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The internet found a new ‘Barbenheimer’ to talk about

Does 2024 have a new “Barbenheimer?” The internet thinks so. 

On Thursday it was announced that Disney’s Moana 2 and Universal Pictures’ Wicked: Part One would premiere this year on the same day, November 27. Moana 2 will see the return of Auli’i Cravalho as the titular character, with the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson bringing back all of his godly glory as Maui. Then you have Wicked: Part One, which is a theatre gay’s dream come true, starring Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande as Elphaba and Glinda respectively.

To say that the internet is excited about this two films is an understatement. However, since these movies are coming out on the same day, X (formerly Twitter) users can’t stop talking about how this particular moment happened last year. In 2023, the world lost it when it was announced that Greta Gerwig’s Barbie and Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer would premiere on the same day, July 21.

The announcement manifested the cultural phenomenon that we know as “Barbenheimer.” Besides the internet creating a portmanteau of these two films’ names, social media users kept introducing Barbenheimer memes daily. We can, of course, expect their return when the Oscars take place in March, since both films are nominated for Best Picture.

Now, Moana 2 and Wicked: Part One seem to be the successors to the Barbenheimer title. Enter “Moaned,” “Mowicked,” or “Wickana.” The gays on the internet will continue to workshop that. Regardless, everyone is convinced that these two films are the new “Barbenheimer.”

We’ll see Moana 2 and Wicked: Part One sing it out in theaters on November 27. 

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