Finished up MOON KNIGHT.

Good show. Good show. The final episode had to tie up a bunch of stuff together, and – pious protestations by the MOON KNIGHT folks aside – they absolutely laid the bricks for a second season. I didn’t read the comics, but the people who did all seem pretty jazzed at how much stuff from them were in the series.

Is MOON KNIGHT the best of the Marvel Disney+ series? Tough call: LOKI in particular still gives it a run for its money. But those two were the only shows that I made to sure to watch on the day of release. That’s probably diagnostic.

Tweet of the Day, Pay Your Creators (Even If You’re Disney) edition.

I diffidently suggest that this decade may end up being not the best time in American history for the Disney Corporation to engage in legally dubious activities that do not reflect well on them.

5/6 of MOON KNIGHT done…

…and it’s very possibly the best Marvel series Disney+ has done to date. MOON KNIGHT started messed up, and it’s kept it up since then; and, given how Hollywood* the hero’s mental illness is, it’s doing a pretty good job giving you the feeling of what kind of trauma’s he’s going through. It could still blow up the ending, but we’ll know next week.

This would have been an absolutely awful movie, by the way. There’s no way you could do this in two hours without it being far too rushed. But as a six-part miniseries MOON KNIGHT works.

*Which is to say: gratuitously and cinematically incorrect.

Scarlett Johansson gets the Mouse to cough up some dough.

(Via Hot Air) I dunno for how much. Enough that it’s all smiles, now. No, really. It’s probably a clause in the settlement.

Alan Bergman, the chairman of Disney Studios Content, said he, too, was pleased to have resolved the dispute.

“I’m very pleased that we have been able to come to a mutual agreement with Scarlett Johansson regarding ‘Black Widow,’” he said in a statement. “We appreciate her contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and look forward to working together on a number of upcoming projects, including Disney’s ‘Tower of Terror.’”

And ain’t it just like the Mouse to use a press release like this to drop the first hints of an upcoming Disney project. It’s like a goram machine, huh? And strangely admirable — or at least something to imitate. Always Be Closing, my droogies. Always Be Closing.

Scarlet Johansson is gonna sue the shorts off of of Disney…

…and I’m not finding it hard to pick a side at all. I mean, the Mouse is never gonna offer me a book contract: but it still behooves me to be against companies casually breaching them*. And, amusingly, Johansson has a net worth of over 100 million — she’s apparently been involved in at least one blockbuster movie series — so Disney’s usual tactic of overlawyering her just ain’t gonna fly. This should be real interesting, and I wonder whether they’re going to try to settle fast.

I wouldn’t… because I wouldn’t have gotten into this mess in the first place. Jesus, just pay people. It’s not a hard strategy to comprehend.

Moe Lane

*As somebody put it: I don’t care if Johansson wins, but I do need for Disney to lose.