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Wednesday, 13 January 2021
As it turned 2:00am on Friday 11th December 2020, I was laying in bed unable to sleep when my phone starting to buzz with notifications...a lot of notifications. I knew Disney were going to make a few announcements but oh my gosh I, like most of the fandom(s), was not ready for what was unleashed.

Just to clarify: SPOILER ALERT!

WandaVision

With a brand new trailer debut, this series is an exclusive to Disney Plus. Bringing back Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany as Vision. This is a sitcom styled series and from the trailer it seems we will be going through the decades. I believe they are starting with the 1950's and I'm already getting "I Love Lucy" vibes. 
This takes place after Avengers Endgame, which we know wasn't the happiest ending for Wanda and Vision. With superhero movies, you don't naturally always get an in depth look at the romantic lives of the characters and it seems Marvel is giving us a little bit more of that with this series. Landing 15th January 2021, I'm interested to see where they take this. 

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

I have been waiting for news on this series! With filming shutting down early 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, this has been dubbed the biggest Disney Plus original series. Those in the fandom have been bubbling with excitement and anxiety over it. Another series taking place after Avengers Endgame, the fun, wind up and banter filled relationship between Sam and Bucky that we first saw in Captain America: Civil War is back. 
In all honesty after Chris Evans left the role of Captain America I was heartbroken. Captain America is my favourite Marvel character and although I appreciate them keeping it close to the comics I do wish they left it open. Nonetheless, seeing Anthony Mackie as Sam come into the role as "the new Captain America" is exciting and I ponder to whether they'll mix some of the comic avenues because I'd love to see Redwing. 
Bucky, after being in Wakanda and getting back control over himself, it'll be interesting to see how he comes to acclimatize to the modern world as he didn't take the option of going back in time himself during Endgame. Scheduled for 19th March 2021, it'll consist of six episodes. 

Loki

Internally screaming and fangirling as it was gone 2:00am when I saw this trailer, my heart couldn't take it. Tom Hiddleston is reprising his role and in all honesty, they couldn't of done this series any other way. Again, this takes place after Avengers Endgame but the timeline is a little skewed so it'll be interesting to see not only where but when he turns up. This series has been described as a "crime-thriller" which after seeing the court scene with the TVA before flicking to Loki spinning his daggers and then finishing with what looks like an undercover mission, I would say it is an accurate description. 
This silver tongue, god of mischief always has something up his sleeve. The flashes of cities in destruction and a red head (who I'm praying is Natasha Romanoff) sitting at the bottom of what looks like the cliff on Vormir, I can see this series opening up a whole new can of worms. 
Coming May 2021, my birthday month, it's the best present! 

Hawkeye

Another series pushed back because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Jeremy Renner is reprising his role as Hawkeye. Also after Avengers Endgame, Kevin Feige has said that the inspiration from the series came from Matt Fractions Hawkeye comics, published between 2012 and 2015. What has been announced is Hailee Steinfeld's involvement as Kate Bishop, who is being trained by Hawkeye to take over the mantle. There has been a lot of talk about the Hawkeye series being the Ant-Man of the new Disney Plus Marvel Series world. Some say it sounds like it'll be a bad idea but will be brilliant and then others question if it'll live up to the hype.
I think this is going to be a killer series. Scheduled for Fall 2021, I'm keeping my fingers crossed it isn't delayed any further!

What If...?

An animated take on our favourite Marvel characters, it's as the title suggests, a whole host of What If's. I already love the idea of Peggy Carter as a female super soldier and can't wait to see a young T'Challa explore the world with Yondu. 
I'm also in such a bittersweet mood with it, after losing Chadwick Boseman. I'm keeping my fingers crossed it lives up to the hype and that those in the fandom come to love their characters in animated form. Expected to be released mid-2021, there are 10 episodes and a plan for 10 more to be developed.

Ms Marvel

To be part of Marvel Phase 4, this is an exclusive series to Disney Plus and is based on Kamala Khan as Ms Marvel. A newer character in the Marvel comic superhero world, Kevin Feige announced Iman Vellani as the 16 year old Pakistani-American from Jersey City. 
He also let on that Kamala Khan will appear in Captain Marvel 2. Already from the trailer you can see the 16 year old going through the normal coming of age confusion of who they are, what they want, who they'll be...etc and then having all the superhero stuff on top. I cannot wait to see how they not only bring this character to life but how she intertwines into the Cinematic Universe. Also scheduled for late 2021.

