This is not a drill!! It was announced today by Loki himself (Tom Hiddleston) on the official Marvel youtube channel that the original Disney plus show Loki it will no longer be premiering on June 11 but on Wednesday, June 9!
The video titled ‘Announcement’ has Tom Hiddleston talk about how his character Loki is near involved in the bid hero sequences that are usually in the begging on a Marvel movie or show. He remarks about how he’s cunning and charming, which, I mean, duh! And he proudly announces that Wednesdays are the new Fridays, indicating that will it be released earlier than any other Marvel show so far. If that’s not a Norse God flex, I don’t know what is!
Obviously it’s not a huge difference, like releasing it a month early or anything but it’s still really awesome news. Marvel just wants us to continue to let ‘WandaVision’ and ‘Captain America and The Winter Solider’ marinate a bit more but it’s cool. I’m chill. Like super chill about a month long Marvel drought.
As fans of Marvel we are used to being told that something was being pushed back instead of forward especially in the last year and some months thanks to Ms. Rona like ‘Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings’, and ‘Black Widow’ but news about ‘Loki’ being moved up is a welcomed surprise for sure.
The realm of television is reaching the stars as far as quality and talent are concerned with big-name properties taking over the entertainment landscape. The price tag for these productions is now the newest precedent in the industry with the likes of Netflix and Disney pushing production costs to the level of modern films. The Boys, WandaVision, and more accurately Game of Thrones have ushered in the age of expensive seasons with tons of CGI to flood the small screen. The most spent one a season was pushing toward the triple digits but now a new contender is coming to shoot well past that milestone set by Game of Thrones years prior. Amazon, being the titan that it is, will now house one of the most expensive television shows ever made based on one of the most beloved franchises in modern times The Lord of the Rings.
The much anticipated Lord of the Rings Prime-exclusive show is breaking records well before a release date is pegged. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon’s ambitious prequel series will cost $465 million on the first season alone which in and of itself is a record-breaker. Game of Thrones by comparison only reached that cost for an entire season by its 6th season. Amazon and the by extension the New Zealand government stated that the show will cost approximately $1 billion to produce between two seasons completely trumping any show currently in development. Producers of the upcoming series are already naming it the next Game of Thrones craze as a possible 5 season deal is being made should this first season gain traction only adding more money to the mix however that’s not the only step Amazon is taking from its competitor.
In 2017, Amazon had already spent 250 million on acquiring the rights to the franchise and since then details have been intentionally sparse. What is known is that the show will take place a whole millennium before the events of both film trilogies. An airtight writers’ room was formed not too long after the show’s announcement. An ensemble cast has been formed with Eddard Stark himself Robert Aramayo leading the trope while being joined by Morfydd Clark, Joseph Mawle, and Markella Kavenagh. The filming continues in New Zealand since February of last year though it is still unclear whether production of this first season is beginning to wrap.
Regardless, Amazon Studios has still penned a 2021 release for its streaming platform. With the collaboration of Amazon, Harper Collins, and of course the Tolkien Estate, this Lord of the Rings project seems to be a delight to longtime fans of the series since the conclusion of The Hobbit trilogy back in 2014. I for one am giddy with excitement that the same amount of resources used in the films is translating to the small screen with flying colors. Hopefully sometime not too far away we can all experience the world of man, orc, elven, and dwarven doing battle across Middle-Earth soon this year.
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?