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Disney+ just launched on November 12, 2019, so December 2019 will be its first full month in existence. So now what? After the first flush of excitement at all of the content available, you have to wonder, what else is new? Well, Disney+ is doing what most other streamers do and announcing new movies and TV shows monthly.
Some of the new stuff coming in December 2019 just continues what was set up in the first month — including new episodes of the breakout Star Wars TV show The Mandalorian and its Season 1, Episode 8 finale. (We are going to be starved for new Baby Yoda memes until Season 2 arrives later in 2020.)
Thor: Ragnarok and Star Wars: The Last Jedi are arriving on Disney+ right after they leave Netflix. Unfortunately, that does mean Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be in theaters before the previous movie arrives on Disney/Lucasfilm’s streaming service.
Other than that? A few new things here and there, but after Disney+ posted the tweet below about its new December 2019 content, it was flooded with the kind of responses Netflix has been enjoying for years now — when are you getting THIS or THAT? Other major movies are scheduled out for later in 2020 (and beyond) so you can check this list for that intel.
Here’s a rundown of what Disney+ is adding in December 2019, from its video post and press release on content for the next few weeks:
Sunday, December 1
• Henry Hugglemonster (seasons 1-2) • Miles From Tomorrowland (seasons 1-3) • Sheriff Callie’s Wild West (seasons 1-2) • Star vs. The Forces of Evil (seasons 1-4) • The Lion Guard (season 3) • Expedition Amelia • Garfield: The Movie • Glory Road • The Incredible Dr. Pol (season 15) • The Incredible Dr. Pol: Blue Ribbon Kids • The Incredible Dr. Pol: Jingle Pols • Incredible! The Story of Dr. Pol • Just Like Me! (seasons 1-2) • Marvel Rising: Chasing Ghosts • Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron
Friday, December 6
• The Mandalorian Chapter 5 – The Mandalorian helps a rookie bounty hunter who is in over his head. • High School Musical: The Musical: The Series – Episode 105 – “Homecoming” • Encore! – Episode 105 – “Annie Get Your Gun” • Marvel’s Hero Project – Episode 105 – “Mighty Rebekah” • The Imagineering Story – Part 5 – “A Carousel of Progress” • The World According to Jeff Goldblum – Episode 105 – “BBQ” • Disney Family Sundays – Episode 105 • One Day At Disney (new shorts) • Pixar in Real Life: Finding Dory Aquarium Escape • Forky Asks A Question: “What is Love?”
Wednesday, December 11
• Alice: Through the Looking Glass
Friday, December 13
• The Mandalorian Chapter 6 – The Mandalorian joins a crew of mercenaries on a dangerous mission. • High School Musical: The Musical: The Series – Episode 106 – “What Team?” • Encore! – Episode 106 – “Oklahoma!” • Marvel’s Hero Project – Episode 106 – “Make Way For Jahkil” • Disney Family Sundays – Episode 106 • The Imagineering Story – Finale – Part 6 – “To Infinity and Beyond” • The World According to Jeff Goldblum – Episode 106 – “Gaming” • One Day At Disney (new shorts) • Forky Asks A Question: “What is a Computer?” • SparkShorts: “Wind”
Friday, December 20
• George of the Jungle 2 • Togo • The Mandalorian Chapter 7 • The World According to Jeff Goldblum – Episode 107 • High School Musical: The Musical: The Series – Episode 107 • Encore! – Episode 107 • Marvel’s Hero Project – Episode 107 • Disney Family Sundays – Episode 107 • Forky Asks A Question (new short) • Pick of the Litter – Episode 101
Thursday, December 26
• Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Friday, December 27
• The Mandalorian Chapter 8 (Season 1 finale) • High School Musical: The Musical: The Series – Episode 108 • Encore! – Episode 108 • The World According to Jeff Goldblum – Episode 108 • Marvel’s Hero Project – Episode 108 • Disney Family Sundays – Episode 108 • One Day At Disney (new shorts) • Forky Asks A Question (new short) • Pick of the Litter – Episode 102
So that’s the basic rundown of what’s coming to Disney+ in December 2019 before we get more updates on new content for the January 2020 new year. Of course, Disney+ opened its doors with a huge amount of content — from the Disney/Pixar/Marvel/Lucasfilm/NatGeo library, along with some new original films and shows. Content-wise, Netflix still has the edge on new originals, but we’ll have to see where Disney+ is one year from now.
