Walt Disney World’s FastPass+ System: What It Is And How To Use It

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There’s no place in the world quite like Walt Disney World. With four different theme parks, two water parks, and more hotels, shops and restaurants than you can count, there is so much to do and so much fun to be had. However, to get the most out of your Walt Disney World trip, you need to plan in advance, and that includes using the FastPass+ system to book your wait times early at the theme parks.

Nobody likes to wait in line, and while you probably won’t be able to avoid standing in a queue at all, you can severely cut down on your standing around time by using FastPass+ to its full potential. In this guide, we’ll be talking how to make the most of your trip using Disney’s helpful FastPass+ service.

Epcot Monorail

What Is Disney World’s FastPass+?

FastPass+ is Walt Disney World’s system that allows you to skip the line on most of the attractions that you’ll find at all four Walt Disney World theme parks, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios. It’s linked to your park ticket or MagicBand and allows you to book up to three FastPass+ windows per day of your Walt Disney World vacation in advance of your trip. This means you can schedule when you want to visit certain attractions, and you’ll end up in a much shorter line.

Epcot Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World

What Do You Need To Book FastPass+?

The first thing you need to do to use FastPass+ is sign up for an account on the Walt Disney World website. Each member of your party will need their own registration, but if individuals won’t need to access their account themselves, like minor children, their account can be set up so that one person will manage the account, like mom or dad. Once all the accounts are linked together, one person can book FastPasses for the entire group.

Next, each member of the group will need their own theme park ticket linked to their Disney account.

Finally, the third thing you need to consider is optional, but is quite valuable: a reservation at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel. If you have one, you can sign up for your FastPass+ times 60 days in advance, and you can sign up for every day of your vacation at once. If you’re not staying on property, you can only sign up for your FastPass+ times 30 days in advance, and you’ll need to sign up for each day of your trip separately.

Some of the most popular attractions like those at Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Pandora – The World of Avatar, will see all or most of their FastPasses get snapped up before the 30-day window opens.

Soarin' Around the World at Walt Disney World Epcot

How To Sign Up For FastPass+

FastPass+ opens up each day at 7:00 AM eastern time. This means if you live on the west coast, you’ll need to get up at 4:00 AM to get the first shot at the best times on the best rides.

On the day that you can sign up for FastPass+, 60 days before the first day your ticket is active if you’re staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, 30 days before if not, go to the Walt Disney World website, sign into your account, and then, under the My Disney Experience menu, select GetFastPass+.

Select every person in your party that you want to book a FastPass+ for, then select the date you want to book, then which park you want to book your FastPass+ for. All three of your FastPass+ selections have to be for the same theme park, so if you first book a FastPass+ for the Magic Kingdom, all three FastPasses for that day will have to be there as well.

After you select the park, you’ll be shown the list of available attractions and available times. Each attraction will give you a window of time that is one hour long. Simply select the first FastPass+ time that you want on your favorite attraction, confirm it, and then do that two more times.

There’s no way to book more than three FastPasses per day before your trip. However, once you’ve used your three scheduled FastPasses each day, you will be able to book more, one at a time, via either the Disney World app (more on that down below) or via the kiosks located within the Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios parks.

It's a Small World at Walt Disney World

How FastPass+ Works At The Different Parks

Signing up for FastPass+ at Magic Kingdom is easy, because all FastPasses are considered equal, but that’s no longer the case at the other three parks. At Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, attractions are broken up into Tier A and Tier B attractions, and you can only use one of your daily FastPasses on a Tier A attraction when signing up in advance. Here are the Tier A attractions at the three parks, anything not listed is in Tier B. It can get a little complicated, so please make sure you take a look over the list.

Epcot: Frozen Ever After, Test Track, Soarin’, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, Character Meet and Greet
Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey
Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, Toy Story Mania

Walt Disney World Fireworks

How Do You Use FastPass+ Best?

FastPass+ can be intimidating, especially if you’ve never used it before. There are so many options, and if this is your first trip to Walt Disney World or your first trip with FastPass+, it seems impossible to know a month before your vacation just what you’re going to want to do. So how do you know what to schedule? Here are some tips to keep in mind.

What to schedule first: Those Tier A FastPasses are all for the most popular rides, so you’ll want to be sure to grab those first if they’re available. Specifically, grab Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom and Slinky Dog Dash at Hollywood Studios as those are the most popular rides at those parks with the longest lines.

At Magic Kingdom, be sure to grab the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, as that will be the first to go there. At Epcot, you can grab either Test Track, Frozen Ever After, or Soarin,’ whichever is the more attractive ride to your party.

Book early in the day, but not too early: It’s tempting to book a FastPass+ for right when the park opens, but if you’re going to be there at rope drop, the lines will be shorter. Instead of wasting a FastPass+, when the park opens, go straight to something you would use a FastPass for. You’ll still have a bit of a line, but it will be shorter than normal and you’ll be able to save that FastPass+ for something else.

