D23 2019: All the announcements and everything you need to know about Disney's new streaming service
What is Disney+?
It's a streaming service, just like Netflix and Apple TV+. For a monthly fee, customers will be able to watch everything under the Disney-owned umbrella: Disney kid-friendly programming obviously, but also the entire Marvel universe, Lucasfilms (read: Star Wars), Pixar, and National Geographic.
Disney currently has Hulu (which has its own set of original programming including The Handmaid's Tale) and ESPN Plus on offer. While they might be offered on the new service, it is expected that they will eventually be available as individual subscriptions.
How much is it?
The ad-free service has a monthly price tag of USD6.99, or an annual USD69.99. There might potentially be discounted bundles available in the future.
When is it being released?
It'll be available in the United States on 12 November 2019. No word yet on whether it'll be accessible in Singapore.
What shows will be available?
The service is reported to feature over 400 movies and 7,500 episodes of television shows, which means you'll be able to binge watch old Disney animations such as The Lion King (the 1994 one as well as the recent live-action remake) from its vault, cultural phenomenons including Frozen alongside kickass Marvel flicks starting with Captain Marvel, Star Wars franchise beginning with Episode 9 as well as Pixar animations with Toy Story 4 leading the charge. It will also become the only service to stream The Simpsons.
What exclusive content is planned for Disney+?
Other than the massive library of content already under Disney's belt, they have also put together a slate of original programming to entice viewers to their streaming platform. Many of the shows will premiere with the launch of Disney+ on 12 November 2019.
The most prominently featured so far have obviously been Disney's cornerstone Marvel franchise, with a multitude of standalone series based on some of our favourite Marvel characters, as well as new additions to the MCU.
Loki (Early 2021)
Many of us were heartbroken by the death of the popular anti-hero character in Infinity Wars, but the God of Mischief's escape with the Tesseract in Endgame opened up a whole world of possibilities for time-travelling shenanigans. Dashing actor Tom Hiddleston is set to return as Loki.
Hawkeye's transition into cold-blooded killer Ronin was a big talking point in the MCU. This TV series will explore Clint's mentoring of a new Hawkeye in the form of Kate Bishop, who is yet to be casted. Jeremy Renner will return as Clint Barton, the current Hawkeye.
Wandavision (Early 2021)
The series has been speculated to be a sitcom that revolves around Wanda and Vision as a family unit, presumably as a result of Wanda's reality-bending powers since the sentinent android died in Endgame. Actor Paul Bettany who plays Vision has described the series as a six-hour-long, genre-bending movie that seamlessly transitions from avant-garde to a more familiar territory. Elizabeth Olsen will reprise her roles as the Scarlet Witch.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Late 2020)
Remember how Sam Wilson aka the Falcon was given the iconic shield in Endgame by the retiring Steve Rogers? With the inclusion of John Walker, a character who once replaced Rogers as Captain America in the comics, it'll be exciting to see how the succession of the reverred persona plays out. Familiar names such as Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Wyatt Russell and Daniel Brühl will return.
What If...? (Mid 2021)
This intriguing series is built on the premise of an alternate universe, with divergent storylines such as Peggy Carter becoming Captain America or Howard Stark building an Iron Man armour for Steve Rogers. Various MCU stars, including big names such as Josh Brolin as Thanos and Chris Hemsworth as Thor are set to make cameos.
Moon Knight is a superhero who sufferes frrom a multiple personality disorder. It'll be interesting to see how Marvel deals with mental health issues.
Talk about girl power, literally. The Hulk's cousin will be joining the MCU, and it'll be interesting to see how Marvel deals with another powerful female character who's comparable to Captain Marvel. There has been no news yet on leading part.
Ms Marvel is a Pakistani-American teenager, and the first Muslim MCU superhero. It is heartening to see an under-represented demographic being added into the biggest movie franchise ever. There have been no casting announcements yet.
Other shows in the pipeline
Lady and the Tramp (12 November)
The well-loved Lady and the Tramp animation will be getting its very own live-action remake. It'll feature some adorable canine actors voiced by the likes of Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux.
The Mandalorian (12 Nov 2019)
With regards to the Star Wars franchise, The Mandalorian has caused quite a buzz. Pedro Pascal (of GoT fame) will take on the role of legendary bounty hunter Bobba Fett in this Jon Favreau-produced series.
Obi-Wan Kenobi Original Series (TBA)
Fans are also excited by Ewan McGregor's return to his iconic role as Obi-Wan in an original series.
Star Wars: Clone Wars (Feb 2020)
The next season of Clone Wars will premiere on the platform next February.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (12 Nov 2019)
Those guilty of spontaneously bursting into "Breaking Free" when they were in high school will be happy to know that there'll be a new High School Musical TV series.
Lizzie McGuire Original Series (TBA)
Evoking teenage nostalgia, Disney has also planned for Hilary Duff to reprise her role as Lizzie McGuire in an original TV series.
Forky Asks a Question (12 Nov 2019)
Not forgetting the kids, Disney is also producing Forky Asks a Question, a short series starring the Toy Story 4 character.
Phineas and Ferb Movie: Candace Against the Universe (TBA)
Another kid-friendly production is Phineas and Ferb Movie: Candace Against the Universe, with Phineas and Ferb travelling across the universe to save their sister.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum (12 Nov 2019)
The World According to Jeff Goldblum will see the eccentric and handsome actor take on the role of a lifestyle host.
One Day at Disney (3 Dec 2019)
A 52 short episode series, aptly titled One Day at Disney, will feature the daily working lives of Disney staff.
What other productions were announced at D23?
Besides heavily pushing Disney+ as a streaming platform with exclusive original content, Disney also gave details on productions that will be released traditionally.
Black Panther 2 (6 May 2022)
MCU phase 4 will kick off with the official release of Black Panther 2 on 6 May 2022.
The Eternals (6 Nov 2022)
The Eternals will feature Angelina Jolie as well as Kit Harrington as Black Knight, a hero who wields a mythical flaming sword — an idea that will surely excite many GoT fans who were disappointed by the final season.
Black Widow (1 May 2020)
Disney also released a snazzy first look of the upcoming Black Widow standalone movie.
Star Wars IX: Rise of the Skywalker (20 Dec 2019)
Star Wars IX: Rise of the Skywalker also sparked plenty of excitement, with heavy hints at the return of Chancellor Palpatine.
Cruella (28 May 2021)
The live-action adaptation of the 101 Dalmations will star Emma Stone as the villain Cruella.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (18 Oct 2019)
In the similar realm of villain-based live-action adapations, Angelina Jolie will also be returning as the titular villain in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.
Mulan (27 Mar 2020)
New footage of the upcoming live-action remake of Mulan was also released.
Jungle Cruise (24 July 2020)
A pleasant surprise also appeared in the form of the new Jungle Cruise trailers. Yes, they made a movie based on the theme park ride. It features Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt.
Frozen 2 (22 Nov 2019)
Frozen 2 was also unsurprisingly announced, but it remains to be seen whether it lives up to the hype of the first film.
Raya and Last Dragon (2020)
Other animated movies include Raya and the Last Dragon, which will showcase the diverse cultures in the Southeast Asian region.
Soul (19 June 2020)
Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey will star in Soul, a Pixar production that deals with the abstract concepts of life.
Onward (6 Mar 2020)
Last but not least, Onward is another Pixar production that features Tom Holland and Chris Pratt as brothers. It supposedly brings a more mundane spin on life in a fantasy world.
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