Steven Universe: Future’s opening sequence is a joyous celebration of how far Steven and the Crystal Gems have come since they began fighting to save the Earth and free the rest of Gemkind from the Diamonds’ authoritarian rule. But because this is Steven Universe we’re talking about, it was never a question whether the opening sequence was hiding a dark story to come.
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Steven Universe: royal heir, galactic saviour, budding fashion maven. And now you can wear his best outfit for real.
There has long been a joy to the physical capacity of holding a book — even in this age where we can download a million volumes to our phones and e-readers, there’s just something about the heft of a book in your hands that still feels a little bit like magic. But a new Steven Universe book out today takes that magic a step further, as befitting a saga of magical space rocks.
Steven Universe: The Movie does a lot to acknowledge the great strides the series has made since it began six years ago, but on top of that, it’s also a grand celebration of something the series has long been passionate about: musical theatre. Not only is The Movie a full-on, all-singing-all-dancing spectacle, it’s a very good one.
While Steven Universe: The Movie’s very much a story about the Crystal Gems’ future, it spends a fair amount of time exploring the Gems’ pasts in a novel way that makes you appreciate how far everyone’s come. The movie introduces some rather interesting new aspects of all the Gems’ personalities, Pearl in particular.
After I started recommending The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance to anyone I possibly could, two questions kept cropping up. The first was “Do I have to watch (or re-watch) the movie to understand it?”, but it’s the second that fascinated me the most: “What’s the point of investing in these characters knowing they’re doomed to fail?”
Oscar Isaac says to expect some Poe Dameron backstory in The Rise of Skywalker. Aladdin’s producer is still discussing a sequel to the live-action remake. Derek Kolstad has some goofy ideas about where John Wick could go next. Rebecca Sugar says that Steven Universe will continue after The Movie. Plus, what’s to come on The Flash. Spoilers now!
One of the greatest things about Steven Universe: The Movie is the time it spends with Lapis, Peridot and Bismuth to show how the final three members to join Steven’s Crystal Gems have all grown into interesting new leadership roles now that the great war with the Diamonds has been brought to an end.
From the moment Steven Universe: The Movie’s sumptuously-produced opening credits begin rolling, you can see how Rebecca Sugar really, really wasn’t being subtle earlier this year. She explained how the Crewniverse had been secretly preparing for the Crystal Gems’ latest adventure with a number of the series’ earlier musical episodes and, interestingly, the illustrated storybooks based on the show that reimagine important moments as fairytales.
Steven Universe: The Movie had one of the best panels at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con despite the fact that it was light in the way of details about the film’s plot -- “light” being the operative word, here. While Rebecca Sugar didn’t stop to just list spoiler-y details about the movie, she did drop a handful of interesting tidbits. You just had to be listening for them.
San Diego Comic-Con has once again come and gone, leaving us with a flurry of feelings. Gizmodo was there to experience everything, giving you in-depth coverage on the ground and reporting on panels. There were plenty of highs, a few lows and one thing that was so strange we’re not sure what to make of it!
Warner Bros, Sony and Universal might be sitting out San Diego Comic-Con 2019, but we still have plenty of amazing panels to be excited about — especially in regards to new television shows. We’ll be covering all of it from San Diego next week, but for those prepping their must-see lists, we’re counting down the 10 most exciting panels happening at SDCC this year.
When Cartoon Network announced there’d be new details about the upcoming Steven Universe movie at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the thing most everyone immediately latched onto about the new character art was a small, but very significant update to Steven’s appearance that someone unfamiliar with the series might have missed. Look at that boy’s neck. It’s a new neck.
When we talked to Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar last year about the creative process that goes into crafting the series’ excellent music, we asked what other artists she had in heavy Spotify rotation. She mentioned Chance the Rapper (and his equally excellent rendition of the Arthur theme song). With that in mind, the latest news about Steven Universe: The Movie isn’t all that surprising.
Earlier this year, Steven Universe masterfully wove together threads it had been laying down for years in “Change Your Mind”, the grand culmination of an arc the series has been building toward since its inception—the end of what appears to just be one chapter of the Crystal Gems’ tales.
Now, it’s being turned into a very interesting book.
The heartfelt finale of Steven Universe’s most recent season brought this part of Steven’s story to a close in such a profound way that you could easily get the impression the series as a whole was coming to an end. That might not be the case.