Disney This Week: Pirates of the Caribbean, Ant-Man & more!
Welcome to another edition of our regular weekly feature Disney This Week here at ComingSoon.net, rounding up the latest news on all things Disney, including movies, TV, Blu-ray/DVD, Marvel Studios, theme parks, fan art and Disney history. Let us know what you like or want to see more out of in Disney This Week in the comments below!
Walt Disney Pictures has released the Super Bowl spot for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, offering new footage from the upcoming fifth movie. Check it out in the player above!
The Super Bowl spot for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales had a lot of new footage from the upcoming fifth film and also offered our first look at the return of Orlando Bloom’s WIll Turner to the franchise.
As you may recall, following the end of 2007’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Will became the new captain of The Flying Dutchman and was cursed to sail the seas and ferry the dead to the other side. As part of his curse, he is only allowed to return to land for one day every ten years. It is worth noting, however, that when he became the Captain and broke Davy Jones’ curse, the crew reverted back to a human form, but if we take the image below at face value, it would appear Will is slowly being cursed again…
Following the Super Bowl spot for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Walt Disney Pictures has released a new poster and photo for the film which you can check out in the gallery above!
Though it was largely a given, actor Michael Douglas has confirmed via Facebook that he will reprise his role as Dr. Hank Pym for the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp. The actor also revealed that production on the sequel is set to begin in July.
Marvel Studios debuted a new Guardians of the Galaxy Super Bowl spot, offering a look at the upcoming Vol. 2! Check it out in the player below and catch the James Gunn film in theaters on May 5.
Following the debut of the extended Super Bowl spot for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Marvel Studios has debuted a new poster and several new photos from the film. Check them all out at the link above!
ComingSoon.net and SuperHeroHype got a chance to visit the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 set in Atlanta, Georgia in April of 2016 and we now have eight interviews to share with you. Check out the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 interviews via the link above!
Production on Mary Poppins Returns, the all new sequel to Disney’s 1964 film Mary Poppins, has commenced at England’s Shepperton Studios. The film, which stars Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt and Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda and is directed and produced by Academy Award nominee, Emmy and DGA Award winner Rob Marshall (Into the Woods, Chicago), is scheduled for release December 25, 2018.
The film also stars Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Julie Walters with Colin Firth and Meryl Streep. In addition, Dick Van Dyke plays Mr. Dawes Jr., the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, which is now run by William Weatherall Wilkins (Firth).
This week saw Disney’s newest princess come to DVD with the release of the feature-length Elena and the Secret of Avalor, which tells an origin story for the Disney Channel animated show Elena of Avalor. Frozen in time and trapped inside the Amulet of Avalor for over forty years, Elena has finally found the one, brave princess who can set her free: Sofia of Enchancia! With help from magical flying Jaquins, spirit animal Zuzo, and young wizard-in-training Mateo, Princess Elena must unite her people and battle the evil sorceress Shuriki (voiced by the legendary Jane Fonda) to reclaim her throne.
The DVD is packed with laughs, new characters to cherish and heart. Elena and the Secret of Avalor is a must-own for the entire family! Includes the TV Movie, Plus Four Additional Episodes, a music video, and a FREE exclusive Flying Jaquin Mobile!
Following the first toys that were revealed last month, we can exclusively reveal Hasbro‘s Marvel Legends figures for the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, including Spider-Man’s Homemade Suit, Spider-Man Web Wings, the Vulture with Flight Gear Build-A-Figure and a special 2-Pack including Spider-Man (with an alternate Tom Holland head) and Iron Man! Check out the Spider-Man: Homecoming Marvel Legends at the link above!
Fan Art of the Week
In honor of Pirates of the Caribbean we’re featuring a great piece of franchise fan art featuring Penélope Cruz’s Angelica from 2011’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Click here to check out artist Bismar Santiago’s terrific portfolio!
This Week in Disney History
This week, Disney premiered (through RKO Radio Pictures) its second animated feature film, Pinocchio, at the Central Theatre in New York and in Los Angeles theaters in 1940 (film budget $2.6 million) as well as the animated film Peter Pan to theaters in 1953 (film budget $4 million).
This week, Disney also released Saludos Amigos in 1943, Rob Roy, The Highland Rogue in 1954, Moon Pilot in 1962, The Misadventures of Merlin Jones in 1964, The Ugly Dachshund in 1966, Monkeys Go Home! in 1967, this week’s Disney Vault highlight Blackbeard’s Ghost in 1968, The Strongest Man in the World in 1975, The North Avenue Irregulars in 1979, Midnight Madness in 1980, Night Crossing in 1982, Time Flyer (a.k.a. The Blue Yonder) in 1986, Medicine Man in 1992, My Father, the Hero in 1994 and Wes Anderson’s breakthrough movie Rushmore in 1999.
Each week we highlight an underappreciated Disney classic! Since this installment is very Pirates of the Caribbean-centric, we thought we’d remember another great live-action Disney movie about a swarthy pirate, the comedy Blackbeard’s Ghost, released on February 8, 1968 and celebrating its 49th anniversary this week! Arguably Disney’s best early live-action helmer Robert Stevenson (Mary Poppins, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Love Bug) directed this story of a New England track coach (Dean Jones) who summons the dread pirate Blackbeard (Peter Ustinov), whose ghost is cursed to wander the Earth until he does a good deed. Hijinks ensue as the pair form a pact to help the track team win. This is the kind of delightful 60’s era kids flick the company churned out in great numbers, and is well worth a watch for the fun wire effects and a great performance by Ustinov!