Disney Plus is shaping up to be a big addition to the world of streaming services, and the more we see about this service, the more of a competitor it appears to be for Netflix, Hulu, and other direct-to-consumer video platforms.
Disney Plus will launch November 12, and within the first year, the service will host 7,000-plus episodes of television series and 400 to 500 movies. First and foremost among the content will be a variety of projects tied to Disney’s Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and Disney-specific properties, with a family-friendly theme to the content. The latest additions include a pair of animated series based on Monsters, Inc. and Chip ‘n Dale.
Here’s everything we know so far about what’s coming to Disney Plus.
A new series set in the world of Disney and Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. is also in the works. The new show will be called Monsters at Work and will take place six months after Monsters, Inc. Series stars Billy Crystal and John Goodman will be back to voice Monsters, Inc.‘s charmingly gruesome heroes, Mike and Sully, respectively. They’ll be joined by fellow Monsters John Ratzenberger, Bob Peterson, and Jennifer Tilly, as well as franchise newcomers Ben Feldman (Superstore), Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), and comedy legend Henry Winkler. The show’s official logo was revealed in June.
Disney Plus is also getting two Toy Story spinoffs, both of which tie into this summer’s Toy Story 4. Forky Asks a Question follows Forky, a new character who Pixar is hoping will be Toy Story 4‘s breakout star, as he tackles thought-provoking questions like “What is love?”, “What is time?”, and “What is cheese?”
Meanwhile, Lamp Life will explain what happened to Woody’s one-time love interest, Bo Peep, between Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 4. The porcelain lamp voiced by Annie Potts was conspicuously missing from Toy Story 3, and returns in this summer’s sequel with a very different vibe.
The Disney Catalog
The old stuff …
During an investors’ meeting, Disney CEO Bob Iger claimed that every single movie in the Disney catalog will arrive on Disney Plus “at some point fairly soon after launch.” Previously, Disney only released its most popular animated films on home video on a limited-time basis in order to make them feel more special. However, the so-called Disney “vault” is going to vanish when Disney Plus arrives.
With Disney Plus, you’ll be able to watch favorites like Aladdin, The Lion King, Fantasia, and scores of others whenever you want. For families, Disney nerds, and animation buffs, that’s a big, big deal.
… and the new stuff
Initial reports also suggest that the studio’s upcoming movie slate — which includes Frozen 2, Toy Story 4, Star Wars: Episode IX, and Jon Favreau’s live-action remake of The Lion King — will probably have exclusive streaming availability on the service. Captain Marvel will be the first Disney movie that the company will maintain exclusivity on after its theatrical release, which also makes it the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie that will not be available on Netflix.
Disney also announced plans for a new Chip ‘n Dale animated series (see image above) featuring the chipmunk duo. The series will encompass 39 episodes, each with a seven-minute running time, and follow “the ups and downs of two little creatures living life in the big city.”
The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Jeremy Renner will reprise his role as Avengers sharpshooter Hawkeye for a live-action series that will have him pass the torch — as well as his bow and arrows, most likely — to a young girl named Kate Bishop. The series is inspired by the Marvel Comics series that followed Clint Barton and his young protégé.
The Loki series will be overseen by Rick & Morty producer Michael Waldron and is said to follow the God of Mischief as he meddles with key events in human history. The events of Endgame set up the premise for the Loki series.
The Scarlet Witch and the Vision will co-headline a show for Disney Plus that will bring back Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen as the titular android and energy-manipulating heroine, respectively. Captain Marvel co-writer Jac Schaeffer will serve as head writer and showrunner on the series, which is rumored to be set in the 1950s. The series isn’t expected to premiere on Disney Plus until 2020 at the earliest.
Falcon and Winter Soldier
MCU veterans Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie will reprise their roles as the Winter Soldier and the Falcon, respectively, in this series penned by Empire writer Malcolm Spellman and directed by Kari Skogland (The Handmaid’s Tale). The series is expected to have its lead characters deal with their new roles and relationship with Captain America in the aftermath of Endgame.
What If? series
A March report indicated that an animated series based on Marvel’s alternate-universe What If? comics is also being developed for the streaming service. The anthology-style series will tell standalone stories that explore what might happen if certain events in Marvel’s cinematic universe unfolded differently.
For example, one episode will show what would happen if Peggy Carter received the Super Soldier serum instead of Steve Rogers, forcing the scrawny Brooklyn kid to suit up in a Howard Stark-created suit of armor. The live-action MCU actors are expected to voice their characters for the animated series.