The Irishman may have marked a turning point for Netflix. Though the film has become the subject of more than one intense debate, it’s also unquestionably one of the most prestigious films the streaming platform-cum-studio has produced. According to one of The Irishman’s producers, the film was as much a strategic move for Netflix as it was a gamble. The company’s executives pursued The Irishman precisely because they were looking for a masterpiece.
Gaston Pavlovich has worked closely with Martin Scorsese since his production company, Fabrica de Cine, financed his 2016 film Silence. After the director decided to make The Irishman, he reached out to the producer to enlist his help once more. But it wasn’t easy to find other financial help, in Hollywood or elsewhere. He told Forbes that everyone he spoke to saw The Irishman as a risk that they weren’t willing to take:
The Irishman tells the true story of Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), a hit man with close ties to Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) and the Teamsters. And it follows him through several decades of his life, and into old age. Gaston Pavlovich credits Netflix with understanding that The Irishman was a gamble, and still choosing to invest in it. He says they were fully supportive throughout the process, even after he informed Netflix executives that the film could be more than three hours long:
Critics seem to think that Netflix got what it was looking for with The Irishman. Netflix viewers seem to be a bit more mixed on whether or not the film is a masterpiece. But if nothing else, distributing The Irishman has once again made Netflix one of the most talked about entities in the film industry. As we careen toward Oscar season, it’s clear The Irishman will continue to be a topic of conversation.
When it comes to the MCU, there are always a ton of moving parts. That’s part of the reason why the team behind Avengers: Endgame faced a unique challenge — and had to make a key change to Captain Marvel’s suit before the film hit theaters.
In a new book, The Art of Avengers: Endgame, Marvel’s Director of Visual Development Andy Park delves into the nitty gritty details of how they bring the MCU to life on the big screen. And he revealed that the Captain Marvel suit we first see Carol Danvers in was not the first suit they put her in. According to him, the decision to change it up was all in the timing:
Avengers: Endgame filming initially took place immediately following Avengers: Infinity War, between August 2017 and January 2018. Reshoots occurred throughout the remainder of 2018 and into early 2019. Captain Marvel’s principal photography lasted between March 2018 and July 2018. And the Endgame filmmakers found themselves in a unique position. Initially, Marvel planned to film Carol Danvers’ debut film before Endgame. But a shift in schedule meant they filmed Brie Larson’s Endgame scenes before she started work on Captain Marvel.
Between three films being shot in such quick succession, The Snap, and the decades of difference between the Avengers films and Captain Marvel, it’s easy to see how costuming got complicated. Early set photos from Captain Marvel revealed Brie Larson in a version of the suit that was decidedly different than what fans expected. And the creative team behind Avengers: Endgame have also revealed that another version of Carol Danver’s suit was considered. Since we still don’t know when to expectCaptain Marvel 2, we’ll have to wait to see how her suit evolves.
I’m tired of having to figure out how to balance my checkbook just so I can keep and/or acquire Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, CBS All Access, Apple TV, and, most recently, Disney+. When it was announced that WandaVision, Loki, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and several other new Marvel shows are on the way soon, it’s hard not to let out an exasperated sigh. Especially when it was announced that we need to watch them to understand upcoming blockbusters like Doctor Strange 2.
As everyone and their corporate-friendly brother is looking to get into the streaming game, we’re veering dangerously close into content overload. The number of streaming services providing original content right now — or promising to release original content on their forthcoming streaming services — is staggeringly high. There is no way to keep up with everything out there, and I’m tired.
As Marvel Studios Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige noted in an interview earlier this month, people will need to keep up with at least a couple of the Marvel shows on Disney+ in order to follow the timeline set forth in MCU Phase 4. Specifically, Feige noted that the events in WandaVision and Loki, for instance, will play a hand in upcoming blockbusters, including Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
For some fans, there will be no objections. It’s more Marvel content, they’ll say, and the more the merrier, in their view. More power to them. If they want to keep up with everything and anything that’s set to be released by this media conglomerate, that’s totally fine. I’m not here to step on anyone’s toes or tell them not to watch these brand new shows.
I’m not against the new Disney+ Marvel shows. I’m very excited to see She-Hulk, for instance, and I’m wildly curious to find out how they’ll translate Moon Knight to the screen. But in my view, by making viewers see these shows are pre-requisites for what will happen in the cinematic universe, Marvel is basically expecting viewers to do homework just so they can go to the movies without feeling lost. In addition to keeping up with the 20-plus movies in their extended cinematic universe, the producers also want viewers to watch even more hours of content just to stay privy to the world inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The mere thought of it is exhausting. Sometimes, you feel the need to put down your foot and simply say, “No.”
