Disney’s Investors Day took place yesterday, and they made a ton more information available about their upcoming streaming service: Disney+. The streaming service becomes available in the USA on November 12, 2019, at the price of $6.99 (US) monthly and $69.99 annually. They expect a global reach within the first two years of release. The service plans to launch with a plethora of new and old content including, but not limited to, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, and National Geographic. Today, I’ll take time to run down the important announcements for the geek community.
One of Disney’s most lucrative endeavors is, without a doubt, the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So, it should come as no surprise to anyone that all of the MCU’s films will be available on launch, including Captain Marvel. Additionally, Kevin Feige assured Marvel fans that Avengers: Endgame would roll out exclusively on the streaming service within the first year. This is all great news. However, the big thing people were looking at was original content, and Disney+ will not lack any of that.
To start, Falcon and Winter Soldier will be available on launch. The show will feature Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan who return portraying their MCU titular roles. The Loki TV series and officially titled Wanda Vision show will both be available, as well, although no release dates have been confirmed for the shows.
Another exciting tidbit, Marvel announced a docu-series with 10 years of Behind the Scenes material from the MCU will hit the streaming service at some point.
Finally, the last major news in the realm of Marvel comes in a non-MCU animated form. A show called “What If” will make its debut on the streaming service. In a fashion similar to the comic series of the same name, it will highlight what if scenarios, beginning with: What if Peggy Carter had received the Super Soldier Serum.
In a galaxy far, far away, Disney+ will release the seven first Star Wars episodes and Rogue One on launch. All other Star Wars cinematic works will be released within the first year of the streaming service’s life. Both Star Wars show, Rebels and Clone Wars, are supposed to be available on release, with the latter receiving a new season which is currently in production.
On top of preexisting Star Wars content, everyone’s favorite galaxy will also receive original content with my most anticipated show The Mandalorian, releasing on day one. Furthermore, Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk reunite as Cassian Andor and K2S0 (Rogue One) in a new show focusing on the pair. It is set to release in 2021 exclusively on the streaming service. This is all the info concerning Star Wars, but more might drop during Star Wars Celebration.
A variety of content from Pixar, National Geographic, and Disney was announced for the streaming service. I’ll simply take time to highlight the exciting exclusives. Spinning out of Toy Story, Bo Peep will have an original short film entitled Lamp Life in which she recounts her life to Woody. More from the world of Toy Story in which Forky will get a TV series that will drop day one.
Disney announced two live-action originals, Noelle and Timmy Failure, on top of their live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp which, will drop on release of the streaming service. From National Geographic, The World According to Jeff Goldblum will be available on day one. A Phineas and Ferb movie and High School Musical series will both eventually be coming to Disney+. Finally, The Simpsons has also found a home on the streaming service which will have a deep variety of content.
Disney is looking to compete directly with Netflix with this streaming network. The amount of content that will be available on launch and within the first year paired with the low price tag makes the service highly interesting. Disney’s decision to also focus some attention on their Hulu service and bring The Simpsons to Disney+ shows their dedication to producing media that will speak to all sorts of audiences.
So far, this service is looking like a success with tons of exciting content. More news will drop as the date of release approaches, but for now, Disney+ looks good from where I’m sitting.