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World of Warcraft teases new ‘Shadowlands Afterlife’ animated series

Published: 25/Aug/2020 4:20 Updated: 3/Sep/2020 12:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Blizzard is set to premiere a brand-new World of Warcraft animated series later this week, the publishers have officially confirmed. The new show, ‘Shadowlands Afterlife,’ will be the company’s first original animated series.

Shadowlands Afterlife, which is being billed as “the first original animated series” from the World of Warcraft developers, is set to premiere as part of the Gamescom 2020’s Opening Night Live broadcast stream on August 27.

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Blizzard has not yet unveiled any major details on the Afterlife series, outside a teaser trailer confirming the Shadowlands show’s upcoming release date. The series is expected to focus on the eight expansions’ four realms: Ardenweald, Bastion, Maldraxxus, and Revendreth.

“Just as our choices determine who we are in life, they also pave the paths we take in the afterlife,” the World of Warcraft trailer’s YouTube description reads.

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“Prepare to delve into four realms of the Shadowlands — Bastion, Maldraxxus, Ardenweald, and Revendreth — and discover the journeys souls take once they cross the eternal veil.”

This is far from the first time Blizzard has employed short animated teasers for their flagship franchises. World of Warcraft boasts a mountainous backlog of narrative shorts and teasers, as does Overwatch and the Diablo series.

“Shadowlands Afterlife” will mark one of the first times Blizzard has released a multi-episode expansion series, however. The publishers revealed the series would have four episodes ⁠— likely one each for the Covenants ⁠— in their official announcement.

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Some of World of Warcraft’s biggest names are on show in the Afterlife trailer too. Uther can be seen on a battlefield alongside Arthas, the Witch King. Garrosh Hellscream, who was slain by Thrall in Warlords of Draenor, was also seen in chains.

Blizzard has not yet confirmed just how many of the MMORPG franchise’s former heroes and villains will actually make an appearance though. Expect them to confirm this at some point during Thursday’s Gamescom 2020 premiere.

Fallen Horde warchief Garrosh Hellscream will appear in 'Shadowlands Afterlife.'
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Fallen Horde war chief Garrosh Hellscream will appear in ‘Shadowlands Afterlife.’

Speaking of confirmation, the Shadowlands Afterlife series could also ⁠— finally ⁠— offer fans a locked-in release date for the eight expansion. Whispers behind the scenes are suggesting a Shadowlands launch date has indeed been penned in.

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Gamescom marks the final major gaming convention for 2020, meaning if Blizzard wants to pull the trigger on a huge release date unveiling, now’s their best chance. We will have to wait and see if Blizzard goes in this direction, however.

TV + Movies

Rejected Ms Marvel actress leaks script amid casting confirmation

Published: 1/Oct/2020 10:23 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 10:35

by Jacob Hale

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An actress who claimed to have been asked to audition for the lead role of Kamala Khan in Ms Marvel violated her NDA and leaked some of the script online to prove that she was telling the truth.

On Wednesday, September 30, Marvel confirmed that 18-year-old Iman Vellani would be playing Khan, otherwise known as Ms Marvel herself, in the upcoming Disney+ series.

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Though Vellani seems to have already managed to warm herself to fans, one aspiring actress seems to have done quite the opposite.

A young woman named Dua, who went on Twitter by LedomasFilm, tweeted that Marvel/Disney had contacted her to audition for the role and, before long, the meltdown ensued.

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Dua revealed that she had been contacted by Marvel to audition for Kamala Khan/Ms Marvel.

Naturally, as social media does, many people accused her of lying about it and questioned the legitimacy of her claims, especially with how much reach Marvel and Disney have so, realistically, they could cast just about anyone they wanted.

What those naysayers didn’t expect, though, was Dua to come back with receipts, including screenshots of her signed Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) and a copy of the script.

The script appeared to just contain a conversation between two characters and, while it doesn’t give too much away, you can expect some Marvel sleuths to pull as much information as they can from it before long.

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Really, what makes this as controversial as it is was the decision to also share screenshots of the NDA. Though it does provide evidence of Dua’s audition for the role, it’s an NDA for a reason: you’re legally obligated not to share it or disclose information from it and, while she covered up most of the incriminating parts, it still seems like a clear violation of the agreement.

Since the tweets blew up, Dua’s account has been suspended by Twitter, but we imagine that’s the least of her worries right now, because Marvel and Disney are probably the two worst bridges to burn in the film industry.

It’s unclear what happens next for Dua and Ms Marvel, but updates will be provided as and when they’re available.

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