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January 6

January 6, 2015 – Marvel’s Agent Carter Premieres on ABC

“It’s just…during the war I had a sense of purpose, responsibility. But now, I connect the calls, but I never get a chance to make them. Do you know what I mean?”

On January 6, 2015, the live-action television series Marvel’s Agent Carter premiered on ABC. The series was based on the character of Peggy Carter from the Captain America film series, which in turn was based on the Marvel comic book series. It was set right after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger, with the timeline of right after World War II, and shared continuity with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The show aired for two seasons, for a total of eighteen episodes; although it achieved high critical praise, viewership declined, and the show was cancelled at the end of the second season. It starred Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, James D’Arcy as Edwin Jarvis, Chad Michael Murray as Jack Thompson, Enver Gjokaj as Daniel Sousa and Shea Whigham as Roger Dooley.

The series begins in 1946’s New York City, with Agent Peggy Carter remembering the moment when she lost the love of her life, Steve Rogers (also known as Captain America). She reads the newspaper to find that her friend Howard Stark has been wanted for questioning in regards to the sale of weapons-grade technology to enemies of the United States. She continues to recall her life as she cleans up her apartment. She is greeted by friend Colleen, who urges Peggy to go out and start dating again, unaware of Peggy’s real occupation as an agent of the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR). Peggy heads into work, and refuses to let her boss, Roger Dooley, assign her to phone duty. There, the agents are briefed more on Howard Stark, and his fall from grace. Six of Stark’s inventions have shown up on the black market, and he’s been branded as a fugitive from justice. Peggy objects to this, knowing her friend is not a traitor, but Dooley refuses to listen. Fellow agent Daniel Sousa stands up for Peggy when another agent makes a misogynistic comment about her, although she isn’t pleased, because she can handle it herself. The rest of the staff treats her like a secretary, but Peggy won’t let that phase her.

Peggy goes to a local diner, where she sees her waitress friend Angie. She then finds a mysterious note on her table telling her to head to the alley in five minutes, and there she finds a mysterious stranger who plans to take her, but Peggy defends herself, only to find that it’s her friend Howard Stark and his butler, Edwin Jarvis. Stark asserts his innocence, saying that he has a secret vault where he stashes his “bad babies,” the inventions he doesn’t even trust with his friends. While he was in Monaco, his vault had been broken into, with the inventions then ending up on the black market. He asks Peggy to clear his name, as he wants to find the person who did this, and he trusts her more than anyone. He offers her a “mission that matters,” and she is intrigued by the offer. Stark then leaves to retrieve some of his “bad babies,” and warns her that another will end up in New York the next day before leaving her in the care of his butler, Jarvis.

The next day, Peggy sets to work on her new mission, and provides Agent Sousa with some false information about Stark hating water to drive him off the trail. Sousa lets her know that Thompson is working on a lead from club owner Spider Raymond, with a team going in undercover. She asks for a sick day to deal with “ladies things,” which she is reluctantly granted by Dooley. That night, the deal for Stark’s invention goes down at Raymond’s club La Martinique, while Peggy arrives disguised as a blonde, Raymond’s weakness. She is able to make her way past his bodyguard to Raymond’s office, and inquires about Stark’s invention: molecular nitramene. She tries to seduce Raymond for the formula, but he kisses her and gets inadvertently knocked out by her lipstick, which doubles as a sedative. She then opens his safe to find that the formula has already been turned into a weapon. She calls Jarvis, and they both realize that the bomb is now ready to go off, and she now needs to deactivate it. As this occurs, Agent Thompson and his team arrive at the club. As Raymond’s bodyguard shows up to warn him about the SSR agents, Peggy overpowers him and sneaks out while a man in a green suit heads up the stairs to see Raymond. When Raymond wakes up, he panics when he sees the safe open, but is then killed by the man in the green suit. Peggy manages to sneak out past Thompson and heads home, unaware that she has been followed out by the man in the green suit.

When Peggy arrives at the apartment, she starts working to deactivate the bomb, and manages to do so. Unfortunately, when she steps out of the bathroom, she finds that Colleen has been killed, and the man the green suit is there with a gun. She notices he has a scar on his neck where his voice box is, rendering him unable to speak, and manages to push him out a window, but he disappears. The next day she reports the news of the night’s events to Jarvis, berating herself for getting Colleen killed. Jarvis consoles her, telling her she’s a credit to her profession and capable of doing such good. He takes her to meet Dr. Anton Vanko at Stark Industries, who informs them of what the bomb is made of, and where production can be traced: Roxxon Oil Refinery. He always warns them that the bomb, while no longer volatile, is still active, releasing Vita-Rays. This prompts Peggy to search for Steve Rogers’ file at SSR HQ, and is interrupted by Agent Sousa. He cheers her up, and she puts away Steve’s picture before pulling out what she was really looking for. Meanwhile, the man in the green suit tells his superiors about Peggy’s interference and requests permission to terminate her, which he is granted.