Having said that, try to book your three FastPasses for as early in the day as you can. Since you can only book additional FastPass+ times after your initial three have been used, the sooner you’re done with the them, the more time you have to potentially pick up others. This is also why you probably don’t want to waste a Tier A FastPass+ on Illuminations. Since it’s an evening show it locks out additional FastPasses for the entire day.

A Pirate’s Adventure: There is one way to get a specific FastPass without booking it online. If you find the A Pirate’s Adventure building between Adventureland and Frontierland, you can go on a number of different treasure hunts that will take you all over Aventureland. They’re full of fun interactive elements and and are a great way to spend down time. If you complete three of the treasure hunts you’ll actually be given a FastPass for Pirates of the Caribbean. This way, you don’t need to spend one of your precious FastPasses on the attraction, and you have a lot more fun than you would standing in line.

Alien Swirling Saucers at Walt Disney World

What App To Use With FastPass+?

You’ll want to download the My Disney Experience – Walt Disney World app from your smartphone store of choice. From there, you can make and manage your FastPass+ times. It’s useful for scheduling additional FastPass+ times after you’ve used your first three, but it’s also good for checking to see what’s available at any given moment. People frequently cancel or reschedule their own FastPass+ times, so it’s always possible that a FastPass for a particularly popular ride that wasn’t available when you made your your initial FastPasses bookings might show up later.

The app is also very convenient for booking your initial FastPass+ times if you live on the west coast so you don’t need to get out of bed at 4:00 in the morning, just reach over and grab your phone.

Wonderful World of Animation at Walt Disney World

Is Disney’s FastPass+ Worth It?

There is no question that FastPass+ is worth it. It costs nothing and if you don’t use it then you’re just resigning yourself to standing in lines that are much longer than is absolutely necessary. If you’re not staying in a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, it can certainly be a pain to get up for several mornings in a row to book your FastPasses, ( I know) but it’s a small price to pay.

The only downside is that using FastPass+ does lock you in on what you’re doing on any given day weeks before your trip. If you book your FastPass+ times for Disney’s Animal Kingdom on any given day, but then somebody feels tired after three days of running around the parks or just falls unexpectedly ill, or the weather sucks, you can’t get those FastPasses back.

Images Courtesy: WDWNews.com/Disney

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Bill Skarsgard Promises A More Vicious Pennywise In IT: Chapter 2

Clowns are scary. This is an empirical fact and anybody that disagrees is wrong. This is why Stephen King’s novel It was so utterly terrifying and why the movie of the same name became one of the highest grossing horror movies ever made. However, if you thought that the forthcoming sequel would just be another installment of “scary clown theater” you’d be wrong.

Bill Skarsgard, who plays Pennywise the clown, says that his character in It Chapter 2 is going to be even more terrifying the second time around.

At the end of It, the band of kids that had been terrorized by Pennywise are able to turn the tables on him and get the upper hand. They drive the monster away, but they don’t actually destroy him. This is something that they don’t actually realize until many years later when the same terrible things that were happening in their hometown when they were children begin to happen again.

Only this time, based on what Bill Skarsgard tells EW, it seems Pennywise is pissed. He doesn’t just want to make the kids fear him, he has it out for them for what they did to him before. It’s not shocking to think an embodiment of evil is capable of holding a grudge.

And of course, Pennywise has to become a bigger threat in It Chapter 2 because it has to make sense that the creature that the group defeated as children is somehow still a threat to them as adults. You’d think if they could do it once, they could do it again.

In the original Stephen King novel, the story jumps back and forth between time periods, so you don’t really know what happened to Pennywise the first time around when you’re reading the book. The movie audience will be sitting down knowing the character was beaten once, which will likely require the sequel to take a slightly different tact in order to raise the tension.

IT was a massive success when it came out. That success led to the sequel being given the green light in the first place. With most of the team that made the first film returning, both in front and behind the camera, as well as the addition of new actors like Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, it seems It Chapter 2 is looking to be another big success.

If you’re a fan. keep your eyes on CinemaBlend later today, as the first trailer for IT Chapter 2 is scheduled to drop in just a couple hours.

Avengers: Endgame Already Has A Disney+ Release Date

It’s been nearly two full weeks since Avengers: Endgame started playing in theaters, and it’s not leaving the silver screen anytime soon. Still, there are surely a lot of people looking forward to watching Endgame in the comfort of their own home. So when will they be able to do so? While a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD release release date hasn’t been announced yet, the movie will hit Disney+ at the end of the year.

Disney+ is launching on November 12, a little over two years after the Mouse House announced it getting in on the streaming game. There will be a lot of content available from the get-go, and while Avengers: Endgame won’t be part of that select group, Disney did announce today that it will throw the final chapter of the Infinity Saga onto its digital platform on December 11.

