The Demented Christmas Special second HAWKEYE Disney+ trailer.

I’m not gonna lie: this is growing on me. Actually, I was already gonna see HAWKEYE. But I’m grooving to this vibe:

Barton is fairly clearly feeling far too old for this sh*t, and Bishop isn’t quite able to cash the checks that her ego is writing; or, at least, not yet. I can sustain interest in the ensuing wacky hijinks for six episodes, methinks.

The LEGO STAR WARS TERRIFYING TALES Disney+ trailer.

Well, if you’re going to do a STAR WARS-themed Halloween show, then give it to the LEGO folks. Straight up. I mean, there’s no chance in Hell they’ll ever do straight-up horror in the Star Wars universe, and I kind of don’t want them to anyway. That means that ‘comic spooky’ is your only viable action plan, and at least this shop knows how to do that sort of thing. I figure my kids are going to watch LEGO STAR WARS TERRIFYING TALES pretty avidly, or at least the younger one will. It may not suck.

Lead writer for Disney+’s MARVEL: ARMOR WARS chosen.

Buried lede: they’re doing ARMOR WARS for the MCU. Well, buried for me:

The “Armor Wars” series at Disney Plus has tapped Yassir Lester to serve as head writer, Variety has confirmed with sources.

Don Cheadle will star in the series, reprising the role of James “Rhodey” Rhodes, a.k.a. War Machine. The series is based on the Marvel Comics series of the same name. In the series, Rhodes must face what happens when Tony Stark’s tech falls into the wrong hands.

Personally, I’m in favor of giving Don Cheadle enough walking-around money to let him do whatever projects later he feels like doing, and goodness knows pretending to look at HUDs is easy work. But: wow, it really is true that every problem in the MCU is eventually Tony Stark’s fault, huh? Oh, well, as long as there’s lot of battlesuit combat.

I do like the LOKI show.

Then again, I like the Disney+ MCU shows generally. LOKI in particular is the sort of thing that can only be made when a studio has more money than God and is amusing itself by having Tom Hiddleston sing in Norwegian. Which he does a pretty good job at, mind you.

I know, I know. But the family wants the channel and we’re paying for it, so I might as well enjoy the stuff I like.

Watched the first episode of LOKI today.

It’s good, although some people online were a little surprised by the aesthetic. The aesthetic is VERY 1970s pre-digital bureaucratic, with analog everywhere. Personally, I liked it a lot — but I also associate said aesthetic with things like CONTROL or the SCP Foundation, which means I’m expecting LOKI to dive into cosmic horror pretty quick. Guess we’ll see if I’m right!

WandaVision is entertainingly messed up.

Finally sat down and watched both of the first episodes. I think that dropping the first two and then making people wait is smart: it establishes nicely that there’s something seriously weird about WandaVision. Mind you, I assumed that right from the start.

Also, an interesting note: I had it up on my computer with my earbuds in so as not to disturb everybody else. My wife watched a little, over my shoulder, and observed later that when you can’t hear anything the camera work is a lot more evocative of a horror show. Which I’m pretty sure is what WandaVision is. …Cool.

WANDAVISION has a firm January release date.

WANDAVISION drops Jan 15th. About time – and I wonder if it has anything to do with the almost 74 million subscribers Disney+ apparently has now. If they’re looking to keep their content spread out, that would make sense, I guess?

Disney retreats to streaming.

Dammit, I liked movie theaters. I went multiple times a year to movies and bought generously of the concession stands, too. I’d even shell out for promotional items, because I knew that every little bit helps and I enjoyed my local Regal Theater. But the writing’s on the wall:

Disney is restructuring its media and entertainment divisions, as streaming becomes the most important facet of the company’s media business.

On Monday, the company revealed that in order to further accelerate its direct-to-consumer strategy, it would be centralizing its media businesses into a single organization that will be responsible for content distribution, ad sales and Disney+.

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