Even if you aren’t a fan of Disney, there is probably little doubt you’ve heard some of the news coming out of the annual shareholder meeting that was held earlier today at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco: a Frozen 2 sequel is in the works and Star Wars: Rogue One is headed to a galaxy near you in 2016.
And then there are the parts you didn’t get to hear and see, the clips — unless, of course, you were in the at-capacity audience. Fortunately, I was one of them and I am about to detail (to the best of my memory) what I heard and saw when the live stream was blocked.
Let us start with the new clip from Marvel’s Age of Ultron (May 1, 2015). The clip so nice, Robert Iger made the quiet joke twice. The scene opens with an armored police vehicle arriving on the scene. An incredibly angry and destructive Hulk is witnessed tearing up the streets, destroying cars and spreading all-out panic. Police, heavily armed with machine guns, openly fire on the Hulk to no avail. In the distance comes Iron Man, flying at super speed to the scene. ‘Hold your fire,’ he commands to the responding teams below. He is flanked by large metal objects that speed along through the air with him, keeping up every step of the way. We cut back to the menacing Hulk and all of a sudden, a large steel (?) surfboard-shaped object slams itself down in the pavement in front of him. Then another. And another. Before you know it, Hulk is trapped inside a giant, solid metallic ‘box.’ At least, that is, until Hulk smashes free and then continues his rampage. And then, it assembles — piece by piece — the Hulkbuster, almost in Mark 42 fashion. ‘The witch is messing with your brain,’ Stark tells Hulk. ‘You’re smarter than her, you’re Bruce Banner.’ This yields an even angrier response from Hulk and it’s on. Hulkbuster vs. Hulk. The Hulkbuster usually seems to have the upper-hand, as they drag each other through the streets, tearing up the pavement. At least until Hulk ends up on the Hulkbuster’s back, impaling the shoulder with a traffic light pole. ‘Dick move, Banner’ responds Stark as they continue to fight. Then the damaged pieces of the Hulkbuster fall off and are quickly replaced with new parts. Different parts. And now Hulkbuster is atop Hulk, Stark treating Hulk’s head as a punching bag, literally pounding Hulk’s head into the pavement over and over and over (much to the amusement of the audience). ‘Sleep, go to sleep’ chants Stark, but spoiler alert: it doesn’t work. Then, one of the replaced parts of the Hulkbuster, the arm missing a hand, wraps itself around Hulk’s arm and sucks him in and Iron Man takes flight, toting Hulk by the arm.
Also shown to the attendees was a trailer for Inside Out (June 19, 2015). But it wasn’t the trailer released on the internet, at least not the first half of it. As it turns out, two different cuts of the trailer were made and while the public got one trailer, the shareholder meeting attendees got another. Essentially the first half was completely different. While in the public trailer, it rehashed the first trailer with Mom, Dad and Riley at the super table, the other trailer focused on Riley’s first day of school in San Francisco. It started off with Mom and Dad seeing Riley off and Dad trying to make it easy for Riley by being goofy and telling her to ‘act like a monkey.’ We then cut to Riley’s emotions and we see Fear plop down a stack of papers on the console and talk about how he’s gone through a list of all Riley’s worst fears. I forgot the first one, but the second was quicksand and the third — the very worst of all — is being called on by the teacher. Cut to Riley in class, being introduced and called on by the teacher. ‘Right out the gate?!’ exclaims Fear. Most of the remaining portions of the trailer were the same as the public, however.
And then there was one. Rogue One. The concept art heard around the world. Although I’m quite shocked it hasn’t been released yet, my personal take on it was it evoked concept art of a video game. It personally screamed Halo to me. It was very dark and done in greens, so it evoked the idea that it was being done under the cloak of night. Dozens of figures in fatigues appeared to be storming something with a strange helicopterish vehicle (open on the sides) in the background, releasing more troops.
There was more footage to be had, of course, the traditional opening video montage focused on what was current and soon-to-be current of the Walt Disney Company. Of note was various new spotty footage from films such as Inside Out, Tomorrowland, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Alice in Wonderland 2. It also included snippets from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, but primarily stuff already shown in the teaser trailer or extended bits of it.