You don't need to be a Classics major or an expert in Ancient Mediterranean Cultures to appreciate Classical Myth. When I say Classical Myth, I don't mean just Greek Myth - although it did make the biggest contribution. Classical Myth however, is Greek, Roman, Sumerian, and even Egyptian Myth, all of which shared Indo-European origins. These Ancient cultures and their myths have set the stepping stones for modern literature and storytelling as we know it today. Almost every trope, every story, every plot twist know to humanity has somehow - consciously or unconsciously - been inspired by Classical Myth. There is no such thing as a "new" idea; every story in fiction today is, in a way, an extension or a retelling of an older one. Ideas don't just appear out of thin air, they're slowly formed and executed.
Avatar: The Last Airbender was released on Nickelodeon several years ago as a kids’ cartoon, but as fans of the series will attest, it is more than simply a kids’ show. The themes within the series are complex and ring true even while re-watching the series as an adult.
If you heard the sound of millions of Star Wars fans crying out this past Thursday, that’s because Disney and Lucasfilm announced an exciting lineup of projects and gave fans new looks at Lucasfilm’s upcoming shows and movies. So, hold on to Baby Yoda (or Grogu) as we jump into lightspeed to see just where in the galaxy we're exploring next!
Marvel just won't quit with all of this news. Never miss out!
This will be part one of a massive Marvel update due to the amount of new info!
WOW, WOW, WOW. Marvel Studios just dropped a bunch of huge news out of nowhere! Merry Christmas to me!
Just after releasing the fact that Hailee Steinfeld will be appearing as Kate Bishop in the Disney + show, Hawkeye, we ‘ve got news, first looks, and trailers for some of Marvel’s most anticipated new releases in the roster; including, Loki, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Ms. Marvel. But, before I get ahead of myself, let’s start with the biggest news.
Now, whoo, let us brace ourselves for a moment.
Braced? Holding onto your butts? Great! We’ve got a more-than-two-minute look at what our dear, emo king, Loki will get up to in his own show on Disney +.
The trailer starts where we last saw Loki, or at least the one from the past who is still alive. It’s a little complicated and it’s been awhile since everyone has seen Avengers: Endgame, so let me explain. In Endgame, after the snap- five years in fact- what’s left of the gang figures out time travel to collect the infinity stones in a way that will defeat Thanos and bring everyone back.
Long story short, when they arrive in New York during the first Avengers movie, they pull off a complicated plan to get the tesseract (a.k.a the space stone) which has the ability to create portals where the user can portal from one universe to another. Due to some unforeseen hijinks, it ends up at Loki’s feet and he takes off with it swiftly.
So now, in the trailer, we see where he ended up. In a desert- but it’s very unclear which universe he’s actually in. At some point, he gets taken and put under arrest by Owen Wilson’s agent for the TVA (Time Variance Authority).
(The TVA is the literal governing body of the multiverse, which is a huge deal for the MCU and MCEU. Through the next few phases, the big brains at Marvel could be building up the next world ending event, which just might be a colliding of the multiverses and other universe heroes!)
Loki is taken down in an elevator with Wilson’s character and we get a shot of the elevator buttons which seem to be different universes instead of regular floor numbers in the building. We then see a flurry of scenes from Loki getting shown footage of his defeat, which also raises the question if time works differently at the TVA. If they can show him footage of what would happen, do they have footage of the future somewhere? Of Endgame and the events that happened in between? And where were they during the big events of the series anyway?
My theories aside, at the end of the trailer we see Loki with shorter hair and in a suit. Does he work for the TVA now? He jumps out of a plane and gets caught by Bifrost and taken to Asgard, presumably. The trailer is an obvious must watch. Coming to Disney +, May 2021.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
Next up, we have a look at Anthony Mackie’s Falcon (Sam) and Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier (Bucky) in their team-up show for the streaming service. It’s been up in the air what the two would do after Captain America’s exit from the MCEU. Both Sam and Bucky were both canonically next to take on the mantel of our star spangled boy, but Steve gave Sam the shield in the end.
We see, in the trailer, that the shield was put into a memorial museum or exhibit for Cap. No telling how far into the future we are after his passing, but the two are suiting up again in some nice new gear. The trailer doesn’t give us much to go on about who they’ll be facing except for some shots with some young-ish looking people in masks.
The most intriguing aspect of the show, in my opinion, is to see how well the two interact now that Steve is gone. The change in their dynamic will hopefully prove to be interesting and keep us watching. Check out the tailer here. Streaming this coming March 19, 2021.
Marvel’s What If…? might be one of the most advantageous projects they’ve taken on in an animated form.
The comic series and the show will explore many what if scenarios that could’ve happened if someone or something in the wide Marvel multiverses hadn’t occurred. The series ran from 1977 to 84 and the show, being made for the small screen, helps early theories about Marvel exploring more universes and realities in a BIG way.
In the trailer, specifically, we see that instead of Steve Rogers as Captain America, we see resident badass herself, Peggy Carter, dressed in a red, white and blue suit and carrying an English flag version of the shield.
T’Challa, once played by the late great Chadwick Boseman, is not seen as the King of Wakanda or Black Panther, but as Starlord.
We are briefly introduced to The Watcher; we see glimpses of Captain Marvel which seems to still be the Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) that we were introduced to in her movie, as well as Doctor Strange, who seems to be fighting an evil alternate version of himself. Most shockingly, we see Bucky fighting a literal zombie of his former best friend, still dressed and holding onto to his weapon.
I am beyond excited for this show! I think this one, along with Loki and WandaVision, might just be the ones to give us the unexpected chills. Give the trailer a gander. Streaming the summer of 2021.
Finally, we have a second official trailer for WandaVision. It will be the first of the Marvel/ Disney + shows coming out on January 15th, 2021. It’s not too different from he other sneek peeks and trailers we’ve seen so far, although we do get some Get Out, sunken place vibes as we see the characters glitch in and out of who they are and who they are pretending to be or warped into being.
We do get to see Kat Denning’s character, Darcy, from Thor and Thor: The Dark World for a quick second, as well as some magicking or “fixing” that Wanda is doing with Vision’s Mind Stone. It’s still very unclear where this place they are is, due to Wanda’s powers, because as we all know, Vision is gone. Before the snapping, Thanos ripped the stone from him, killing him.
I still want to tread lightly with this show, but overall it’s giving very Twilight Zone vibes, and I think I’m living for it. Their trailer is right here!
I will be back with pt. 2 very shortly! But what do you guys think? Which show are you excited to see the most? I can honestly say that my emo king is calling.