So that’s just a month after Disney+ is made available in the United States, and just like every other Marvel, Star Wars and any other kind of movie that hails from Disney, Disney+ will be Avengers: Endgame’s exclusive streaming home. It joins fellow MCU entry Captain Marvel, which was announced to be the first theatrically-released Disney movie to stream exclusively on Disney+.

To reiterate, Disney and Marvel have not announced when Avengers: Endgame’s home release will be, but going off the typical release date pattern for movies nowadays, I suspect it will be available digitally in mid-to-late July, and the Blu-ray/DVD copies will follow in August. So if you’d rather not buy a copy of Endgame, but do plan on subscribing to Disney+, it’ll be another four-five month-long wait to watch it on there.

Given how incredibly popular Avengers: Endgame has been, both critically and commercially, it’s a good bet that it will be a popular choice on Disney+. And whether you watch it on Disney+ or elsewhere, at over three hours long and containing numerous tributes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s history, Endgame is definitely a movie that’s worth watching with a pause button available, as there’s a lot to look out for.

Disney+ will also be a prime destination to explore the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame. While the Loki series is reportedly set in the past, with the Asgardian God of Mischief influencing events in human history, WandaVision and Falcon and Winter Soldier will be set post-Endgame. There is also a Hawkeye series reportedly in development, as well as a confirmed What If? animated series on the way.

For now, keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more Avengers: Endgame coverage, and be sure to read our review of the movie. You can also discover what movies are arriving later in the year in our 2019 release schedule, as well find out what’s coming up next for the MCU on the silver screen with our comprehensive guide.

Yesterday Reviews Are Up, See What Critics Are Saying

Himesh Patel in Yesterday

Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle has been praised over the years for his films, including Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours and Trainspotting. What happens when he teams up with legendary writer of Love Actually, Notting Hill and About Time, Richard Curtis, for a fantasy musical comedy about a struggling musician who wakes up one morning as the only man in the world who remembers the Beatles?

Yesterday premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in New York City over the weekend, which means critics have how seen it ahead of its summer release. Do they recommend a ticket to ride this release? Their reactions are mixed among them, as they waver between glowing and dissatisfying. Let’s take a look at some of their thoughts starting with CinemaBlend’s own Mike Reyes, who absolutely loved it. In his review, he awarded the movie with a near-perfect score of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Here’s a bit of what he had to say:

Yesterday is an uplifting triumph of heartfelt comedy, believable drama, and just the right amount of quirk to remove this film from any sort of mundane reality. In its own way, it even ponders how successful The Beatles’s material would be, and the challenges it would face, if it were coming up in the modern music industry; which only adds to the film’s sly thoughtfulness.

The film is framed around Jack Malik, played by Himesh Patel, who gets into a bus accident during a global blackout and finds he alone who knows the words to “All You Need is Love” among the Fab Four’s iconic discography. Reyes felt the bizarre premise worked – all while charming him with an exciting story with a mix of romance, lightness and drama. He also enjoyed how Yesterday uniquely presented the Beatles music in a refreshing way.

Empire’s Helen O’Hara also raved about this aspect of Yesterday in her 4 out of 5 star review. There’s been an uptick of musical films lately, and she felt this movie did it right where others have left something to be desired. Here’s what she said:

There’s something profoundly disturbing about the idea of a world without The Beatles, whether you’re a die-hard fan or someone known to drunkenly chant the “la la” bit of ‘Hey Jude’, and that’s true even if the world’s loss is our hero’s gain. So while Danny Boyle’s new film is still a largely warm and frequently surprising affair, its unusual premise gives it an edge that other jukebox hits – Bohemian Rhapsody, for example – have lacked.

O’Hara thinks just about everyone can enjoy this flick, even those unfamiliar with the band’s significance. This is a noteworthy positive for David Crow of Den of Geek who said the following about Yesterday:

His film is a crash course in remembering the importance of the Beatles’ legacy. That might sound trite, but the movie finds a much more creative and earnest way to honor a pop star act than the myriad of empty-headed musical biopics we’ve been inundated with for decades.

Yesterday will follow the success of Bohemian Rhapsody and upcoming release of Rocketman, and thankfully it has something else going for it, since it will follow a modern-day premise of Jack using his knowledge of Beatles’ songs to create a successful career for himself today. However, not all critics were impressed with it. The Verge’s Adi Robertson had these comments for example:

Boyle and Curtis are making an alternate history film that’s not primarily about alternate history, which is a completely valid choice. But the film’s central romance is badly underwritten, and its slapdash, joke-driven worldbuilding pokes holes in a plot that was fantastical to start with. Yesterday is a story about the pure and timeless nature of music — but it often comes off as more rote than heartfelt.