Black Widow

The Black Widow movie follows the events of Captain America: Civil War and see's Scarlett Johansson reprise her role as the spy turn Avenger. From the trailer we can see that Natasha will have to deal with the enemies of her spy past, including her time in The Red Room. I really like that we see her family in this too. Although I can see Black Widow being this amazing bad-ass superhero, not every superhero can do it alone. So seeing her family not only creates depth to the character but avoids any of the other Avengers being unnecessarily involved or the creation of new one show movie characters.
Delayed by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has a schedule date for the 7th May 2021 with the hope people will be able to go to the cinema to see it. There are rumours that you may be able to watch this at a premium rate on Disney Plus, but after the backlash of the Mulan Live Action costing an extra £19.99 and it under-performing, I personally don't see it being the avenue they choose. I'm thinking possible early DVD release.

Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings

No official trailer as of yet, but the release of the titles, casting and some possible test footage floating around the internet, we know Simu Liu is taking on the title character, Shang-Chi, who is referred to as the "Master of Kung Fu". I am really hoping this film is (for lack of a better way to say) a Marvel film and not a cheesy Kung Fu movie. The story of Shang-Chi almost has a dark Batman vibe to it. Raised in China and trained from infancy in martial arts by tutors and his father who, spoiler alert, turns out to be the villain in the comics, it'll be interesting to see how much of Shang-Chi's story you'll see and how much they may save for future productions. Throughout the many dimensions in the comic book world we do see Shang-Chi with other marvel characters such as Captain America, Captain Marvel and Spiderman. Although we know most of those storylines couldn't be explored due to the current timeline there are some which I think would be interesting to see play out on some of the new Disney Plus Series. Due 9th July 2021.

Eternals

Again, with no trailer as of yet, the Investors Day announcement gave us the titles, some of the cast and a possible release date for the 5th November 2021. This is another film delayed by the Covid-19 Pandemic and in all honesty, out of all the productions going on, this is the one I am most on the fence about.
So for a little back story; The Eternals are a part alien race who have lived on Earth for thousands of years after the Celestials came to Earth and experimented on humans. From these experimentation's you also got the Deviants, another part alien race who have a whole lot of evil intention. In this film, the Eternals come together to protect humanity from the Deviants after the events of Endgame.
It sparks a lot of Fantastic Four/Inhumans vibes in terms of storyline and character formation but this is where, in my opinion, Marvel took the wrong avenue. I was so excited for the Inhumans film, which then became a series, which then completely bombed.
The Inhumans has too many story lines in the comic world that making it an origins style stand alone film (possibly having a sequel) would of been better. The Eternals don't have that extensive comic world baseline and have three amazing comic series that would of been better explored as a TV series. With the amazing cast that has been announced for this, I think it could be good but have this feeling it could of been so much better. 

Untitled Spiderman 3 Film

I know Spiderman is currently under Sony but I couldn't leave it out of this post. With a due date of 17th December 2021, so far we have no titles or trailers but some confirmations of cast. Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon and Tony Revolori are all confirmed to reprise their roles. It is also confirmed that we will see Benedict Cumberbatch reprise his role of Doctor Strange for the yet to be titled Spiderman 3 production. Now there is A LOT of rumor going on that we will see both Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire reprise their Spiderman roles, as well as Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. When interviewed, Kevin Feige said "The biggest clue is the title of the second Doctor Strange movie. That's the biggest clue of where the Multiverse of Madness is taking us and how we're exploring that." Now that doesn't confirm anything for the upcoming Spiderman film but the rumours have sure created a major buzz amongst the fandom. 

That's everything Marvel, I'll be talking about Disney, Star Wars and Pixar in upcoming blog posts. 

As always, thanks for reading...
Wednesday, 6 January 2021
Well...I think it's fair to say that we are all glad to see the back of 2020!

2020 has been a strange one for us all... The biggest highlight for me was having stoma surgery, it means I am now able to have a better quality of life after essentially being housebound for three years. The lowest point has been COVID-19, I’m high risk and spent the majority of the year shielding...A fourth year taken. It’s how I’ll be going into 2021... shielding and I pray that I don’t add a fifth year. (Vaccine here I come!).

When it came to the blog, it had a huge overhaul and took quite a while as I found it hard to motivate myself. Then finding things I love to post about whilst being mindful that we are in a pandemic is hard.
When it came to the end of 2020 I actually didn't post anything Christmassy like gift guides or DIY's because of the pandemic. The world felt unsure still and I had an inkling that Christmas wouldn't be the same. I felt I could keep some of those posts for this year (hopefully) when Christmas felt more like Christmas and we could do more things with our family and friends.

What's in store for 2021? Well I usually take a break over January, but as I took a break over December I've got some blog posts planned to go up across the month. I don't limit myself on what I talk about, so be prepared for quite a mash of topics coming up!

As always, thanks for reading...

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