In life, you have to pick your battles. This is one battle I must fight. Maybe I’ll change my mind later down the road. Maybe the trailers for Loki and WandaVision will convince me to check them out. But for now, I must say, I don’t want to watch a bunch of shows just so I can understand the plot for Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. I have a life to live, believe it or not. I don’t want it to be filled almost exclusively with Marvel content.
The Desire To Make Marvel’s Disney+ Shows A Necessity Is Taxing
Ultimately, it’s possible that Kevin Feige’s words were misconstrued. It’s possible that the head producer of Marvel meant that, in order for fans to have a full understanding of the movies ahead, they’ll need to know what’s happening with Loki or Scarlet Witch in the streaming shows. That would suggest that, for instance, there might be one or two scenes where you turn to your buddy and ask them what the hell that meant, but otherwise, you can follow the plot well enough. That’s what I’m hoping for, at least. But if it really requires everyone to get a Disney+ subscription and watch hours upon hours of streaming TV just so they can know the intricacies of Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness … I’m sorry, but that’s a tall order.
Movies aren’t meant to be equations. You shouldn’t need many separate variables in order to follow the plot. The joy of going to the movies is that you can put the world in your rearview mirror for a few hours and get caught up in a bold, dynamic vision or swept into a world outside of our own. Well, unless you’re watching a documentary, of course. Nevertheless, if you make it a mandate for viewers to keep up with every new Marvel shows that’s available on Disney+, the producers will drastically limit whatever consistent engagement viewers can have with their newest blockbusters. As I said before, there will obviously be folks who’ll gobble up anything Marvel puts out without any hesitation. But that should be the exception, not the norm.
I never watched a single episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or Agent Carter, and that didn’t prevent me from understanding the plot of Avengers: Infinity War or Avengers: Endgame. Just because the cinematic universe is now making a leap into the world of streaming content doesn’t meant that viewers must automatically be glued into all the promised shows just to stay on top of everything that’s happening on the big screen. It feels very taxing to me.
This Decision Feels Like A Ploy To Get People To Buy Disney+
Listen, Disney is a giant corporation. This is not a secret and it shouldn’t be a revelation. Making money is the bottom line for this conglomerate, plain and simple. They will do whatever it takes to get people’s money streamlined into the pockets. Whether it’s endless merchandise, an extended history of releasing direct-to-DVD sequels, countless promotional efforts for their products, not to mention shameless efforts to play into people’s nostalgia, or what-have-you, Disney wants to have your money in their hands. That’s the way it has always been; Disney+ is simply a new coat of paint in this ongoing process. Remember the Disney Vault? Disney+ is the next evolution of the Disney Vault, in many respects. This should come to no surprise.
With that said, Kevin Feige telling people that watching the Marvel shows on Disney+ is practically a requirement for their upcoming movies feels like a dirty ploy to get people to buy into their streaming service. Why settle for your boring ole’ Netflix subscription when you can get Disney+ and keep up with Marvel’s latest stream of new shows. It contains all the details you NEED to know for the next Marvel movie. Take out your credit card or sign on the bottom line. It feels nakedly transparent. And, again, that’s nothing new for Disney. But it doesn’t make the whole effort feel any less cynical either.
That’s not to say that the streaming shows were designed solely to sell merchandise or get people to buy a giant corporation’s streaming service. But it’s hard not to feel like these billionaires want people to throw as much of their hard-earned cash their way as they’re willing to give in order to keep their money bath flowing. This quote from Kevin Feige suggest that the lucrative company wants Marvel to remain profitable through extra expenses. Maybe my commitment to the brand isn’t strong enough? Maybe I’m not a big enough Marvel head to appreciate the bountiful gift given to us? But it is hard for me to see Kevin Feige’s words as anything other than a ploy to get people to subscribe to yet another streaming service to keep profits up.
It Feels Like Marvel Is Trying To Dictate My Viewing Habits
In our age of constant content, it’s hard to pick through the weeds and figure out what to watch. But one of the beautiful things about our digital day-and-age is that you have a bountiful stream of movies and shows available to you at the touch of a button. You should be forgiven if you haven’t had the time to watch The Americans, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, or Fleabag since there is so much good stuff out there, how can you possibly pick and choose what you watch? (But seriously, you should watch Fleabag. It’s great. Just sayin’.) Everyone has their own choice of shows to watch. Nobody should be forced to watch any one show because, honestly, how can you be expected to keep up with everything available out there? It’s impossible.
