Before you get into some of these news items and rumors, please note there are some spoilers to be had in the bunch.
* Despite non-compete setbacks that required Disney to hold off from making content with characters licensed by Netflix for at least two years from the day that respective character’s show was cancelled, it appears Disney has found a way around that hurdle. Defenders characters are rumored to be currently worked upon, which was previously assumed to be impossible within that two year period. There doesn’t appear to be any news on whether the original cast will be re-incorporated, or what medium these characters will be featured in.
* Hulk and Namor could be back at Marvel, according to several sources. While the rumor has only been publicly made a breakthrough this past week, rumors of it have been spreading since a September interview with a Marvel TV creative, Shawn Boogie, who claimed “we got she-hulk, we got Hulk, and we got somebody else back…” That interview has since been wiped from the web. This potentially brings new light to the fact that Ruffalo visited with Feige to discuss the future of the character. Could we be seeing some Solo Hulk films in Phase 5?
* Leaked footage of two young actors, Jack and Nick Fisher, auditioning for the roles of Wanda’s children, may reveal that a character is returning. We won’t be linking to the videos.
* Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings begins filming shorty, perhaps as soon as Monday, January 6. According to Taika Waititi, filming for Thor: Love and Thunder begins in August/Spider-Man 3, featuring Tom Holland, begins shooting in the Summer.
Star Wars Rumors
* Two new animated series are coming to Disney+, one potentially featuring Doctor Aphra (though this could be live action), as well as a sequel series for Star Wars Rebels, featuring Ahsoka and Sabine.
* A new Star Wars Saga taking place in the High Republic era. It’s not a trilogy, but the start to a new series. 400 years before the Skywalker Saga. This could potentially be linked with Project Luminous, which begins this year, and may start with a video game. Takes place during the period of Darth Bane’s Sith rule of two being established. Db Weiss and David Benioff were initially attached to the project.
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