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Disney+ offered up exciting details about Marvel’s upcoming small screen slate, including the highly-anticipated Moon Knight series starring Oscar Isaac, during the first-ever Disney+ Day on Friday, November 12. Updates were given on 12 titles total, including the likes of Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Agatha: House of Harkness. Plus, Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk gives an update on season 2 plans for Netflix’s global hit, new trailers for Stranger Things 4 and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 15, and more of the biggest news in TV and streaming this week.
Closing out 2021 is Hawkeye, the next Avenger to make the leap from the big screen to TV. The series, which is set to drop its first two episodes to Disney+ on Wednesday, November 24, follows Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) as he does his best to reconnect with his family during Christmas. The holiday season won’t be easy for him, however, given the old enemies who resurface for revenge. To help fight his battles, Barton partners up with a young archer named Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld). As you’d expect, chaos ensues. The program also stars Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, and newcomer Alaqua Cox.
Moon Knight will deliver big on the action and adventure as former U.S. Marine Marc Spector (Oscar Isaac), an unlikely hero who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, finds himself smack dab in the midst of a war of the gods in both modern-day and ancient Egypt. The series is coming to Disney+ in 2022.
She-Hulk brings Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany back to genre television. Here, she stars as She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters, a lawyer who specializes in legal cases of the superhuman variety. The comedy series will feature appearances of fan-favorite Marvel characters including Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk and Tim Roth’s Abomination. It’s set to drop to Disney+ in 2022.
The streamer also dropped a first look for Ms. Marvel. The highly-anticipated program finally brings Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She’s just your average Pakistani-American teenage girl who loves gaming, writing fan-fiction and idolizing Captain Marvel. This coming-of-age tale follows Kamala as she strives to find where she fits in the world until the day she acquires superpowers of her own. Ms. Marvel will premiere on Disney+ in summer 2022.
Here are more of the Marvel shows announcements during Disney+ Day:
● Echo stars newcomer Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez, who will first show up in Hawkeye.
● Ironheart stars Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams and follows a genius inventor who builds the most advanced suit of armor since Iron Man.
● Secret Invasion brings Samuel L. Jackson‘s Nick Fury back for one more ride, opposite Ben Mendelsohn‘s Talos, who first met in Captain Marvel. The crossover event series will feature the syndicate of shape-shifting aliens known as Skrulls.
● X-Men ‘97 is an animated Marvel series that explores new stories in the celebrated ’90s timeline of the original X-Men series.
● What If…? is coming back with a second season. Following the introduction of the Guardians of the Multiverse and their mission to take Infinity Ultron down, The Watcher will return to meet new heroes and explore even more alternate realities in the MCU’s ever-expanding Multiverse.
● Spider-Man: Freshman Year is another animated exploration of everyone’s favorite web-slinger. But this time around, viewers will follow Peter Parker as he slowly approaches his destiny to become Spider-Man with a storytelling style that celebrates the character’s comic book beginnings.
● I Am Groot is a series of original shorts following Baby Groot as he grows up, stumbling through all the troublesome awkwardness of childhood along the way.
● Marvel Zombies asks the question, “What if there were zombies in the MCU?” The animated series reimagines the Marvel Universe and introduces a new generation of heroes to battle the undead.
Disney+ Day also included updates on Disney, Muppets, National Geographic, and Star Wars titles, including Obi-Wan Kenobi and The Book of Boba Fett. The Disney+ Day YouTube playlist provides more looks at upcoming titles — see it here.
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Netflix’s hit Korean series, Squid Game will get a second season, series creator Hwang Dong-hyuk revealed in an interview with the Associated Press.
“There’s been so much pressure, so much demand and so much love for a second season,” Dong-hyuk said. “So I almost feel like you leave us no choice. I will say there will indeed be a second season.”
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) November 9, 2021
Dong-hyuk said he is currently “in the planning process” and that he has it all in his head. No other information regarding episode count or premiere date was revealed. And while the jury’s still out on returning cast members, he did confirm the return of Lee Jung-jae’s Seong Gi-Hun (aka Player 456).
“Gi-Hun will come back,” he said, “and he will do something for the world.”