Peggy and Jarvis head to Roxxon Oil, and Peggy sneaks inside the facility alone. There, she discovers that the facility is mass-producing the nitramine weapons. Unfortunately, as Jarvis tries to warn Peggy via radio, it gives away her position in the factory, but she is able to subdue most of the factory workers, save for the silent Leet Brannis, who reveals a whole truck full on the nitramine bombs, as well as the same scar on his neck as the man in the green suit. He uses a special machine to speak to Peggy, informing her that he is just a businessman that sells to people who murder, and that Leviathan is coming. He then lets one of the bombs loose, giving her 30 seconds to get out of the way. She is able to escape into the car with Jarvis before the factory explodes, and the pair marvel at the destruction. Meanwhile, back at SSR HQ, Dooley and Thompson talk about Raymond’s murder when they get the call that Roxxon Oil has been blown up, and that the building is just gone. The next day, Peggy and Jarvis debrief on what she had been told about Leviathan, and Jarvis heads out to check Stark’s files. Afterwards, Peggy manages to stop Angie’s harasser from doing further damage, while Jarvis gets on the phone with Stark, and agrees that she will be an excellent choice.

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August 21

August 21, 2011 – The Second D23 Expo Comes to a Close

“The Ultimate Disney Fan Event”

On August 21, 2011, the second biennial D23 Expo had its final day. Featured at the Anaheim Convention Center, the final day featured 15 exhibitions and panels for Disney fans to peruse, including a panel about the evolution of Marvel comics by Chief Creative Office Joe Quesada; a conversation with Steve Pilcher and Tia Kratter, called The Art of Brave; and a special discussion with film preservationist Ed Hobelman and Imagineer and Disney Legend Tony Baxter, called MORE of the Wonderful World of Vintage Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

July 24

July 24, 2009 – Stan Lee’s Time Jumper Motion Comic is Released

“‘Time Jumper’ is more than a typical superhero. He’s a trend-setting breakthrough across all media; a hero for today’s digital age and tomorrow’s multiplatform entertainment.” – Stan Lee

On July 24, 2009, the motion comic Stan Lee’s Time Jumper premiered online. A partnership between comic creator Stan Lee and Walt Disney Home Entertainment, the series follows secret agent Terry Dixon, who works for the government organization HUNT, while using a cell phone/time machine created by his father to search for his missing brother Sam. Each section of the comic was a five-minute episode, complete with music, voice acting, and fast-paced storyboarding.

January 11

January 11, 2017 – The Iron Man Experience Opens in Hong Kong Disneyland

“One of the world’s greatest super heroes is among us.”

On January 11, 2017, the Marvel-themed attraction Iron Man Experience opened in Hong Kong Disneyland. The first Marvel-themed attraction to open in a Disney park, the experience gave guests the opportunity to explore the inventions of Tony Stark, along with a chance to meet Iron Man himself and play in the interactive game Become Iron Man. The area is split into four sections: Stark Expo, Take Flight with Iron Man Above Hong Kong, Heroic Encounter with Iron Man, and Become Iron Man at The Stark Expo. Guests are also able to shop for special Iron Man themed merchandise, as well as eat and drink Iron Man themed food and beverages, such as an Iron Man Waffle.

March 31

March 31, 2012 – The Avengers-Themed Monorail Debuts in Walt Disney World

“…our partners at Marvel Studios are bringing Marvel’s The Avengers to Walt Disney World Resort this spring!”

On March 31, 2012, the day after the official announcement on the Walt Disney Parks Blog, the newly designed Avengers-themed monorail, affectionately known as the “Avengerail,” debuted in Walt Disney World. Featuring characters played by actors Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor), the monorail promoted the film, which was scheduled to be released on May 4, 2012.

February 22

February 22, 2015 – Big Hero 6 Wins Academy Award for Best Animated Feature

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“We would really like to thank the Academy for honoring our film…this has been an amazing year for animated films, and we are privileged to be in your company.” – Don Hall, Co-Director for Big Hero 6

On February 22, 2015, the 87th Academy Awards were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Walt Disney Animation Studios walked away with the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for the movie Big Hero 6, giving the studio its second Academy Award in this category after the previous year’s win for Frozen. The film was the winner against such films as The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Song of the Sea, and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

February 12

February 12, 2016 – Disney CEO Bob Iger is Named to the Toy Industry Hall of Fame

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“Mr. Iger has done an impressive job of building on Disney’s rich history and growing their storytelling portfolio, creating new experiences and unforgettable memories for generations of kids to come.” – Toy Industry Association President and CEO Steve Pasierb

On February 12, 2016, the Toy Industry Association inducted the newest member of the Toy Industry Fall of Fame: CEO of The Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger. Iger was added thanks to his contributions to the toy industry, as well as the “impact his work has had on the lives of children worldwide.” Iger was also recognized for growing the Disney portfolio with the acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm, and creating new creative platforms for each of them. He was inducted in a special presentation at the 16th annual Toy of the Year Awards ceremony at the 113th North American International Toy Fair, which also celebrated the Toy Industry Association’s centennial.