premiere made on Disney XD Scandinavia, April 3
Jaw$! (June 16, 2018)
The Golden Lagoon of White Agony Plains! (June 23, 2018)
Day of the Only Child! (June 30, 2018)
From the Confidential Case Files of Agent 22! (July 7, 2018)
Who is Gizmoduck?! (July 14, 2018)
The Other Bin of Scrooge McDuck! (July 21, 2018)
Sky Pirates…in the Sky! (July 28, 2018)
The Secret(s) of Castle McDuck! (August 4, 2018)
The Last Crash of the Sunchaser! (August 11, 2018)
The Shadow War! – Night of De Spell! (August 18, 2018) – first part of two-episode one-hour finale special
The Shadow War! – Day of the Ducks! – final episode of season 1
Ducktales season 2 starts October 20 on The Disney Channel.
It still feels a long way off before Disney can begin boasting more substantially about its very own digital streaming service. But in the meantime they can drum up more interest from stream watchers by dropping teases on the various original content they have in store, from films to series.
One of their movie projects set to be a launch exclusive on the Disney streaming channel is a live-action remake of the 1955 Disney Animated Canon classic Lady and the Tramp. This is one of several Disney cartoon film remakes in live-action that’s been earmarked for streaming instead of cinemas.
With Charlie Bean (LEGO Ninjago Movie) directing a screenplay by Andrew Bujalski, the Lady and the Tramp reimagining has already gone through an initial round of casting for its characters. Here’s who have been cast.
Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok and Creed) – Lady the Cocker Spaniel
Justin Theroux (Iron Man 2) – Tramp the mutt
Ashley Jensen (Ugly Betty) – Jackie the Scottish terrier (and gender-bend of original Jock)
Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange) – Bull the Bulldog
Sam Elliott (Ghost Rider) – Trusty the Bloodhound
Janelle Monáe – Peg the Pekingese
Kiersey Clemons – Darling, Lady’s mistress
Thomas Mann – Jim Dear, Darling’s husband
Yvette Nicole Brown – Aunt Sarah
Adrian Martinez – Elliot the dog-catcher
Arturo Castro – Marco
The Disney streaming service is due to start its operations by year 2019.