Days after The Mandalorian, the first-ever live-action Star Wars TV show, premiered on Disney+, director Jon Favreau teased the start of filming on season 2. So far, The Mandalorian has been released to mostly positive reviews from critics. When Disney+ finally launched after months of buildup this week, The Mandalorian was one of its biggest draws. Early reports indicate that more than 10 million customers have signed up for the new streaming platform.
In addition to the pilot of The Mandalorian, Disney+ launched with oodles of Marvel and Star Wars movies and TV shows for fans to enjoy. Already, The Mandalorian has been renewed for season 2, and more Star Wars TV shows could be on their way. A potential series about Obi-Wan Kenobi could also be coming to the streaming platform in the near future. In addition, Disney is investing in new Marvel TV shows including Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki. For his part, Favreau has been involved in some of the biggest pop-culture releases of the past decade, as both an actor and director. In addition to executive producing The Mandalorian, he directed the first Iron Man films and Disney's 2019 version of The Lion King. As an actor, he's appeared numerous times in the MCU, most recently in Spider-man: Far From Home.
The Mandalorian pilot just premiered this week to much fanfare, but the cast and crew are already hard at work on season 2. On his Instagram page, Favreau teased fans with a message from the set of The Mandalorian, writing, "Greetings from the set of #TheMandalorian season 2." Along with that brief message, the director shared a single image of a dusty Mandalorian battle helmet, seen below:
The Mandalorian, complete with its shocking twist ending, has broken new ground for the Star Wars universe. The show tells new stories and introduces new characters, but it also includes numerous easter eggs and references to previous Star Wars movies. Boba Fett, also a bounty hunter, has proven to be one of the most popular Star Wars characters ever created, and now Pedro Pascal plays a new galactic bounty hunter in the Disney+ show. Star Wars fans have previously enjoyed animated TV series set in George Lucas' universe, but The Mandalorian finally brings the franchise to prestige TV.
Disney appears to be investing heavily in this new format for both Star Wars and Marvel. Kevin Feige, architect of the MCU, has revealed that the new Disney+ Marvel TV shows will tie into the upcoming Marvel movies. So far, the Marvel movies and TV shows have existed within their own spheres. With The Mandalorian and upcoming Marvel TV shows, Disney is betting that movie fans will be hungry for more stories based on their favorite characters. With millions of customers already streaming Disney+, it's a bet that seems to be paying off. Disney+ customers can continue streaming season 1 of The Mandalorian every Friday through the end of the year.
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