By Stephen Ippolito | December 6th, 2020
On Thursday, The Walt Disney Company will hold an Investor day event to showcase their upcoming shows/films for Disney+. In the past, the company has used these events to make announcements and showoff unseen footage to investors or anyone watching. As one of the company’s biggest properties, you can bet that Marvel Studios and it’s President Kevin Feige will be involved heavily. So expect some MCU news to drop that day.
Here are five things that could be revealed during the presentation:
More premiere dates for upcoming shows
WandaVision isn’t the only Marvel Studios produced show that will be released in the first half of 2021. The Falcon and Winter Soldier, and Loki are also slated to be released. I would imagine that Feige will give us some indication when the two shows will drop. He may not provide an exact date, but he may narrow it down to at least the month.
Originally, Falcon and Winter Soldier was supposed to be the first MCU series to be released on Disney+. It was scheduled to drop in August, but because of the pandemic, it was pushed back to allow filming to be completed.
Trailers for Loki and Falcon and Winter Soldier?
While we’ve already been treated to a WandaVision trailer, we have yet to get one for Falcon and Winter Soldier or Loki. Footage of both shows were released last February during the Super Bowl, but it was very brief, especially Loki’s.
My hope is that Feige and Disney decide that this is the time to release them and give us a better idea of what they will be about. Both shows are far enough into production that they should be able to show us more footage.
Casting confirmation and announcements for She-Hulk, Hawkeye, Moon Knight, and Ms. Marvel
Over the last couple of months, some big castings have been reported by the Hollywood trades. Lead roles for Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, Moon Knight, and Hawkeye have all been reported by highly reliable outlets. Only thing is, Marvel Studios has yet to confirm or announce any of them. My hope is that Disney will use this event to make these castings official. If we’re lucky maybe some actors will pop up during the presentation.
It’s also possible that we could find out castings that haven’t even been reported yet. Other than Hawkeye, a lot of the supporting roles, including villains, are not even known. Perhaps we will get an out of nowhere casting announcement. Similar to Mahershala Ali’s Blade role that was announced at Comic-Con in 2019.
More shows announced?
Marvel Studios has officially announced eight shows that will premiere on Disney+ over the next couple of years. With Disney announcing in October that going forward, the company’s focus will be on streaming, don’t expect the amount of MCU shows to let up anytime soon.
At the moment, there’s only been one show reported, and that’s the series that will focus on Nick Fury. I imagine that some of the shows will be “second seasons” of shows already announced. Other than that, it’s not known what the studio has in store for the streaming service. Perhaps we will get some kind of indication during the event.
Will Disney follow WarnerMedia and release all their movies at on streaming at the same time they hit theaters?
Last Thursday, WarnerMedia made the shocking announcement that their entire 2021 film slate would be available on their streaming service HBO Max the same day it hits theaters. The film would come at no cost extra for subscribers. The change is a blow to all movie theater chains who’ve struggled for most of 2020 because of the pandemic.
If Disney were to announce this model at the event then that means that Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and Eternals would be available on Disney+ the same day it’s released in theaters. Unlike WarnerMedia’s plan, I do think though if Disney went down this road they would charge a “premium” fee to watch each film. This is similar to what they did with Mulan.
Personally, I hope this does not happen. If it does and the rest of the film industry follows suit, it would certainly speed up the death of movie theaters. I love going to see MCU films in theaters. I usually go on opening night, sometimes to even see them twice. Because of the fast-emerging streaming industry, I always knew that theaters were in jeopardy long term. I just didn’t think it would be this quick. The thought of not being able to go and watch them anymore one day is a real downer.