It’s understandable that while some would be able to swim in the fantasy of Yesterday’s quirky premise, others will be put off by it and Robertson wasn’t alone in the problems she found through her review. Take a look at a bit of Owen Gleiberman’s review for Variety:

In “Yesterday,” the greatness of the Beatles is like a trump card that Jack, and the filmmakers, keep playing. Yet the greatness of the Beatles is never something the film invites us to discover. The songs, to be fair, are iconic — but that said, some Beatles songs are more iconic than others. And “Yesterday” features nothing but the Beatles tracks that you would put on a “12 All-Time Greatest Songs of the Beatles!” collection.

The movie doesn’t look to convince everyone that the Beatles’ music would be as popular today, in the way that Yesterday showcases anyway. Dan Callahan with The Wrap similarly bashed the movie for its delivery of its plot with these words:

If you’re going to make a film with a plot like “Yesterday,” the least you can do is probe it somewhat and push it as far as it will go. But Curtis and Boyle offer up pretty much what you would expect given this premise, which basically amounts to Patel doing passable karaoke versions of these famous songs and very little else.

Finally, let’s go to Digital Spy’s Ian Sandwell who gave the film 4 stars out of 5 and brings to attention what element in the movie sold him despite some oddity in the film’s idea. Check it out:

A large part of this is down to the engaging performances of Himesh Patel (in his first big-screen role) and Lily James, who share great chemistry. You’re fully behind their friendship and feel all the heartbreak. Neither of them are the cool kids, and their endearing characters help sell the outrageous concept.

The story between the two core characters was enough for him to fall in love with Yesterday. Despite some mixed reviews from critics, the movie looks to charm music fans, especially of the Beatles if you can push aside some of the particulars of the concept.

Will you be checking out Yesterday on June 28? Let us know in the comments.

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There’s A Perfect Timeline Leading To Tony’s Fate In Avengers Endgame

Avengers: Endgame Tony poses in his armor

Warning: SPOILERS for Avengers: Endgame are in play. If you haven’t seen the film yet, portal on out of here and come back once you’ve gotten the scoop.

The events of Avengers: Endgame have taken from the world its Iron Man, as Tony Stark died to protect everyone by using the Infinity Stones to defeat Thanos. While some may have predicted this event as the natural conclusion of Joe and Anthony Russo’s mega blockbuster for some time now, there are still those who might think it was just a grand spectacle to send Robert Downey Jr. out of the series.

But when you really look at the pre-existing history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, something becomes readily apparent. There’s a perfectly good path that leads from Tony Stark’s grown as a hero, running straight into the end zone that is Avengers: Endgame. This line of destiny reaches pretty far back, all the way from 2012’s The Avengers until Avengers: Endgame.

So in case you’re one of those doubters who are sitting there thinking that Tony Stark didn’t have to die, here’s the series of events that perfectly set up Tony’s sacrifice.

The Avengers Tony carries the nuke into space

The Nuke Launch In The Avengers Sets Tony Stark Up As A Sacrificial Hero

While it would still take a little while for Tony Stark to completely reform his ways and become the Iron Man capable of giving Peter Parker fatherly advice, his actions towards the end of The Avengers helped him become a selfless hero. And it all started with an act very similar to the one that he would eventually undertake in Avengers: Endgame.

As the World Security Council launches a nuclear weapon meant to take out the Chitauri forces swarming New York, Tony decides to try and fly the missile out into space to save the city. Not only does his decision to attempt this Hail Mary show he’s capable of such a selfless act, his exposure to space and the creatures that come from the infinite cosmos traumatize him enough to start to formulate a game plan.

Iron Man 3 Tony and Pepper getting close in front of a cityscape

Giving Up His Iron Man Mantle Solidifies Tony’s Relationship With Pepper

While this move obviously didn’t end up being permanent, Tony Stark resigning his heroic alter ego in Iron Man 3 did give him a firm relationship with his love interest, Pepper Potts. Ultimately, that relationship is important to Tony’s plot for two different reasons.

First, Pepper’s love gives him the motivation to try and live a normal life, dialing down his taste for adventure in several points of his life’s story. But second and most importantly is the fact that their romance will give Tony the ultimate reason for protecting the universe, as he and Pepper will eventually have their daughter, Morgan, to worry about.

Avengers: Age of Ultron Tony pulls a concerned look in his lab

Tony’s Big Speech In Avengers: Age Of Ultron Sets Up The Endgame

A huge moment that Avengers: Endgame leans on in is Tony’s big breakdown in Avengers: Age of Ultron. What starts as a reminder that Tony flew the infamous New York nuke into space becomes a somewhat tender pledge as to what he’s trying to do with Ultron. He saw an “endgame” up in space, and a “suit of armor around the world” was all he wanted to provide to save the world.