Nevertheless, Marvel is trying its damnedest to make its content the nomenclature of the 21st century. Perhaps it already is? But in any case, the desire to force viewers to watch its streaming shows if they want to have a proper understanding of the upcoming MCU movies makes it feel like Marvel is assigning the world homework. Turn in your TV report by the end of the week. That’s not to say that the new shows won’t be entertaining or enjoyable in their own right. But it’s hard to muster up genuine enthusiasm for new shows that feels like a requirement rather than good, leisurely entertainment.
Again, I’m genuinely looking forward to watching She-Hulk, Moon Knight, and What If? whenever I get a chance to check them out. I’m not outright opposed to WandaVision, Loki, or The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on principal either. But when you have a producer telling people that they must watch something to understand something else, that strikes me as a commercial attempt to sell their streaming service rather than a convincing desire to get people to check out their streaming shows. I prefer the option of choosing to watch these TV series without making them feel like requirements.
These are just a few of the reasons why I’m not particularly jazzed about Marvel’s forthcoming run of streaming shows on Disney+. Once again, I don’t have anything against the shows themselves. I want to watch a few of them, and I’m willing to be persuaded to check out the other ones. But if Disney is going to make it seem like it is force-feeding its content down our throats, I’ve got the inclination to spit it back out. So no, I have no desire to watch these new streaming shows out of corporate demand. If that means I’m gonna be lost when it comes time to watch Doctor Strange 2, so be it.
As the final trilogy of the Skywalker Saga has progressed, each new installment has brought fan favorites from the original Star Wars movies back into the mix. The Force Awakens focused on Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher’s Han and Leia, The Last Jedi on Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker, and Rise of Skywalker will bring back Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian.
The actor who first charmed in The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 is returning to his iconic role almost 40 years later. He’s now 82 years old. His only worry was how to bring a powerful performance to wrap up Lando’s story and the entire saga. Here’s what he said:
Although we’d hate to think about it this way, Billy Dee Williams approached the return by giving all he had to Lando. Heading into Rise of Skywalker, fans know little about how the captain and sportsman will meet the new generation of rebels, except for released footage of him piloting the Millennium Falcon once again. Or how large his role will be? Some expect he will share lineage with another member of the cast. Could Naomi Ackie’s Jannah be his daughter?
Much like the rest of the cast, Billy Dee Williams isn’t giving anything away. But, here’s how he thought Lando might be doing in his later years:
Only time will tell how close to his prediction Rise of Skywalker will take the character but this sounds about right! Has he joined the Resistance or is he up to his old tricks? As we approach the release of Rise of Skywalker, there cannot possibly be enough Lando. When Esquire asked if the movie is his last planned appearance as the character, here’s what he had to say:
We’ll have to see how Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian adds to the franchise as it seeks to wrap up the stories of Rey, Kylo Ren, Finn, Poe Dameron, and Princess Leia as well.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20.
It was a surprise to Danica McKellar to hear her name invoked twice as part of the plot of Knives Out. Rian Johnson’s new movie just opened before Thanksgiving and it turns out The Wonder Years alum is referenced a couple of times — for her Hallmark movies.
Yes, after achieving fame in the early ’90s as Winnie Cooper, Danica McKellar is currently known for her many Hallmark Channel movies. That became a joke in the movie when two characters talked about “this Hallmark movie, called Deadly by Surprise, with Danica McKellar…” Danica McKellar and the (fake) Hallmark movie were referenced again near the end of the movie.
Danica McKellar has never been in a movie called Deadly by Surprise, but she just recently played a crime-solving matchmaker in Matchmaker Mysteries: A Killer Engagement. Before that, she had a string of Hallmark movies called Love and Sunshine, Christmas at Grand Valley, Love in Design, Coming Home for Christmas, Campfire Kiss, My Christmas Dream, and more.
Danica McKellar was tipped off about her inclusion in Knives Out and told IBT it was “awesome” and flattering and she had to go check it out. Once she did she the movie, she went on social media to praise Knives Out and talk about the surreal experience of being referenced as part of the plot:
Rian Johnson wrote and directed Knives Out, so he was the one who added Danica McKellar to the movie — twice. He replied to and shared her excited post:
Knives Out has more fans than just Winnie Cooper (OK, Danica McKellar). It’s getting rave reviews from fans and critics. And it’s expecting to make a lot more money in this opening weekend than originally thought.
