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The Falcon & The Winter Soldier release date delayed until “at least” 2021

Published: 20/Aug/2020 3:01 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 14:14

by Isaac McIntyre

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Marvel series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is set to miss its original August release date and have its official Disney Plus premiere delayed until “at least” 2021, according to a series of new reports from Disney insiders.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been slapped with a series of delays in recent months, in part due to cinemas shutting doors. The biggest delay thus far has been Black Widow, which was shunted from its mid-2020 release date all the way until late November.

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The Falcon & The Winter Soldier looks to be joining the Scarlett Johansson-led feature flick in a hefty delay now too. According to Disney insider Christopher Marc, the Captain America follow-up has been pushed back until “at least” 2021.

This lines up with previous news the Disney Plus series, which was set to kick-off the MCU’s new TV offerings post-Endgame, was in significant danger of missing its penned-in August release slot on the Disney streaming service.

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The Falcon and The Winter Soldier cast members have also been summoned back to the set for additional shoots in recent weeks. That includes leading cast members Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson) and Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes).

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier was originally set to debut on Disney Plus in August.
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The Falcon and The Winter Soldier was originally set to debut on Disney Plus in August.

This reported delay, which has yet to be officially confirmed by Disney, may see WandaVision jump the premiere queue into the original The Falcon and The Winter Soldier release date.

The far more mystical WandaVision series is focused around Scarlet Witch and The Vision, and will lead into Doctor Strange sequel. Disney’s Bob Chapek has assured fans the Marvel show will still arrive “shortly,” and is “ready to go.”

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WandaVision may jump the Disney Plus queue after new The Falcon and The Winter Soldier delays.
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WandaVision may jump the Disney Plus queue after new The Falcon and The Winter Soldier delays.

Disney has also confirmed The Mandalorian, which is preparing to air its second season later this year, is “on track” for release. The highly-anticipated Star Wars show’s return will likely be the final tent-pole release for Disney Plus this year.

The second season is also being tipped to spawn multiple Star Wars spinoffs heading into the future, including shows for Ahsoka and Boba Fett. Sequel trilogy villain Kylo Ren is also reportedly in line for his own prequel series too.

Steve Rogers made Sam Wilson the new Captain America in Avengers: Endgame.
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Steve Rogers made Sam Wilson the new Captain America in Avengers: Endgame.

On the Marvel front, there’s plenty more Disney Plus series planned for 2021-2022 too. Ms. Marvel, Hawkeye’s spinoff show, the Kit Harrington-led Moon Knight series, She-Hulk, and of course Loki are all in various stages of production at the moment.

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For now, though, Captain America fans may have a bit of a wait before they get to see their new duo in-action. When The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is handed a new official release date, Dexerto will update you with all the details.

World of Warcraft

Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.