The entire “suit of armor around the world” remark basically set up Tony’s actions as a metaphorical fulfillment of that remark. In the end, his suit of armor was what protected the world from the threat of Thanos, as Tony paid with his life to save the universe. But Tony’s particular turn of phrase, marking unknown threats from beyond as “the endgame,” is what may have clued him into his ultimate sacrifice when the time came.

Avengers: Infinity War Doctor Strange looks at the Time Stone

Doctor Strange Determines The One Solution For Avengers: Endgame

As the Sorcerer Supreme/guardian of the Time Stone, Doctor Stephen Strange was the key architect in the solution to Avengers: Endgame. And he found out exactly what it was in store for everyone by viewing all 14,000,605 scenarios that were possible after Thanos’ quest truly got underway in Avengers: Infinity War. In that crash course of MCU history, Doctor Strange had to have seen Tony’s big speech in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and saw that not only was Stark right in his assumption, but he was the perfect hero for the job.

With a predisposition to go that extra mile already instilled in him, and the stakes as dire as they were, Strange found that one in 14,000,605 chance he was looking for to make everything work. And he convinced Tony of his worth by his own act of selfless heroism.

Avengers: Infinity War Doctor Strange dusting into oblivion

Doctor Strange Sacrifices Himself

By surrendering the Time Stone to Thanos in exchange for Tony Stark’s life, Doctor Strange set the perfect example of doing whatever it takes to get the job done. It had been a while since Tony had to even face those sorts of stakes by time Avengers: Infinity War rolled around, but when it did, he learned that lesson hard.

And just to put a little more emphasis on what exact lesson Tony was to take from that moment, Stephen Strange looks him dead in the eye and flat out tells him, “We’re in the endgame now.” From that point forward, Tony would eventually do everything he had to in order to survive, but it would take one more event to truly send him into protector mode.

Avengers: Infinity War Tony and Pepper in the park, looking shocked

Tony Gets The Life He Dreamed Of In Avengers: Infinity War

Tony has one more meltdown when he comes back to Earth after the events of Avengers: Infinity War. That meltdown is so severe, it sets him up for the first act of Avengers: Endgame as one of the members who retires from the group to live the life he’d recently started dreaming of. In the five year gap between Infinity War and Endgame, Tony marries Pepper and together they have their daughter, Morgan.

For a while, Tony’s content with being the log cabin recluse that only needs his family to get along. But soon enough, he starts thinking about Peter Parker’s death, a moment that rocked him to his very core. And with his daughter to protect, reversing and defeating Thanos’ big plan become extremely important again.

Avengers: Endgame Doctor Strange looks cryptic in front of the colorful logo

Doctor Strange Returns With A Reminder For Tony

In Doctor Strange’s research on the way to defeat Thanos, Tony Stark was always going to be key. So when he returns during the grand finale of Avengers: Endgame, it’s a reminder that whatever he sees as necessary action needs to be done. Which makes his remarks to Tony about not being able to spell out his own fate all the more poignant.

Tony knows in that moment that his greatest fears are confirmed. Thinking back in Stephen’s own sacrifice, and the world that he now shares with his wife and daughter, failure is not an option. So as soon as Doctor Strange signals him to take action, Tony fulfills his destiny and seizes the Infinity Gauntlet.

Tony Stark Dies, Becoming A Great Big Hero Of The Marvel Cinematic Universe

With a snap of his fingers, Tony Stark wipes out Thanos and his invasion army, saving the day for one and all. The path clearly laid before him, Tony knew that the only way the world would be safe was if he heeded Doctor Strange’s instructions. It took a lot of time and motivation to get there, but when the moment was perfect, Tony was Iron Man once and for all.

Even in a recently mentioned deleted scene, Tony has a conversation with the teenaged version of Morgan, who absolves him of his actions once he snaps his fingers and enters the limbo that the Infinity Stones send their user to. Dying surrounded by his friends and colleagues, Tony Stark proved once and for all that he had a heart.

Tony Stark’s passing will be felt for years to come, and even Spider-Man: Far From Home will deal with that very subject. With Peter Parker grieving the loss of his mentor, he’ll be thinking about his departed friend throughout this summer’s next Marvel blockbuster. But if Peter is anything like us, he’ll eventually come to the same conclusion Avengers: Endgame left its audience with: Tony’s death was not in vain, and The Avengers will make sure of it.

Avengers: Endgame is currently in theaters, with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (save Captain Marvel) being available on home video and streaming.

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Are The Spider-Man Movies Building To The Sinister Six?

Once upon a time, there was a plan. The Spider-Man movies being made by Sony were going to introduce a bunch of villains – including the Rhino (Paul Giamatti), a Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan) and Electro (Jamie Foxx) – and eventually team them in a villain ensemble movie, The Sinister Six. Those plans changed when Sony shifted its Spider-Man to Marvel Studios, with Tom Holland taking over for Andrew Garfield.