Keep up with everything still headed to the big screen this year with our 2019 movie release date schedule. If you’re into murder mysteries, here are a few more whodunit movies to watch. As for Danica McKellar? She has another Christmas movie lined up, Christmas at Dollywood, which will air at 8 p.m. Sunday, December 8 on the Hallmark Channel.
When Robert Pattinson signed on to star as Edward Cullen in 2008’s Twilight, he had no idea just how much it would change his life. He saw the $37 million budget project to be no different from the other small-budget flicks he often gravitates toward. He thought the vampire romance was a “a weird story” (and let’s be honest… it totally is). Yet, Twilight became a cultural phenomenon, and the actor became a famed heartthrob overnight.
The odds of topping the craze the Twilight franchise back in the day does seem slim. When you’re at the center of a franchise based on anything with a preteen audience, the hype is going to skyrocket. Think the Beatles – any major boy band really. That’s the kind of stardom Twilight propelled its stars to. Batman has a huge massive fanbase, but it they don’t quite give off the same energy.
As the now 33-year-old Robert Pattinson told The Today Show, he just doesn’t think it’s possible for him to walk into any brighter of a spotlight then he was met with for Twilight. He does hope The Batman fans don’t end up showing up at his doorstep. It seems to have happened quite a few times in the era of his vampire role.
One time when he was in Spain filming a movie, a stalker wouldn’t let up for weeks. She just kept showing up every single day. Funny enough, Robert Pattinson said he was “so bored and lonely” in the foreign country he decided to have dinner with her. He apparently ended up complaining about his life and boring her so much he said “she never came back.”
Ten years later, he still doesn’t think he’s interesting enough to be watched and prayed on by fans. It’s all good, Rob – you’re not expected to entertain them or anything! Just call the cops, the movies will do that job.
Robert Pattinson is currently getting in shape for Matt Reeves’ The Batman, training in jiu-jitsu and doing comic research. The movie coming in summer 2021 will also feature Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as Riddler, Andy Serkis as Alfred, Colin Farrell as Penguin, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon.
Are you excited to see Robert Pattinson don the cape and cowl for The Batman? Sound off in the comments below!
Vin Diesel and his #DadBod have a busy schedule ahead. He just wrapped Fast & Furious 9, which was the longest filming shoot of his career so far. It really did seem to go on forever! He’s “immensely proud” of the results, though, which we’ll see in May 2020. Now he’s ready for more action in his other major franchises roles — including Xander Cage, Richard B. Riddick, Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Bloodshot, and maybe more from Kaulder of The Last Witch Hunter.
Vin Diesel took advantage of the Thanksgiving holidays to give thanks for his family and fans and career so far. He updated everyone on what’s next for him — via a shirtless workout photo (because of course):
Let’s break down what should be coming next for this action hero.
• Bloodshot – release date: February 21, 2020. Bloodshotrecently shared its first trailer, and we should be hearing a lot more about the Valiant Comics superhero pretty soon. Vin Diesel has the lead role as Ray Garrison/Bloodshot, with co-stars including Eiza González, Sam Heughan, Toby Kebbell, and Guy Pearce. If the movie ends up doing well, I’m sure they’ll talk about a sequel.
• Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – release date: Unconfirmed date in 2022. He is Groot. Groot will return with the gang when James Gunn’s third Guardians movie heads to the MCU. When will that be? It was supposed to be in 2020, but Disney fired Gunn and before they rehired him he signed up to make DC’s The Suicide Squad. So he’s busy with that now at the end of 2019 and he’ll start Guardians 3 when that’s done.
• Riddick 4 – release date – ??? Vin Diesel has been talking about a fourth Riddick film for a while, and earlier this year he shared a video showing off a script titled Riddick 4 Furya:
There’s also been talk about a Riddickspinoff TV series called Merc City. Riddick 4 will follow Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick, and Riddick, which came out in 2013.
• xXx 4 – release date – ??? XXX: Return of Xander Cage came out in 2017 as the third movie in the franchise. Vin Diesel is moving forward with a fourth film, and this time last year Deadline reported that actor Jay Chou and actress Zoe Zhang were cast for xXx 4. Earlier this year, Diesel asked fans who else should join the next xXx movie and got some wild responses.
• Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 – release dates: December 17, 2021 and December 22, 2023. Apparently Vin Diesel has a role in James Cameron’s Avatar sequels? I guess? Cameron has up to Avatar 5 planned with release dates, but Avatar 4 and 5 depend on the success of Avatar 2 and 3. Those first two sequels were filmed at the same time, and they just wrapped for 2019. It may be a while before we see a trailer and hear anything about Diesel’s role.
• The Last Witch Hunter 2 – release date: ??? Not sure what’s going on here, but shortly before The Last Witch Hunter came out in 2015, Vin Diesel posted to Facebook that Universal wanted him to commit and block out time to film the sequel. That was four years ago, and the movie didn’t make a ton of money on its release — $147 million worldwide, with only $27.3M from the domestic box office. But if he’s bringing it up now, maybe there are still discussions going on for the future of Witch Hunter. There are only about 9 million streaming services available if they decide to go that route. Just saying.
So that’s a lot. I’m excited to see Fast & Furious 9. I’m all aboard that hype train, which will also lead to Fast & Furious 10. Not 100% sure I’m ready for everything else yet — except for Guardians 3, of course — so we wait and see. Keep up with everything heading to the big screen next year with our 2020 movie release date schedule.
Few films from this decade have become as synonymous with failure as Disney’s John Carter. The 2012 sci-fi epic was a costly endeavor, and ended up being one of the studio’s biggest bombs. And the ensuing headlines called Taylor Kitsch’s rising star into question. But now that the dust has settled, the actor has realized that thanks to Netflix, John Carter is finding a new audience that’s willing to give it a chance.
Taylor Kitsch has tried a bit of everything as an actor — from critically-acclaimed TV dramas to movies that have been almost universally panned. He sat down with The Hollywood Reporter for an introspective conversation about his career highs and lows. When asked about John Carter, he told the magazine he made it clear that he doesn’t regret making the film. And he shared that he thinks the movie is resonating with people, despite the initial backlash:
Taylor Kitsch’s perspective on John Carter, and his other career mishaps, is refreshing. And he spoke to a hard fact that is easy to forget — that sometimes, we focus more on the narrative about a movie than we do on the movie itself. He went on to tell THR that he has nothing but love for his experience with John Carter:
After he became a breakout star on Friday Night Lights, it seemed like Hollywood was positioning Taylor Kitsch as the next A-list action hero. But after the one-two punch of Battleship and John Carter, he shifted gears and began to focus on character-driven projects, like Lone Survivor, Waco, and his latest film, 21 Bridges. And despite the renewed interest in his sci-fi warrior past, he seems to be focused on the future. He’s ruled out an FNL reunion, so it’s safe to guess he probably wouldn’t want a part in any John Carter reboot, either.
Marvel Studios Head of Visual Development Ryan Meinerding recently shared this concept art featuring Young Thanos from a preteen to a young adult. Check it out:
Never thought you’d see a social media post throwing back Thanos long before he became the Avengers’ most serious adversary to date, did you? The age progression we’ll never unsee was created by the Marvel artist at a point in development when the Mad Titan’s backstory was going to be delved into for Avengers: Endgame.
As Ryan Meinerding notes, the labels up top that say 13 years old, 17 years old and 22 years old weren’t to signify his actual age – but what he appears to be at these statures.Thanos may have already been at the age of 100 by the time he looked 13. You know, like how Baby Yoda is 50 years old in The Mandalorian! Speaking of babies, check out this actual concept art of Baby Thanos:
Marvel concept designer Ian Joyner shared the questionably adorable villain to coincide with Ryan Meinerding’s reveal. The Head of Visual Development recently shared how at first there were plans to track Thanos’ life from birth and even show him “having an actual teen moment of being seven-foot tall awkward teenager.”
Ultimately, the Russo Brothers decided it wasn’t necessary to deep dive so far back into Thanos’ lifetime. His motivations are clear to “save the world” by wiping half of the population from existence. It wasn’t shown exactly what motivates the purple villain to do this. He watched his home planet of Titan become extinct before his eyes and he realizes this could happen to the universe if he doesn’t take action.
Thanos certainly has an interesting backstory and between his power and motivations, he became a great adversary for the team of heroes to realistically lose too and need to avenge. Too much story on the Mad Titan would have taken away from the many beloved characters featured in the epic.
Not to mention Avengers: Endgame already came out to an over three-hour runtime. Black Widow didn’t even get a proper funeral – an aspect about the movie the writers admit they regret. Maybe a deep dive into Thanos’ backstory could go on Disney+ if enough fans are interested? You can check out Avengers: Endgame exclusively streaming on the service now!