The comeback kid: Disney edition


By Cassie Gaudes

Captain Marvel- March 8, Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson

The first sign that Captain Marvel was coming to theaters was in the post-credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War and the rumor is that she’ll play a large part in Avengers: Endgame. Captain Marvel will give fans the long-anticipated silver-screen backstory to the iconic superheroine. The film will follow Captain Marvel in the middle of a war between two alien races, while seeking the truth of her own existence. The movie will star Oscar winner Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, with Samuel L. Jackson returning as Nick Fury.

Dumbo– March 29, Starring: Michael Keaton, Colin Farrell

Dumbo is next on the list in Disney’s series of live-action reimaginings of some of their most beloved films. Dumbo will be directed by Tim Burton, known for his dark and whimsical films such as The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Corpse Bride. The movie is not exactly a remake, according to Colin Farrell, who plays a former circus star in the movie. In the original 1941 version, the cast featured exclusively voice-acted animals. On the other hand, in the remake, the animals will not be voiced-over. Instead, people in the movie will be delivering the dialogue. The basic story remains the same – a baby elephant is born with huge ears that let him fly.





Penguins– April 17

This year’s Disneynature movie is about penguins and aptly comes out on Earth Day. Penguins will be the 10th film from Disneynature. The documentary follows an Adélie penguin named Steve on his quest to find love in Antarctica and what happens after when he is left alone with his kids.



Avengers: Endgame – April 26, Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans

Seven years after the release of The Avengers, the series is entering its fourth and biggest installment yet. Not much is known about the plot at this time. In the official trailer, which predominantly features Scott Lang/Ant-Man,Captain America and Black Widow, only a few main characters are seen. Fans will get to see how they and the rest of the scattered Avengers will team up to defeat Thanos.



Aladdin – May 24, Starring: Will Smith, Mena Massoud


Aladdin will be the second live-action remake of the year and will follow the same story as the 1992 animated version. Guy Ritchie is set to direct. Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud will star as Aladdin, while Will Smith will take on the role of Genie, previously voiced by Robin Williams. Alan Menken, the original composer, returned to create a new score and two original songs.


Toy Story 4 – June 21, Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack


The fourth Toy Story movie comes out nine years after its previous installment, and will potentially be the last in the series. The toys meet several new friends, including one named Forky. They go on an adventure searching for Bo Peep that makes them realize just how big the world is. In an interview for Chris Evans’ Radio 2 Breakfast Show, Tom Hanks said: “When I realized what they were going for, I realized, ‘Oh, this is a moment in history.’”


Spider-Man: Far From Home – July 5, Starring: Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya


In the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter Parker and his friends are on a school sponsored summer trip through Europe. Along the way Peter gets roped in by Nick Fury to team up with the villain Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) and fight the Elementals. Fans can also expect to see Peter develop his romance with MJ (Zendaya) for the first time in the Holland led series. Fans speculate that Far From Home takes place after Endgame, meaning Peter’s fate from the end of Infinity War will be reversed before Far From Home.


The Lion King – July. 19, Starring: Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Beyoncé


Almost exactly 25 years since The Lion King was released, it is getting its own CGI remake. The movie will star Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, and is bringing back the original voice actor of Mufasa, James Earl Jones, to reprise his role.


The New MutantsAug. 2, Starring: Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton


The New Mutants is based on the Marvel Comic of the same name. The film is described on IMDb as involving “Five young mutants, who have just discovered their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will. The group fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.” The film has a PG-13 rating, but according to director Josh Boone “We’ve pushed it.”


Artemis Fowl – Aug. 9, Starring: Dame Judi Dench, Josh Gad, Ferdia Shaw


Artemis Fowl will be the first in an adaptation of the Eoin Colfer book series. 12-year-old Artemis Fowl II, a genius from a family of criminal masterminds, kidnaps a fairy officer for ransom. He searches for his father, who may have been kidnapped by fairies, and tries to restore his family’s fortune. Kenneth Branagh is set to direct.


Frozen 2 – Nov. 22, Starring: Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell


So far, not much is known about the sequel to Frozen. However, according to IMDb, Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf are going far in the forest to know the truth about an ancient mystery of their kingdom. Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck will return to co-direct, and the original song writers will be back as well.


Star Wars: Ep. IX – Dec. 20, Starring: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill


Star Wars: Ep. IX is the third installment in the sequel trilogy and will be the last movie of the main Star Wars franchise. It was also the first film of the series to be filmed after Carrie Fisher’s death. J.J. Abrams, director of The Force Awakens and Star Trek will return to helm the franchise. Little of the plot is known, but it has been announced that Princess Leia will return by using archived footage of Carrie Fisher. The rest of the trilogies cast will return, including Mark Hamill.


Cassie Gaudes can be reached at cassie.gaudes@spartans.ut.edu.

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