But the idea of a Sinister Six movie still sounds incredibly intriguing, and there’s no shortage of bad guys at play in the MCU’s version of Spidey. Michael Keaton already has introduced The Vulture. Michael Mando briefly appeared as a possible Scorpion. And we saw two Shockers in Spider-Man: Homecoming. We’re about to meet a bunch of new villains in Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Venom (Tom Hardy) now exists in the universe, so we wondered if The Sinister Six was somewhere on the radar.

While interviewing Spider-Man: Far From Home executive producer Eric Carroll on the film’s London set, we asked him about this idea, and he told us:

That’s sad to hear, but somewhat understandable. If there was going to be a Sinister Six movie, we actually could see it taking shape on the Sony side of things, where the studio has successfully launched its own Spider-Universe with Venom and the in-production Morbius. There are plans underway for stories with Silver Sable and Black Cat, so if a Six feature were to form, it likely would be born from those collaborations.

That’s also a great excuse to bring Tom Holland over from his Marvel Studios duties and use him in a Sony Spider-Man movie. But this would happen way down the road, as these large ensemble pics take years to develop properly, and the way that Eric Carroll tells it, no plans currently are underway.

For now, Spidey fans can look forward to the young hero’s European vacation, which will take him away from New York City and pair him with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) as they battle Elemental creatures from a multiverse dimension. Crazy!

Upcoming Disney Animated Movies: List Of Titles And Release Dates

While Disney’s live action films from Marvel and Lucasfilm might be the biggest players at the box office for the company, as Walt Disney said, it was all started by a mouse. Animation is still a big part of what Disney does, and Walt Disney Animation Studios continues to release massive hits one after another.It’s like Marvel Studios, just a bit smaller. Whether it’s Moana or the recent sequel to Wreck-It Ralph, animated Disney films are still incredibly popular. When put them together with the billion dollar success of films like Zootopia, the last few years have been incredible for Disney.

We can only imagine what they’re going to do next. Well, in many cases we have to imagine what they’re going to do next because we don’t really know, details are still mostly under wraps.. Although, in other cases, we know exactly what they’re planning.

Walt Disney Animation Studio, not to be confused with Pixar, has several films announced to be coming over the next few years. Most of them are still being kept secret, but we have a few hints about what might be coming, and then of course, there’s the big movie that we know for sure is on the way. Here’s all the details we have about what we know is coming, and what seems quite likely, in the future of Disney animation.

Frozen 2

Frozen II

The only confirmed title from Walt Disney Animation Studios that we’re waiting to see is a sequel to Disney’s biggest animated hit, Frozen. In February of 2019 we finally got our first look at the project. The trailer is visually stunning, though it doesn’t reveal a great deal about the plot of the movie itself. We see all of our heroes from the first film going on some sort of journey together. It also reveals a pair of brand new characters, though who they are, we still don’t know.

Release Date: November 24, 2019

Moana

Unknown Lin-Manuel Miranda/Byron Howard Project

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the hardest working man in showbiz, has said that following his work on Moana, Disney Animation chief John Lassiter introduced him to Zootopia co-director Byron Howard so that the two could begin to collaborate on another animated film. As of this writing, Miranda says the two have yet to actually talk, so it’s not even clear if there’s even an idea they’ll be working on or if they’ll be starting from scratch. It’s also possible that whatever the two work on will never actually see the light of day, but with talent like these two, we’re betting that we’ll see it eventually.

Release Date: Unknown

Judy Hopps, Nick Wilde and Flash in Zootopia

Zootopia Sequels

No sequels to Zootopia have ever been officially announced by Disney, but recently, Tom “Tiny” Lister, who had a small role in the original film, claimed that not one, but two sequels were being planned by the studio. It certainly wouldn’t be shocking to learn this was true. Considering the the sequel to Wreck-It Ralph was rumored by the cast long before it was officially announced by Disney, it’s certainly possible that’s happened here as well. The original film made over $1 billion at the global box office and also won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. That’s a combination that practically demands a sequel.

Future Disney Animation Release Dates

November 25, 2020
November 24, 2021
November 23, 2022

Disney and the Thanksgiving weekend have been inseparable for a long time and with Disney’s most recent update to its release schedule, it claimed that weekend for the next several years. While Frozen II decided to open a bit earlier, and now comes out the Friday before Thanksgiving, Disney now has the Wednesday before the holiday claimed for 2020 through 2022. No titles have been officially revealed, but the previously mentioned projects that are in some form of development could certainly be on that list.

