Last updated August 24, 2019
Much of the talk in the entertainment biz this year has been about the Disney+ streaming service that the corporate giant will be launching on November 12, for a bargain $6.99 a month. There’s been talk about what will be available on the service for months, and during San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel President Kevin Feige announced the launch dates for Marvel Studios’ line-up of original series.
Although there hasn’t been anything official from Disney in terms of what will be on the service and when, tech site CNET has done a bit of digging around and compiling pre-existing data to come up with a fairly extensive line-up you can see all in one place.
Some of the information below is new and some has been announced previously.
The most interesting to Beat readers will be the fact that Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel, Thor: the Dark World, the original Iron Man and Iron Man 3 will all be available to stream at launch. Captain Marvel is obvious, because it was already known that it would be held back from Netflix unlike other Marvel movies. The other three movies are odd choices, mainly since The Dark World is the middle of a trilogy, while Iron Man 2, the middle of Robert Downey Jr.’s trilogy, is also absent.
CNET says that Avengers: Endgame will be on Disney+ on December 11, but no Infinity War, which presumably will still be on Netflix through an earlier licensing deal. Endgame is being released on Blu-ray and DVD next month on August 13, so that’s a four-month wait until it streams.
Expected in Year One are Iron Man 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Black Panther and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, so those are clearly going to be out from the Netflix license first. The original Thor and Captain America movies might be licensed to EPIX since that’s a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures, who initially released both of those.
Also of interest from that story is that all six of the Fox Star Wars releases i.e. the first two trilogies, plus The Force Awakens and Rogue One will be available to stream when the service launches… but not The Last Jedi or Solo, both which have been licensed to Netflix. That’s a bit of a shame with The Rise of Skywalker, the finale of the newest trilogy, concluding in December, but that will join the service in Year One along with the last two movies.
Pixar fans should be thrilled that all of the animation house’s movies will be available to stream on Disney+ other than Toy Story 4, which only opened in theaters last month.
There’s a lot of other Disney movies including many classics that will be available from Day One including 101 Dalmations, Big Hero 6, Bambi, The Sword in the Stone, The Rocketeer (!), Zootopia and many more… even the Oscar-winning National Geographic doc Free Solo is on the extensive list.
DISNEY+ ORIGINAL MOVIES
Two original movies will be available at launch: the reboot of the 1955 animated film Lady and the Tramp and the Anna Kendrick–Bill Hader holiday comedy Noelle.
UPDATE 8/23/19: At D23, Disney+ released the very first trailer for the live action version of the Disney animated classic Lady and the Tramp, which you can watch below. The lead characters are voiced by Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux with a cast (and voice cast) that includes Kiersey Clemons, Thomas Mann, Janelle Mone, Yvette Nicole Brown, Ken Jeong, F. Murray Abraham and Sam Elliot:
UPDATE 8/23/19: Disney has released the first poster for the Kendrick-Hader holiday comedy Noelle, which you can see below, and yes indeed. You’ll be able to watch it at the streaming service’s launch on November 12.
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UPDATE 8/24/19: Disney also released the first trailer for Noelle, and it looks pretty cute and funny as well.
There are five original movies scheduled to join Disney+ in its first year includingThe Phineas and Ferb Movie; Stargirl (not the DC Universe one!!!) and Timmy Failure, both based on books; and Togo, the latter based on a true story.
UPDATE 8/23/19: At D23, the Phineas and Ferb movie’s official subtitle “Candace Against the Universe” was announced, and you can see the title treatment below:
I also wrote quite a lengthy piece in my weekly Studio Coffee Run about the Disney movies that don’t seem to be coming to Disney+, which seems to be a LOT of the Disney productions made in the decade or so before 2012, which is when Alan Horn was “lured out of retirement” by Bob Iger to become Chairman of Walt Disney Studios.
DISNEY + ORIGINAL SERIES
As stated before, Jon Favreu‘s series The Mandalorian is scheduled to kick-off the streaming service along with the Pixar animated series Forky Asks a Question (based on the Toy Story 4 character) and SparkShorts, Pixar Animation’s showcase of new talent and storytellers at the studio. Marvel’s Hero Project reality series is also scheduled to launch Disney+ along with the (as yet untitled) Walt Disney Imagineering Documentary Series, looking at the history of the company.
UPDATE 8/24/19: One of the interesting tidbits that came out of D23 (courtesy TVLine) is that Disney+ plans on releasing episodes of its series on a weekly basis rather than the standard “release the entire season at once.” This may be in order to avoid people signing up for the first month, binge-watching everything and then quitting.
UPDATE 8/23/19: At D23, Disney+ released the first trailer for The Mandalorian, which you can watch below. Also, Ewan McGregor‘s return as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a new Disney+ series was confirmed.
Although none are scheduled for launch, you can read here about all the Marvel Studios series and when they are scheduled to stream.
UPDATE 8/24/19: Three more Marvel Studios series were announced at D23: Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk and Moon Knight!
Other series of interest expected in the first year of Disney+ include Marvel’s 616, another documentary series about how Marvel stories intersect with the real world; Pixar’s Monsters at Work series based on the Monsters Inc. premise/characters; the return of Star Wars: the Clone Wars and much more.
UPDATE 8/24/19: At D23, it was announced that Muppets Now, a shortform “unscripted” series featuring the Muppets and produced by Muppet Studios will debut sometime in 2020. Furthermore, Hillary Duff will return to her role as Lizzy McGuire for a reboot series for Disney+ with original showrunner Terri Minsky returning.
DISNEY + CLASSIC SERIES
The launch line-up includes many animated series including Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man, both the 1987 and 2016 Duck Tales series, Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars, The Simpsons (another big get from the Fox purchase) and a lot more.
Mind you, not all of this has been confirmed as of yet by a second source, such as an actual press release from the Walt Disney Company, but it still looks like a pretty good line-up.
Let us know in the comments if you agree and think all the above will be worth $6.99 a month on top of whatever you’re paying for other services.