Upcoming: New Media being release in May 2023
May 1, 2023 11:38 AM - Subscribe

Hi, this is a new feature we’re rolling out on FanFare, based on a suggestion from community member geoff. We’ve added a new category called 'Upcoming', which can be used to discuss upcoming media (tv, movies, books, etc) being released soon that people are interested in*. It's designed to be pretty low stakes, requiring very little in mod or development resources, so the community can just use it almost immediately to talk about upcoming media. To start things off, I’m gonna mention a few things are coming out in May that have me interested, but it’s not any sort of exhaustive list, nor should future posts by the community feel limited to the monthly format. Otherwise, for this initial post feel free to chime in about what you’re looking forward to media wise in May!

May 4
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (film)
The final film in a trilogy about the “cosmic Avengers” of the MCU, which will focus on the sarcastic (and sentient) Rocket Raccoon. James Gunn is returning as writer and director, along with Guardians from Vol. 2, plus a few more characters.

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story (Netflix)
The popular Bridgerton universe continues its expansion with a look at the rise of the title character (played by Golda Rosheuvel ) in this six episode limited series. Previous Bridgerton have been deliciously and charmingly fluffy (in the best possible way), with alternate takes on British aristocracy and monarchy. Come for the costumes and settings, stay for the dramatic storyline, because it looks to be fun!

May 9
Hannah Gadsby: Something Special (Netflix)
Best know for the hilarious and moving comedy specials Nanette and Douglas, Gadsby has made her name by mixing absolutely comedy with devastating insight into herself and humanity at large. I had no idea she was working on a third show and I’m keen to watch it. Just come prepared to possibly be uncomfortable amidst all the laughs.

May 10
The Muppets Mayhem (Disney+)
Look, it’s The Muppets, ok? It’s been nearly a decade since we’ve seen anything Muppet related, so we’re long overdue. But it’s not your typical cast of Kermit, Miss Piggy and like. Instead we’re focused on the musical muppet group, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, as they navigate trying to record their first album. I'm so there!

May 12
The Great (Hulu)
Season 3 of this occasionally true historical and satirical comedy-drama is loosely based Catherine the Great, Empress of All Russia. Sharp and witty, the first series chronicled Catherine’s (Elle Fanning) rise to power, which involved a coup against her husband, Peter III of Russia (Nicholas Hoult).

Fanning and Hoult have given fantastic performances as Catherine discovered she isn’t quite as simple and naive as she thought, while Peter realizes he isn’t as brutal as he would like (though he’s quite brutal at time). Where the series has excelled at is walking a very tight rope between laugh out loud funny and the cold nature of, well, performing a coup, which involves a lot of betrayal and killing.

May 19
Fast X Part 1 (film)
It’s that time fam, the beginning of the end of this wonderfully ridiculous family action series about cars, explosions, and heists, amidst the bonds of (scrolls through thesaurus), er, family. According to Wikipedia, the premise is this: Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) must protect his crew and family from Cipher (Charlize Theron), who now joins forces with Dante Reyes (jason Momoa), seeking revenge for his father's death. The cars and explosions currently remain unnamed, but you know they’re gonna be good.

That’s my short list of interesting media coming out in May, what are y’all looking forward to?

* This is a beta test of the new category and currently admins are the only people who can use it. Once everything seems like it’s working ok, any member of Metafilter will be able to make a post in the ‘Upcoming’ category.
posted by Brandon Blatcher (15 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm very curious about what kind of deals James Gunn wrangled to allow him to write & direct GotG3 while also running the DC films franchise.
posted by Saxon Kane at 11:57 AM on May 1

Gunn finished shooting GotG3 in May, 2022, and he was hired as the head of DC in November, 2022. While there was ongoing postproduction with GotG3, Gunn was mostly done with the film by that point.
posted by 1970s Antihero at 12:10 PM on May 1 [1 favorite]

If I may, I'll add a few upcoming titles:

The Cow Who Sang a Song into the Future: In a river in the south of Chile where fish are dying due to pollution from the nearby cellulose factory, long-deceased Magdalena (Mia Maestro) bubbles up to the surface gasping for air, bringing with her old wounds and a wave of family secrets. The shocking return of Magdalena sends her widowed husband (Alfredo Castro) into turmoil and prompts their daughter, Cecilia (Leonor Varela), to return home to the family’s dairy farm with her own children. There, Magdalena’s presence reverberates among her family, instigating fits of laughter and despair in equal measure with all but Cecilia’s eldest child (Enzo Ferrada Rosati), who seeks their grandmother’s love and unconditional understanding during a time of transition.

The Hole in the Fence: At a secluded exclusive summer camp in the Mexican countryside, under the watchful eyes of their adult guardians, boys from a prestigious private school receive physical, moral and religious training to turn them into tomorrow’s elite. The discovery of a hole in the fence sets in motion a chain of disturbing events.

The Machine: (inspired by the 2016 stand-up routine of the same name created by Bert Kreischer) Set 23 years after the original story which inspired it, The Machine finds Bert Kreischer facing familial crisis and the arrival of his estranged father (Mark Hamill) when the ghost of his booze-soaked past arrives: a murderous mobster (Iva Babić) hellbent on kidnapping Bert back to the motherland to atone for his crimes. Together, he and his father must retrace the steps of his younger self (Jimmy Tatro) in the midst of a war between a sociopathic crime family while they attempt to find common ground.

You Hurt My Feelings: A novelist's longstanding marriage is suddenly upended when she overhears her husband giving his honest reaction to her latest book.

Unrest: New technologies are transforming a 19th-century watchmaking town in Switzerland. Josephine, a young factory worker, produces the unrest wheel, swinging in the heart of the mechanical watch. Exposed to new ways of organizing money, time and labour, she gets involved with the local movement of the anarchist watchmakers, where she meets Russian traveller Pyotr Kropotkin.

