After waiting for eight years, Po is finally returning with his gang in Kung Fu Panda 4! While many new rumors and updates are circulating online, DreamWorks has officially released the first image of a new character who will be appearing in the fourth film.
From the first look to the plotline, here’s everything that you need to know about the Kung Fu Panda 4!.
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New Character For Kung Fu Panda 4 Is Officially Revealed!
The Kung Fu Panda saga is too wide and full of surprises, we never knows what is going to happen next. We’ve seen how beautifully the DreamWorks studio has introduced us with toms of new characters in the previous installments, and it seems like they are going to follow the same trend once again.
We knew that a lot is going to happen in the fourth movie and we may get a chance to watch new characters in the movie, and now, the DreamWorks studios has officially confirmed our speculations.
Recently, the studio has shared a massive new poster featuring dozens of characters from all of the studio’s movies, including some of the most popular franchises like Shrek, How To Train Your Dragon, Trolls and others.
Just like the other franchises, our Po the panda was also present in the poster along with the crane, however, there was something which is now making us even more excited for Kung Fu Panda 4.
Near the middle of the image, Jack Black’s Po from the Kung Fu Panda movies is seen alongside a brand new character from Kung Fu Panda 4 named Zhen.
This anthropomorphic fox is said to play a key role in the next Kung Fu Panda movie, although it’s still unknown who will voice the role. There’s a chance that this part will be played by Awkwafina, who was reported to be part of this film’s cast by The Hollywood Handle in May 2023.
Now we have to look forward to this character because if the studio is mentioning him in it’s poster along with some of the most trusted and lovable characters of DreamWorks, then it means that Zhen is definitely going to play a very important role in Kung Fu Panda 4.
Apart from him, some new reports are also claiming that the fourth movie will introduce many other new faces who will be guiding Po during his whole last journey. This is because it has already been confirmed that Po will be leaving his position of Dragon Warrior in the fourth movie.
So it means not only Zhen, but we should also expect many other new faces in the Kung Fu Panda 4!
What Is The Plotline Of Kung Fu Panda 4?
Now we knows that Zhen is one of those new faces who will be appearing in Kung Fu Panda 4, but what exactly is happening in the movie?
Luckily, there’s no need to speculate more about the plotline because Jack Black himself has revealed many interesting details in the CinemaCon.
Based on what Black said about the story, Po has improved a lot since Kung Fu Panda 3, as he is set to become the new spiritual leader of the Valley of Peace. However, before becoming the spiritual leader, he must find a successor to become the new Dragon Warrior.
Black further revealed that Po appears to find one in Zhen, a fox with plenty of promising abilities but who doesn’t quite like the idea of our Dragon Warrior training him. Luckily, the two eventually learns to get along and finally starts their training in different locations and becomes a true master/student team.
So this is what the chemistry between our Po and Zhen is going to look like in the final installment. However, they have to go through multiple challenges where their bond will be tested and that’s where the real beauty of friendship will be showcased!
Black has also revealed tons of new updates about the villain of Kung Fu Panda 4. According to him, the name of the villain is going to be the chameleon, who is also referred as one of the most dangerous and deadliest villain of the DreamWorks history.
According to the actor himself, this new villain has the power to bring back enemies from Po’s past. Yes, it’s true.
Jack Black has further revealed that the chameleon is going to create a lot of mess by bringing back all villains from the past movie, which includes the characters like the Crane, Tai Lung and others. To stop them, Po and Zhen must have to leave the Valley of Peace and go into the big city for the first time.
Kung Fu Panda 4 will probably further advance Po’s path as a Kung Fu master and the Dragon Warrior, making the next Kung Fu Panda movie especially interesting, as the TV shows advanced Po’s story a lot, but their canon status isn’t clear.
Some other reports which have been released by some of the well known Hollywood Insiders has also revealed that Po will be receiving many new powers in the fourth film because DreamWorks is assuming it as the final chapter of our Po’s life.
It doesn’t means that the whole saga is coming to an end, but the studio is finally looking forward to conclude the story of this legendary warrior which has saved many lives and is known for making our childhood even more memorable.
Apart from these details, no other official synopsis or solid plot has been revealed by the studio, but we can easily trust on Jack Black because he will never deceive his fans. So be ready to dive deep into the world of Kung Fu Masters where some of the most iconic characters are going to return for a final battle!
