Today is a red-letter day for Disney property announcements: release dates have been set for the Disney+ series Loki and Star Wars: The Bad Batch, and the new Spider-Man film has a new name.
We’ll start with Spider-Man. Following a marketing stunt in which three different stars of the movie shared three fake movie names alongside initial images from the film on Instagram, the actual title for the new Spider-Man movie has been revealed in a cheeky Twitter video and blog post: Spider Man: No Way Home.
The fake names that had circulated previously included Spider-Man: Phone Home, Spider-Man: Home-Wrecker, and Spider-Man: Home Slice.
Spider-Man: No Way Home will premiere on December 17, 2021.
And speaking of release dates and Marvel characters, the Disney+ series Loki premieres June 11. The series had been previously announced, but this is the first time we know the exact day to expect the first episode.
Here’s Marvel Studios’ description of the series:
Loki features the God of Mischief as he steps out of his brother’s shadow in a new series that takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Tom Hiddleston returns as the title character, joined by Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku, and Richard E. Grant. Kate Herron directs Loki, and Michael Waldron is head writer.
But Disney’s plethora of announcements today is not limited to Marvel. The new Star Wars animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch will hit Disney+ on that marketer-and-fan-conceived Star Wars holiday May the 4th.
The first episode will premiere that day, while the second will hit shortly after on May 7. From then on, new episodes will go live each Friday.
The series is produced by Dave Filoni, Athena Portillo, Bead Rau, Jennifer Corbett, Carrie Beck, and Josh Rimes—all of whom worked on one prior animated series or another, such as Star Wars: The Clone Wars or Star Wars Resistance. Filoni also directed multiple episodes of The Mandalorian.
Here’s Disney’s synopsis:
The series follows the elite and experimental troopers of Clone Force 99 (first introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch, as they prefer to be called—a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army—each possess a singular exceptional skill, which makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew.
Disney+ still has more Star Wars and Marvel content coming, including The Book of Boba Fett, Star Wars: Andor, Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: The Acolyte, Star Wars: Ashoka, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, What If?, Moon Knight, She-Hulk, Secret Invasion, Ironheart, Armor Wars, and I Am Groot.
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