The 30th season of Power Rangers has been announced as part of the recent Power Rangers Day festivities. Power Rangers Cosmic Fury will continue the storylines of the previous season, Power Rangers Dino Fury, and will see the return of these Rangers as the main cast.
Happy #PowerRangersDay, #RangerNation! We’re proud to announce that #PowerRangers: Cosmic Fury will begin filming this fall & debut in ‘23 with Simon Bennett returning as EP! For the 1st time since Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the current cast will be returning for a 3rd season! pic.twitter.com/c1ZAaTYJ8H
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The six main characters of Power Rangers Dino Fury will return in Cosmic Fury, presumably with new powers in tow. Having the main cast return for a third season hasn’t been done in the franchise since the original three seasons of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
Since Power Rangers Samurai, each iteration has been broken up into two seasons, so it is refreshing to see the franchise expand this concept even further. For now, it can be assumed that the Red, Blue, Black, Pink, Green, and Gold Dino Fury will keep their colours despite getting these new powers.
So what can we hope for in this season and what could Cosmic Fury be adapting from the original Japanese Super Sentai counterpart? Let’s take a look at the possibilities.
Stronger Than Before
When it comes to the Super Sentai franchise, Japanese fans are used to seeing a yearly change in their Rangers, with new powers, weaponry, and a whole new setting being refreshed with each new iteration.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers did its best to keep the original dinosaur-based superheroes in the spotlight, only changing up their giant Zords and keeping the Zyuranger-based suits. Even when they introduced ninja powers in the Mighty Morphin movie and third season, it took a lot of creativity and editing wizardry to retain the subterfuge.
The creators of Power Rangers began to change their tune with the Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers mini-series, which was the first time we saw a whole new team of Rangers taking the spotlight.
The core Mighty Morphin team did make their return eventually as Power Rangers Zeo, where the team finally received all-new suits and Zords, which was truly the first big step forward for the franchise. Since then, Power Rangers have followed Super Sentai’s example and introduced new teams of Rangers with each season.
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From Mighty Morphin to In Space, Power Rangers have kept a steady continuity centered around the teenagers with attitude from Angel Grove and their mystical leader Zordon. This all culminated in the death of Zordon at the end of In Space, which marked the end of an era.
From Lost Galaxy onwards, each season was very much its own standalone series, with minor callbacks to previous seasons. Previous Rangers would only return in special yearly crossovers, as well as special anniversary events.
The tenth anniversary was significant as it featured the return of nine Red Rangers from previous seasons in Power Rangers Wild Fury for an epic team-up. The fifteenth, twentieth, and twenty-fifth also saw team-ups of similar scales.
So with Cosmic Fury marking the thirtieth anniversary of Power Rangers, we can easily expect some sort of celebration of the series’ legacy. Hopefully, this lives up to the return of Mighty Morphin villain Lord Zedd in Dino Fury and the crossover we recently saw in Beast Morphers.
Rangers At the Core
So what season of Super Sentai will Cosmic Fury be adapting? Well, with a name that implies a space-based connection, it can only be Uchu Sentai Kyuranger. This cosmic team was also noteworthy for the franchise as it featured nine main characters, instead of the usual five.
Dino Fury already has many cosmic elements in its two seasons, with two main Rangers being aliens and the team’s powers coming from another planet. There’s also the return of the power-giving Ninja Nexus Prism, a plot thread that has since been left hanging for multiple episodes of Dino Fury and could be the source of the new Cosmic Fury powers.
Judging by the foundations laid down by Dino Fury, one can presume that the main six Rangers are likely to lose their Dino Fury powers. Their new powers will be similar to how the Zeo cast received their new powerset at the beginning of the Zeo season.
With six Rangers already confirmed, all that needs to be introduced is the three other main Rangers and the three other auxiliary Rangers seen in Kyuranger. These could potentially be returning Rangers from prior seasons, either from legacy seasons like Mighty Morphin or more recent seasons like Ninja Steel.
Either way, it is an exciting time for Power Rangers fans and could mark a new era for the franchise. This level of brand recognition and synergy has been lacking for a franchise that has had a rotating cast of characters for the past 25 years, so maybe this streamlining of plots and characters is what it needs to be as popular as it was in 1993.