News Movies News TV | Written by Matt Taylor 23/04/2021

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY HOLIDAY SPECIAL Script Ready to Go + More From the MCU!

Well, isn’t this a bumper day for the MCU? Not only is the incredible finale of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier now available on Disney+ (read our thoughts here), but we’ve got a bucketload of Marvel news coming your way too.

First up is the news that Disney and Sony have reached a huge agreement about the streaming exclusivity of Sony movies. The new deal means that Sony’s film slate all the way through to 2026 will eventually be available to stream on Disney+ – after their run on Netflix, as was announced last week.

Not only does this cover Sony’s future films, including any and all Spider-Man-related projects, but it also includes their wide-ranging back catalogue – some of which is expected to be added to the streaming service as soon as June.

However, as Variety notes, the deal as it stands only includes the US, so those of us outside the States will have to wait and see what the conglomerates have planned for us.

Elsewhere in the MCU, director James Gunn announced yesterday that the script for the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is now complete, writing on Twitter: “This is the wrapping. The present is inside.”

Gunn, who is currently hard at work on his Peacemaker TV series for DC ahead of the release of The Suicide Squad this summer, also revealed that the special is set after Thor: Love and Thunder, in which several of the Guardians are set to appear, and before the upcoming third Guardians movie, which is set to film later this year. The new special will air on Disney+ next Christmas, and will hopefully be better than the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special that inspired it.

Speaking of the Norse god, Man of Steel’s Russell Crowe revealed that he’s set to play Zeus in the upcoming film from Taika Waititi. How the Greek god will interact with the Norse ones remains to be seen, but with the additions of Natalie Portman as Jane Foster’s incarnation of Thor and Christian Bale as the villainous Gorr the God Butcher, Waititi’s movie is set to be a cracker.

And finally for now, the MCU’s resident archer Jeremy Renner took to Instagram to announce that the Disney+ series Hawkeye has completed filming.

 
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The series, which is expected to drop on Disney+ later this year, will follow Clint Barton’s mentorship of Kate Bishop, who, it was revealed last year, will be portrayed by Bumblebee’s Hailee Steinfeld.

Whew, what a day for MCU content! Are you tired? We’re tired. Maybe it’s time we took a leaf out of Drax’s book and just stopped paying attention for a bit.

Ah, who are we kidding? We can’t wait for the next wave of MCU content to feast on – and that starts with the long-awaited Loki series on June 11.