The five most exciting future releases releases we will see from Disney.

By Luke Eriksen, ’22.

On Thursday, Dec. 10, Disney unveiled an abundance of new shows and films that will be released in the coming years. This content includes Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, National Geographic, and more. Most of the content will be released on the popular streaming app Disney + and a few movies will also debut in theaters. It would be nearly impossible to dive into every new title, so here are the five releases I am most excited about.

Kenobi

Disney announced a new star wars show based on the legendary Obi-Wan Kenobi set to release on Dinsey Plus. The show will take place ten years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and will feature Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan and Hayden Christensen as Darth Vater. This iconic duo has not been seen together since 2005 and neither of them has been in a Star Wars film since. Hayden Christiansen was heavily criticized for his acting in the prequel film back in 2002 and 2005, but I am pleased with his return with hopes he redeems himself for the fans that disliked the prequel films. This highly anticipated show does not have a release date but Star Wars fans everywhere will be anxiously waiting.

The Acolyte

This live-action Star Wars show will release on Disney Plus. The Acolyte will take place 200 years before the events of The Phantom Menance. This will be the first live-action Star Wars to show the newly created High Republic era. The show is expected to explore the revival of the Sith while the Jedi and republic thrived. We will likely see plenty of unfamiliar Sith and Jedi, but there is a chance we could see some familiar faces too. Could we see Palpatine, Yoda, Plagueis? The Star Wars story will expand even more with another highly anticipated show.

Thor: Love and Thunder

This film is set to come out in theaters on Feb. 11, 2022 though this release date could potentially change with the uncertainty of COVID-19. Thor will once again star Chris Hemsworth. Christian Bale is set to play the villain, Gorr the God Butcher, with Natalie Portman returning as Jane Foster alongside Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie. With Marvel’s collection of female roles rapidly expanding, will we see Jane Foster take Thor’s place as the God of Thunder? Taika Waititi will return as director after his previous film Thor: Ragnarok was loved among critics and fans.

Indiana Jones 5

Indiana Jones 5 is set to release in theaters sometime in 2022 and is directed by James Mangold. Seventy-eight-year-old Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Indiana Jones. The last time Ford played Indiana Jones was Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008. The fifth installment of the series is still in early development. With Ford getting older, will we see him pass the torch to a younger actor to play Indiana Jones? 

Lightyear

Lightyear is a spin-off of the Toy Story series set to arrive in theaters on June 17, 2022. Chris Evans will voice the original Buzz Lightyear. Fans were originally confused why Tim Allen isn’t returning to voice the character, but this film will not center around the toy Buzz Lightyear, instead, the astronaut buzz is based on.