The live-action Star Wars series being developed by Favreau will be set seven years after the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi, and will follow “a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.” Game of Thrones actor Pedro Pascal will play the series’ title role. The first season has already wrapped production, and the pilot episode (and possibly others) will be on Disney Plus on launch day.
Untitled Cassian Andor series
— Star Wars (@starwars) November 8, 2018
Set after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi and before Episode VII — The Force Awakens, this series will bring back Rogue One: A Star Wars Story actor Diego Luna as the rebel spy Cassian Andor. Alan Tudyk will also return to voice K-2SO, Andor’s sassy robot sidekick. The series will take place prior to the events of Rogue One.
Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries
The long-rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi feature could materialize as a Disney Plus TV show. Star Wars News Net reports that a six-episode Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries is “the next top priority” at Disney Plus. It’s not clear if Ewan McGregor will appear in the series — or if the project is actually happening — but Star Wars News Net notes that McGregor has seemed enthusiastic about slipping back into his Jedi robes in the past and that the script is reportedly “great.”
Star Wars: The Clone Wars series
A seventh season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is currently in production for Disney Plus.
Other rumored Star Wars solo series
Obi-Wan might not be traveling to Disney Plus alone. We Got This Covered claims that series starring Star Wars characters like Lando Calrissian, Solo‘s femme fatale Qi’ra, reformed stormtrooper Finn, and ace Resistance pilot Poe Dameron are all in early development at Disney. The report doesn’t say whether or not Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Oscar Isaac, or John Boyega, all of whom are highly sought-after Hollywood stars, will reprise their respective big-screen roles, and none of these shows have been confirmed by Disney. For now, consider these shows rumors, and nothing more.
All 30 seasons of The Simpsons will be available on the service, thanks to Disney’s acquisition of Fox properties.
— Disney (@Disney) April 11, 2019
Untitled Muppets Series
A new show based on The Muppets and developed by actor Josh Gad and Once Upon A Time creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis is rumored to be in the works for Disney Plus.
Other rumored series and movies
A spinoff of Disney Channel’s High School Musical franchise, called High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, will also be part of Disney Plus’ original live-action offerings.
Disney Plus is also rumored to be developing series or movies based on the following properties:
- 3 Men and a Baby
- Don Quixote
- Father of the Bride
- Flora & Ulysses
- Lady and the Tramp
- Magic Camp
- The Paper Magician
- The Parent Trap
- The Sandlot
- The Sword in the Stone
- Timmy Failure
- Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
In April, a report indicated that Disney Plus is developing 10 unscripted series for its streaming platform. They include the following projects.
An anthological documentary series will explore Marvel’s legacy of stories, characters, and creators and the “historical, cultural, and societal context that has become inseparable from stories of the Marvel Universe.”
The creators of Chef’s Table helm a cinematic documentary series following the people changing the way we see the animal kingdom, including conservationists and the animals they’ve devoted their career to studying.
Be Our Chef
Angela Kinsey of The Office hosts a Disney-inspired cooking competition that will ask contestants to create a dish that “represents their family through a Disney lens.”
Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies
An anthology series that explores the props and costumes that made films unique.
The Good Place actress Kristen Bell serves as producer on this series, which brings together former castmates of a high school musical and tasks them with re-creating their original performance.
Marvel’s Hero Project
This series puts the spotlight on inspiring kids who have dedicated their lives to selfless acts of bravery and kindness.
A family that has reached their breaking point gets the help they need in this series that explores the issues driving families apart and the ways they can resolve those issues.
Bob Woodruff and his 27-year-old doppelgänger son, Mack, host this travel guide to all the places the average tourist is least likely to venture.
A competition series featuring inventive students tasked with designing, building, and testing new contraptions.
Untitled Walt Disney Imagineering documentary series
This show chronicles the history of Walt Disney Imagineering and the people, craft, and business behind Disney’s theme park magic.
Nat Geo content
Disney Plus will also feature some non-Disney owned content, including material from National Geographic, acquired through its purchase of Fox’s magazine and affiliate TV businesses. Currently, the slate will encompass previously aired National Geographic content as well as two original series made for Disney Plus, including The World According to Jeff Goldblum and starring the eccentric actor as he explores various subjects, as well as Magic of the Animal Kingdom, a behind-the-scenes look at Disney’s animals and animal care experts at its Animal Kingdom park and Epcot Seabase aquarium.
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