What Is The New Release Schedule Of Kung Fu Panda 4?
Now this is the update for which you’ve been waiting for and finally we’ve gotten some very solid news about it.
We knows that the release date of any movie depends upon various factors, some of the most important one can be the filming, animation process, casting and production state. All of these fields plays a very vital role in releasing any movie on time.
Luckily, if you don’t know then the voice over work has officially been completed by the studio, however, some new reports are claiming that the voice over of new characters is not finished yet because of the late casting of actors.
As of now, Kung Fu Panda 4 is set to hit theatres on March 8, 2024, but there is a huge possibility that the studio may delay the movie due to it’s incomplete voice acting works.
Also there are many external factors which might affect the release date of this movie, and the biggest factor is the ongoing writer’s and actor’s strike, which has caused a lot of chaos in the Hollywood by delaying many other movies of almost all of the studios out there.
Recently we saw how Warner Bros has delayed their Dune Part 2 which was set to hit theatres in late 2023, but now the movie is releasing in the March of 2024. Also the Walt Disney is also releasing one of it’s most controversial live action remake of Snow White in the same month.
So the busy box office schedule in the March of 2024 can also affect the performance of Kung Fu Panda 4, that’s why the studio may push it to the mid of 2024.
However, all of these things depends upon the present scenario of the Hollywood, and the things will get even more clear in the upcoming month. So keep checking us to stay updated.
Who Is In The Cast?
While not a lot is known about the casting of Kung Fu Panda 4, Jack Black will return to voice Po once again, which was obvious as the actor has shown his love to this movie by returning again and again even for most of the franchise’ short films as well.
Apart from him, we knows that Angelina Jolie is definitely going to return to voice The Furious Five’s Tigress. She is set to play a very important role in the future of this saga as well. It has also been revealed that Awkwafina is officially joining the cast as Zhen, who will be our new Dragon Master.
Since Black has officially confirmed that “The Chameleon” is going to bring back the villains from the previous Kung Fu Panda movies, we may get a chance to watch David Cross as the voice of Crane once again. Lucy Liu will be playing the role of Viper and Jackie Chan will definitely join the cast as Monkey for sure.
Next comes our talented Seth Rogen who might make his return to this epic franchise as the Mantis once again as he is also a central character as Jack Black’s Po in the Kung Fu Panda movie franchise.
There’s also Master Shifu who will be played by Dustin Hoffman along with James Hong who might return as Mr. Ping. Po’s biological father Li Shan might also make an appearance, although it’s unclear whether it would be Fred Tatasciore or Bryan Cranston to voice him at this stage.
There’s also the question of who will voice the Kung Fu Panda 4 villain ‘The Chameleon‘. After Ian McShane‘s Tai Lung, Gary Oldman‘s Shen, and JK Simmons‘ Kai, whoever steps up as the Kung Fu Panda 4 bad guy has some big shoes to fill.
But we knows that DreamWorks is also known for it’s perfect casting and whoever will voice this new villain is definitely going to make this movie a masterpiece.
What Is The Future Of The Kung Fu Panda Saga?
After going through all these details, we now knows that Kung Fu Panda 4 is going to be the final cut in the life of Po, but does it mean that the studio will close this epic saga for ever?
As per now, we are lucky in this phase because DreamWorks has confirmed several times that they have a lot to deliver in this legendary tale. Now the fourth film is going to introduce us with a new Dragon Master, so it opens the doors for many other plotlines in itself.
The major plotline which can be introduced is the backstory of our new Dragon Master. The studio can dive deep into his past where we may uncover many new characters.
We’ve seen how the studio kept this franchise alive through many spinoff shows and short films, so the same treatment can be given to Zhen in the near future. DreamWorks can also move forward with our new master where our Po can play the role of a mentor and Zhen can be seen in many new adventures.
But in short, Kung Fu Panda 4 is going to be the final cut in this epic saga, but a lot is going to happen in the future of this epic Kung Fu Panda franchise.
We will make sure to update you as soon as we gets any new update, so make sure to stick around with the Movie World Network to stay up to date. Till that, Stay Safe, Peace Out!