During the Super Bowl, Disney+ made a bit of a splash with a commercial for their upcoming Marvel shows. The 30-second spot featured the first footage from The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, WandaVision, and Loki, as the MCU expands onto television (or whatever we call it these days).
Disney+ has already had success translation a big-budget movie franchise onto the small screen with The Mandalorian, which has only just wrapped up its first season before immediately announcing that season 2 was coming, and soon. Well, now we know exactly how soon it will be for Baby Yoda to return, as Disney+ announced premiere dates for both the second season of the live-action Star Wars show and the debuts of those aforementioned Marvel shows.
According to Variety, per Disney CEO Bob Iger’s comments to stockholders on an earnings call, Mando will return in October of 2020, with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier coming a few months before that in August, and WandaVision landing in December (no word yet on Loki).
It also sounds like Mando might be bringing some friends along from is a galaxy far far away, as with Iger hinting at the possibility of a Mandalorian Expanded Universe, including many new characters and potential spin-offs. Iger told those on the call that there will be “more coming from The Mandalorian hereafter, including the possibility of infusing it with more characters and the possibility of taking those characters in their own directions in terms of series.”
Exactly who could that be? We’ve met Cara Dune, Gina Carano’s rebel-turned-mercenary, and unfortunately, killer droid-turned-killer babysitter IG-11 is toast. But we already know that the next season will tie more directly into the Star Wars movies, with rumors about the Emperor abounding, and there have been hints that more characters from the Skywalker saga will be turning up. Perhaps one or two of them will warrant their own series, like Obi-Wan.
Given that season one ended with the reveal of the Dark Saber and the promise of Mando and Baby Yoda gallivanting around the universe looking for The Child’s home planet and people, there are countless possibilities to run into old friends. Maybe a Wookie, or a couple of droids, maybe even a triumphant Jedi celebrating victory over the Empire and training a new generation of Jedi nights, including a powerful young nephew who is tempted by the dark side.
Would any of them interest you in a spin-off? Like you wouldn’t watch a Knights of Ren spin-off.