Previously Released

Wreck-It Ralph 2

Ralph Breaks The Internet

After years of rumor an official announcement via Facebook that Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 was on the way finally came. While that news wasn’t exactly news, because John C. Reilly had already blabbed, what was news, and surprising news at that, was that Wreck-It Ralph 2 was actually going to be the next feature we saw from Disney following Moana. It took over a release date that was already set aside for another movie, putting it in what we’ll call the Zootopia space in 2018. However, it was eventually pushed back into November

Release Date: November 21, 2018

Recently Cancelled Projects

Planes

Untitled Planes Sequel

Not every Disney project that gets announced actually makes it to the screen. Every once in a while the DisneyToon studio, which was promarily focused on television and direct-toDVD animation, was given a shot at a theatrical release. Such was the case with two previous Planes movies, which did pretty well all things considered. A third film in the series was announced and scheduled to be released in June of 2019, but in June of 2018 it was announced that DisneyToon studio was being completely closed down, and with it, the film was cancelled.

Gigantic

Gigantic

Originally planned to hit theaters in the Spring of 2018, Gigantic was going to be Disney’s take on Jack and the Beanstalk. It kept getting pushed further down the release schedule, falling into the Thanksgiving weekend of 2020 slot eventually. However, in October of 2017, Disney announced that the project simply wasn’t working, and had been cancelled. At that point Disney confirmed that another project that had been in the works would be taking that slot, but we still don’t know what movie that is.

The future of Disney Animation may be largely secret, but you can be sure that with the success the studio has had in recent years, Disney has every intention of keeping that train moving. With the success of Ralph Breaks the Internet, and the presumed success of Frozen II, it seems likely that more theatrically released sequels to Walt Disney Animation Studios films are quite possible.

When it comes to original concepts, the sky is the limit in animation, so it’s basically impossible to guess what could be coming next.

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The Fast And Furious Franchise Has Fired Its Longtime Producer

Ever since the Fast and Furious franchise launched in 2001, Neal H. Moritz has been working on it as a producer, but that nearly two decade-long tenure has come to an abrupt end. Rather than Moritz deciding to leave the car and explosion-filled series of movies on his own terms, he’s been fired due to a legal dispute with Universal Pictures.

Last October, it was reported that Neal Moritz filed a lawsuit against Universal, alleging that the studio was in breach of oral contract and committed promissory fraud when it removed him as the lead producer on the upcoming Fast and Furious spinoff, Hobbs and Shaw. He demanded he be reinstated as lead producer or be paid “tens of millions of dollars in damages in lost compensation.”

Seven months later, the news has come out that not only has Neal Moritz been dropped from Hobbs and Shaw, but he’s also been removed from all future Fast and Furious movies, starting with Fast and Furious 9, which begins shooting in a few weeks. Because Moritz has a pay-or-play deal, Universal will still need to compensate on the Fast and Furious movies, but evidently that’s a better course of action than keeping him around, both financially and mentally.

Universal’s stance is that Neal Moritz is not entitled to be a producer on Hobbs and Shaw, while Moritz says he had an oral agreement with the studio’s president, Jimmy Horowitz, to produce the spinoff and was working on it up until he was dropped from it right before principal photography kicked off. Moritz also claims that he came up with the idea for Hobbs and Shaw with screenwriter Chris Morgan and spent months developing it.

So where did everything go wrong? According to a “studio insider” who spoke with The Hollywood Reporter, Universal tried to work out a deal with Neal Moritz, but due to a “a long, torturous history” with fighting him on every previous Fast and Furious movie, the studio got sick of his combative behavior.

Because Universal is trying to expand the Fast and Furious franchise into more of a cinematic universe, as well as Hobbs and Shaw’s budget growing before production, the studio asked the franchise’s top talent to contribute to a “pool” that would allow Universal to break even before others were cut in on the profit. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was among those willing to play ball, but Moritz reportedly instead “wound up for his usual game of hardball.”

As for why Universal decided to kick Neal Moritz off all future Fast and Furious movies, that came about when he named Jimmy Horowitz in his lawsuit. While it’s unclear what the thought process that the studio’s bigwigs had after that, evidently there was incentive enough for them to toss Moritz out.

With Hobbs and Shaw hitting theaters this summer, two more main Fast and Furious movies on the way and a female-centric spinoff in the works, obviously this blockbuster franchise is sticking around for the foreseeable future. Still, considering how involved Neal Moritz was from the start, this definitely marks the end of an era.

We’ll see how the Fast and Furious franchise’s first foray into spinoff territory goes when Hobbs and Shaw comes out in theaters on August 2, and Fast and Furious 9 will follow on May 22, 2020.

