Two things tend to define classic Disney movies: a childlike sense of fun that can easily be parlayed into theme-park attractions, and death, specifically of parents, and especially of mothers. The studio’s latest live-action update, Mary Poppins Returns, will be no different. The sequel to the 1964 original follows Michael and Jane Banks, who have grown up; Michael even has children of his own. Those kids — you guessed it — have a dead mom. “Michael, a banker by day but artist at heart, has run his home with warmth and love,” EW writes, “but when his young wife dies suddenly, the home becomes nothing more than a cold house.” Anyway, Michael is played by Ben Whishaw and he has a great mustache. Emily Mortimer plays his sister Jane, who’s now a union organizer. It’s not clear at the moment who plays Michael’s wife, or what her name is. It is clear that she will be dead.
Michael, plus mustache, minus wife. Photo: Jay Maidment/Disney/Entertianment Weekly