Chile '76: During the early days of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship, Carmen (Aline Kuppenheim) leads a sheltered upper middle class existence. She heads to her summer house in the off-season to supervise its renovation, while also performing local charitable works through her church. Her husband, children, and grandchildren come back and forth during the winter vacation, bringing reminders of the world beyond. When the family priest asks her to take care of an injured young man he has been sheltering in secret, Carmen is inadvertently drawn into the world of the Chilean political opposition and must face real-world threats she is unprepared to handle, with potentially disastrous consequences for her and her entire family.

Silo: Adapted from the novels by Hugh Howey, Apple's latest sci-fi series is set on an apocalyptic future Earth that has become so toxic that only 10,000 humans survive. And they do so by living in a giant silo buried a mile beneath the surface—and have done so for so long that they cannot remember when life first moved underground. But who built the silo, and why? No one alive seems to know, and anyone who attempts to find out doesn't live long enough to tell. Is there a murder mystery too? And growing unrest among the survivors? Sure, why not.

SisterS: Susan Stanley and Barry's Sarah Goldberg play two women living on different continents who discover that they are half sisters—and then set out to track down their alcoholic father—in a dark comedy that the pair also created.

American Born Chinese: Reuniting the stars of Everything Everywhere All at Once—including recent Oscar winners Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan plus Oscar nominee Stephanie Hsu—the Disney+ action-comedy series American Born Chinese is an adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name and follows high school student Jim Wang whose encounter with a new exchange student unexpectedly finds him caught in a war between Chinese mythological gods.

Reality: Tina Satter directs an adaptation of her own play (Is This a Room) about the arrest of former NSA translator Reality Winner (played here by Sydney Sweeney) for leaking confidential government information. Like the play, the film pulls the entirety of its dialogue from a transcript of Winner's interrogation by FBI agents. That unusual approach produces a "gripping" and "fascinating" film according to critics who raved about Reality at its Berlinale premiere earlier this year.
posted by Saxon Kane at 12:13 PM on May 1 [4 favorites]

I'm very curious about what kind of deals James Gunn wrangled to allow him to write & direct GotG3 while also running the DC films franchise.

I think it is sequential. Gunn started his role at with the DCU about six months ago and rehiring at Marvel was in March 2019. GotG 3 was shot late 2021 to early-mid 2022, and he had already done The Suicide Squad before that.

Looks like the two studios are not exactly poison to each other -- after all, the same director who did the first two Avengers movies also finished up Justice League for the Distinguished Competition.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 12:15 PM on May 1

The timeline makes sense :)
posted by Saxon Kane at 12:19 PM on May 1

It’s analogous to what happened between Marvel and DC in the 1980s. In 1986, after years of getting kicked to the curb by Marvel, DC rebooted their comic book universe, and hired away one of Marvel’s top talents, John Byrne, to revamp Superman.
posted by 1970s Antihero at 12:25 PM on May 1

Probably mu household's most anticipated release this month is the new Zelda game. There've been more than a few posts on it on the Blue so I think there are some other people here that are also looking forward to it.

The newest issue of Miracleman is coming out on May 10. The current 6 issue arc was started in the 90s but was shelved after issue 2 due to first the publisher going bankrupt and then legal issues over who had the rights to Miracleman. The series restarted last year, first remastering the initial 2 issues and then finally releasing new material with issue 3. There's one more issue after this and then we'll have to wait for the next arc which might not be for a while either, but hopefully not another 20+ years.

Also Free Comic Book Day will be next Sunday. I don't know what's going to be released but there's always something good.
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 1:37 PM on May 1 [3 favorites]

While we don't discuss video games on Fanfare that I can see, I am anticipating every spare moment I have in the back half of May to be occupied by The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. I understand that the game's leaked now, and so that means I'll have to redouble my efforts to avoid spoilers. (I'm okay with anything Nintendo's formally released or given the OK to share as part of previews.)
posted by synecdoche at 2:27 PM on May 1

Saxon Kane, I'll be watching Silo as well. The trailer looks good!
posted by mochapickle at 3:59 PM on May 1

PS: You Hurt My Feelings stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus!
posted by Saxon Kane at 5:02 PM on May 1

Martha Wells' Witch King!

I pre-ordered it but unlike the last time I pre-ordered a book (Connie Willis' Terra Incognita) I haven't forgotten I ordered it so it won't be a pleasant surprise, just an eagerly awaited novel.
posted by fiercekitten at 7:14 PM on May 1

My book club read SILO a couple years back (just before the pandemic). I was wondering if that was the same thing; I think "Silo" was the overarching name for the trilogy, and we read each separately-titled book in sequence so I wasn't sure.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 1:28 AM on May 2 [1 favorite]

Martha Wells' Witch King!

I had no idea Wells had written so many other books! My library’s ebook offerings consists only of the Murderbot series and one of her StarWars books.

Also, looking at Wells’ bibliography, there appears to be a new Murderbot book coming later this year!
posted by Thorzdad at 6:36 AM on May 2 [1 favorite]

I'm going to re-up my subscription to Netflix just for Queer Eye Season 7; the guys head to New Orleans for some well-coiffed catharsis. Coming May 12th.
posted by MrVisible at 8:58 AM on May 2

15 Films To See In May from Film Stage lists some neat-looking indies, including some Saxon Kane mentioned above, a new Paul Schrader, as well as "Will-o’-the-Wisp, a delightfully sexual and imaginative queer firefighter musical fantasy" from João Pedro Rodrigues.
posted by mediareport at 7:10 AM on May 3

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