Monday, Disney Plus tweeted a poster for their spin-off series The Falcon and the Winter Solider, featuring Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson dressed in the latest Captain America garb and wielding Steve Rodger’s shield:
Revealed on their Twitter account, this comes just days after the finale of the show, which ends with Sam Wilson officially taking the mantle of Captain America. Reminiscent of Sam Wilson’s Captain America uniform from 2014’s All-New Captain America written by Rick Remender and illustrated by Stuart Immonen, many fans have embraced the new Sentinel of Liberty:
Thanks to a new licensing deal between Disney and Sony, Sam Rami’s Spider-Man trilogy may be included in Disney Plus’ Marvel library. Announced this Wednesday, the agreement between the two companies means that Disney will gain access to a significant portion of Sony’s films, and will be permitted to air them on their many channels, including ABC, Freeform, National Geographic and, of course, the Disney Channel. Not only that, but Disney is also allowed to publish Sony movies on their streaming services Hulu and Disney+.
Disney didn’t confirm which of its services or channels would be getting specific programming, other than to note that some Sony library movies would be hitting Hulu in June. Although, considering how the Fox X-Men franchise was included under the MCU banner on Disney+, I think it’s safe to assume that Toby McGuire will be gracing our screens soon.
Although, the Sam Rami trilogy won’t be the only Sony Spider-Man property now within Disney’s grasp. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, Venom and the Amazing Spider-Man duology starring Andrew Garfield will also be included, as well as presumably the upcoming Morbius and Venom: Let There Be Carnage.
Similar to the deal Sony had with Netflix earlier this month, Disney will only be permitted to exercise their new legal rights over the Sony properties in the American market, despite the global consumption of their streaming services. Sadly, this means that those of you outside of the United States will be unable to watch the Sony Spider-Man movies with their Disney+ subscriptions.
With arrangements both with Netflix and Disney, Sony is expected to rake in an estimated three billion dollars in movie licensing over the lifetime of the deals. According to Keith Le Goy, President of Worldwide Networks & Distribution for Sony Pictures Television:
“This groundbreaking agreement reconfirms the unique and enduring value of our movies to film lovers and the platforms and networks that serve them. We are thrilled to team up with Disney on delivering our titles to their viewers and subscribers. This agreement cements a key piece of our film distribution strategy, which is to maximize the value of each of our films, by making them available to consumers across all windows with a wide range of key partners.”
This is not a drill people! Kevin Feige himself confirmed that Doctor Strange 2, ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ is in it’s final week of production. The long awaited sequel to ‘Doctor Strange’ (2016) will be released in March 2022, which is still a long way off, unfortunately.
The film will have everyone reprising their roles, which includes Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, Benedict Wong as Wong, Rachel McAdams and even Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, who we haven’t since the end credit scene of the first ‘Doctor Strange’.
The movie will also feature Elizabeth Olsen reprising her role as Wanda Maximoff presumably right after the end of her show, ‘WandaVision’. We were left shook and gagged at the conclusion of the Disney + hit and now fully embracing herself as the Scarlett Witch, we have no idea how she comes across Strange again; whether she goes to him for magical studies help, or if he actually comes to her for help to stop Mordo, who could be the villain for the sequel is up in the air. Will she start her journey to find her boys in the multiverse and will Strange be a friend or foe in her pursuit for her children?
The sequel is also slated to introduce America Chavez into the MCEU. The young super hero will be played by Xochitl Gomez of Netflix’s ‘The Babysitters Club’. Let us know what you guys think! How excited are you to see Doctor Strange 2? And what do you think Wanda’s involvement in the movie look like?