New Aladdin Clip Is Set Right Before ‘A Whole New World’

Disney’s live-action remake undertaking will soon continue with the release of a new Aladdin and fans are especially awaiting the new versions of the beloved songs from the 1992 animated musical. Is it from a new fantastic point of view? Check out this new look that sets up the highly-anticipated “A Whole New World” reimagining:

Swept away yet? The glimpse from Walt Disney Studios shows the beginning of Aladdin and Jasmine’s night before they board their magic carpet ride and break into song. Under the alias of “Prince Ali”, Aladdin is convincing the princess of Agrabah to leave her comfort behind the walls of the castle her confined world of books and maps and really go out and see the world with him. Before she can shoot out a round of excuses as to why she can’t, he reveals his magic carpet and asks her if he trusts her.

Disney fans know the “do you trust me?” line is straight out of the animated film. In the original, Jasmine first meets “street rat” Aladdin who feeds the same quote. So when the princess hears this from Ali, she knows it’s the guy she’d been crushing on from her rogue adventure outside the castle walls.

It’s a sweet moment between the couple that is lovably reminiscent of the 1992 classic. Aladdin exudes confidence with his prince persona, as he offers to show her the world and the couple will soon break out into song. The clip ends conveniently right before the track begins, serving as the perfect tease for the upcoming live-action flick. I for one am happy they cut it where they did, a moment like this should be seen for the first time on the big screen.

The first Aladdin trailer did include a bit of the “Whole New World” song including the new vocals by Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott, but we’ll likely have to wait until the movie hits theaters later this month before we see the full sequence.

Aladdin is a remake of the fairytale, this time with the Genie to be played by Will Smith. The actor will be adding his own comedic flavor to the film and rapping the character’s signature track “Friend Like Me”. Smith recently paid a visit to Jimmy Fallon and spit a few bars and while it’s a departure from what we remember, it’s a fun new take on it.

The movie will also include two brand news songs, one another duet between Aladdin and Jasmine and the other a solo tune from Jasmine. Mena Massoud also recently teased an all-improv scene between him and Will Smith in the film.

After the under-performing result of Disney’s last live-action offering Dumbo, Aladdin is tracking to have a more successful opening weekend during the Memorial Day holiday with four-day weekend projections between $85 million and $115 million.

Did the new clip get you excited for the upcoming magic carpet ride in Aladdin when it hits theaters on May 24? Sing your song in the comments below.

Why The New Spider-Man Movies Aren’t Rushing To Use The Daily Bugle

Although Peter Parker has a keen scientific mind, the main way he’s pulled an income over the decades has been working for The Daily Bugle, mainly by snapping photos of himself as Spider-Man. The Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movies included this element of the Spidey mythology and even Andrew Garfield’s Peter had a side gig at the newspaper in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but so far, Tom Holland’s Peter is not affiliated with the Bugle in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

So what are the chances that the MCU’s Peter Parker could join The Daily Bugle and work with people like J. Jonah Jameson and Robbie Robertson in a future Spider-Man movie? While that option isn’t entirely off the table, executive producer Eric Carroll explained to CinemaBlend and other outlets last year on the Spider-Man: Far From Home London set that because life has changed with technology upgrades and the internet, it doesn’t make as much sense to have the high school-aged Peter working as a traditional newspaper photographer. In Carroll’s words:

He has a point. When the Sam Raimi-directed Spider-Man trilogy was unfolding last decade, while the internet was obviously popular, smartphones weren’t a thing yet, so it was a lot harder for a non-professional to take a good photo. Nowadays it’s a lot easier for anyone with an iPhone, Android or whatever your smartphone of choice is to snap some incredible shots, meaning there’s not as much incentive for Peter to want to work for The Daily Bugle if he’s not primarily interested in a journalism career.

Plus, Peter Parker is a youth who’s grown up as social media has become increasingly popular, so if he is curious about the kind of media presence Spider-Man has, he’s more likely to look at what people are saying on Twitter and Instagram. In any case, Eric Carroll also mentioned that Spider-Man: Far From Home tries honor the source material as much as possible, and there are apparently a few nods to Peter’s connection to The Daily Bugle. Carroll said:

Given that the main hook of Spider-Man: Far From Home is watching Peter Parker travel to Europe with his friends and being recruited by Nick Fury to fight the Elementals with Mysterio, one probably shouldn’t get their hopes up about seeing him get a job at The Daily Bugle, let alone interacting with an irate J. Jonah Jameson. That said, one fun nod to the newspaper I could envision is Peter looking at its website or one of its social media platforms while he’s across the pond.

Although Sony is moving full steam ahead on its live action and animated Spider-verse franchises, it’s a good bet we can expect at least one more MCU-set Spider-Man movie, if not more. So even if Spider-Man: Far From Home has other things to focus on, maybe there’s still potential down the line for Peter to get some work experience at The Daily Bugle should he want to explore the world of media, perhaps after he graduates high school.

Spider-Man: Far From Home will spin its web in theaters on July 2, so keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more coverage. Don’t forget to also look through our Marvel movies guide to see what else is coming up in the MCU.