We’ve enjoyed being coupled up with Netflix, whilst harmlessly flirting with Amazon Prime, but this Autumn, there’s a new streaming service in town – and it’s 100% our type on paper. What is this bombshell? It’s Disney Plus.
Disney Plus is an upcoming streaming service that, tbqh, sounds far too good to be true (like a fairytale, you could say). Not only will the subscription give you total access to Disney’s acclaimed vault of ‘Animated Classics’ – ideal for lazy (*coughs* hungover) Sundays – there will also be a slew of brand-new original films and TV shows exclusively created for the platform. Content from the likes of Walt Disney Studios, Marvel, Pixar, LucasArts, National Geographic, and Fox. In short: Disney Plus is a dream come true.
Disney Plus is set to drop on 12th November 2019 in the US, Canada, The Netherlands and Australia bringing the many something to indulge in within the barren period between Halloween and Christmas. However, those of us in the UK will have to wait until 31st March 2020. Who’s to blame for this? Sky and their watertight licensing agreements with Disney. *Rolls Eyes*
Price packages for Disney Plus UK are yet to be announced, however, the confirmed price points for the USA suggests that the streaming service will be competitively priced.
Disney Plus US will be offering a monthly option priced at $6.99 a month and an annual option at $69.99 (which sounds like a foolproof Christmas gift to us).
At San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios announced its plans to move beyond the silver screen for Phase 4 of the MCU, expanding to produce content exclusively for Disney Plus. Over the next two years, Marvel Studios will release five TV shows that will directly affect the events of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. The confirmed TV shows include:
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier – Our favourite Avengers duo have secured their own TV show which will follow Sam’s journey as he takes over the Captain America mantle. America, you’re about to get a new ass. (Coming 2020)
WandaVision – NGL, this is a series we’re really excited for. The six-parter features Scarlet Witch, the Vision and Monica Rambeau (last seen as a young girl growing up in the 90s in Captain Marvel), and will directly link to Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness. How will Vision be brought back to life? Only time will tell. (Coming 2021)
Loki – After Infinity War, we thought we would never see Loki get the solo screen-time that he deserves. We should never have doubted Kevin Feige. The show is set to focus on the God of Mischief’s adventures after escaping with the tesseract somewhere during the hecticness of Avengers: Endgame. (Coming 2021)
Hawkeye – The most underrated Avenger will finally have time to shine. This Disney Plus exclusive series will see Clint Barton train Kate Bishop (rumoured to be played by Hailee Steinfeld) so that she may become the next Hawkeye. Fans of the comics, we can feel your excitement. (Coming 2021)
What If…? – Ever wondered what would’ve happened if Peggy Carter (who refuses to die) took the super-soldier serum instead of Captain America? Or what if T’Challa became Star Lord instead of Peter Quill? Enter: Marvel’s animated What If…? series which will explore these possibilities and more. (Coming 2021)
Ms. Marvel – first Muslim superhero, Kamala Khan (Aka Ms. Marvel), is getting a Disney Plus series and we can’t wait to find out more. Her powers? Think Mr. Fantastic x Captain Marvel.
She Hulk – Sure, Marvel love a strong female heroine but none are quite as physically strong as Jennifer Walters. Tough; Clever; It’s She-Hulk!
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Moon Knight – Moon Knight, the series that’s sure to inject some much-needed darkness into the MCU. Who is he? He’s Marvel’s answer to Batman.
Disney Plus will also be the streaming service for MCU movies, including this year’s Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame.
The Skywalker Saga may finally be ending this December (for now, lol), but did you really think Disney was about to leave one of their most profitable franchises alone? Hell no. Here are the adventures from a galaxy far, far away that will be coming to Disney Plus during the next year:
The Mandalorian – Jon Favreau is directing. The titular character is giving us serious Boba Fett vibes. It will available on launch. Need we say more?
Untitled Cassian Andor Spinoff – Diego Luna’s intelligence officer from Rogue One is getting his very own TV show exclusively for Disney Plus. A prequel series, of course.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Fans are ecstatic to hear that Disney Plus will resurrect Star Wars: The Clone Wars for a seventh season. This brand-new season will be available to stream alongside all of the previous seasons that we know and love. Just take our money already.
Obi-Wan Kenobi Miniseries – We were over the moon (or should we say moons) to hear that Ewan McGregor is reprising his role as Obi Wan Kenobi for a Disney Plus miniseries. Disney, please don’t mess this up.
All of the Star Wars films will also be available to stream through the Disney Plus service. This makes us happy for two reasons: 1) We love Star Wars and we can finally watch all of the films back-to-back (including the recent spinoffs) and 2) We can convince dad to pay for the streaming service by bringing this fact to his attention.
Get the tissues at the ready because Pixar are about to bring us a whole host of new content bound to make us cry with sadness, laughter and joy to ensure you just keep streaming.
Forky Asks a Question – 10 Shorts exploring Forky’s curiosity about the world (of which he’s still very new to). Here’s hoping, unlike Forky, they’re not trash.
Lamp Life – A show based on Bo Peep’s adventures in the time between Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 4. A show that we never knew we needed until now.
Pixar Spark Shorts – If you have yet to see the genius ‘Spark Shorts’ on Pixar’s Youtube channel, watch below, admire the creativity of Pixar and anticipate the brand-new series of shorts coming to the Disney Plus streaming service.
All of Pixar’s back catalogue, including this summer’s critically acclaimed Toy Story 4, will also be available to stream.
It’s weird to think that Disney now owns Fox. But who cares about the growing issue of concentration of media ownership when we will finally be able to stream all 30 seasons of The Simpsons in one place? Ignorance is bliss.
The Simpsons – Aforementioned, The Simpsons will be available on Disney Plus. For your own health and safety, please refrain from binge-watching all 662 episodes.
Fox Reboots – ICYMI, Disney’s CEO recently announced that they would be reimagining some of Fox’s most beloved family films. This includes Home Alone, Cheaper by the Dozen, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Night at the Museum. Necessary? No. Exciting? Yes.
From day one, Disney Plus will boast over 300 films – including 70 Disney animations, 18 Pixar movies, 8 Star Wars films and 4 Marvel films – and will be home to thousands of episodes of old and new TV shows, such as The Simpsons and That’s So Raven. Check out the full line-up here.
Images via Disney/20th Century Fox
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