Stranger Things dropped the latest season 4 teaser during Netflix’s big Stranger Things Day celebration giving a fresh look at the lives of Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Will (Noah Schnapp), Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), and Joyce (Winona Ryder) as they do their best to settle into their lives in sunny California. Of course, as it usually goes with everyone’s favorite spooky series, things get a bit chaotic rather quickly. Explosions, car chases, and creepy dolls give a glimpse at a season that is sure to pack some big thrills and excitement once it premieres in summer 2022.
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Jennifer Garner has been tapped to replace Julia Roberts in Apple’s upcoming drama series, The Last Thing He Told Me. The program is based on the book by Laura Dave and follows a woman who forms an unexpected bond with her 16-year-old stepdaughter while looking for answers regarding the mysterious disappearance of her husband. (Variety)
The cast for Apple TV’s upcoming climate change anthology series Extrapolations just keeps growing. This week, it was announced that Edward Norton, Indira Varma, Keri Russell, Cherry Jones, and Michael Gandolfini have all signed onto the project. Norton will play scientist Jonathan Chopin, Gandolfini will play his computer programmer son Rowan, Varma is inventor Gita Mishra, and Russell is gun for hire, Olivia Drew. (Variety)
Fresh off her starring role in Netflix’s animated series Inside Job, Lizzy Caplan has joined Paramount+’s series adaptation of Fatal Attraction as Alex, the character Glenn Close played opposite Michael Douglas in the original movie. The program is being described as a “deep-dive reimagining of the film that will explore the timeless themes of marriage and infidelity through the lens of modern attitudes towards strong women, personality disorders, and coercive control.”
Noah Centineo’s upcoming (and yet-to-be-titled) Netflix CIA drama has continued to fill out its cast. Aside from Centineo, who stars and executive produces the series, the espionage thriller will feature the likes of Daniel Quincy Annoh, Kristian Bruun, Colton Dunn, Laura Haddock, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Aarti Mann, Byron Mann, Angel Parker, Fivel Stewart, Linus Roache, and Kaylah Zander. (Variety)
Kim Cattrall may be sitting out the Sex and the City sequel series, but she’s definitely keeping busy. The Golden Globe winner has joined the cast of Peacock’s Queer As Folk reboot. Cattrall will recur in the program as a character described as “a martini-soaked, high-society Southern debutante with trailer-park roots.”
Netflix has filled five of the starring roles of its upcoming live-action adaptation of One Piece, the popular Japanese manga series. Iñaki Godoy will play Monkey D. Luffy, Mackenyu is Roronoa Zoro, Emily Rudd will play Nami, Jacob Romero Gibson is Usopp, and Taz Skylar will be Sanji.
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Lena Dunham, Ruth Wilson, and Dennis Lehane have teamed up to develop a limited series from the popular Stitcher podcast Mob Queens. The show will follow Anna Genovese (Wilson), a fixture in the Village’s drag bar scene in the 1930s who is most known as the second wife to infamous crime boss Vito Genovese. She later broke Cosa Nostra law after snitching about her ex-husband’s illegal dealings during their divorce hearings. Dunham will co-write, director, and executive produce the project. (Variety)
Alanis Morissette’s life is about to get the sitcom treatment at ABC. The single-camera series, titled Relatable, will be executive produced by Morissette who will also create original music for the show. (Variety)
NBC is bringing Night Court back to television. The follow-up series to the classic ’80s legal sitcom of the same name will star Melissa Rauch as the daughter of Judge Harry Stone (Harry Anderson) who has taken over his spot on the bench. John Larroquette will reprise his role as Dan Fielding. The revival is set to hit television during the 2022-23 season. (Deadline)
Netflix has ordered Saturday Morning All-Star Hits, a quirky hybrid comedy series from Saturday Night Live alum Kyle Mooney, and Ben Jones. The program, which is a mix of adult animated segments and live-action, is being described as a celebration of television of the ’80s and ’90s. The series will find twin brother hosts Skip and Treybor (both played by Mooney) guiding viewers on a bonkers nostalgic trip through the Saturday Morning cartoon experience of yesteryear. The eight-episode series will debut on Netflix on Dec. 10.
True Crime is big business at Netflix. Case in point: Joe Berlinger’s Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel brought big viewing numbers to the streamer in its first month. Due to its popularity, Netflix has renewed the anthology for three more seasons, setting its next season, Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer, for a December 29 premiere. The next three-episode installment will shine a light on the seedy nature of New York’s Times Square in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and explore how that environment enabled a man to commit heinous acts in a region that was once notoriously lawless and rife with drugs and sex work.