All eyes were on Disney yesterday at the three-hour investor presentation meeting. Very few details had emerged before about the company’s new online streaming service, Disney+. Iger has announced the launch date, the price consumers would pay, and what content will become available with all plans mapped out for a specific time frame.
Disney+ will launch on November 12 for $6.99 per month which is notably lower than rival Netflix’s recently spiked $13 standard plan. You can also purchase a yearly subscription for $69.99 on the new streaming service.
It’s no secret that Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe has developed a huge fan following, and the movies have brought in billions of dollars for the company, as well as an influence for its theme parks. Disney+ will release Marvel shows based on characters from these blockbuster movies. Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige, took the stage to reveal all the exciting Marvel shows coming soon to the streaming service.
“These will be both new and continuing stories,” said Feige. “These will be major storylines set in the MCU with ramifications that will be felt both through the other Disney+ series we’ll be producing and the future on the big screen.”
Wanda and Vision were two integral characters in the MCU who, both, met a demise at the hands of Thanos by the end of Avengers: Infinity War. They will both star in a new series together called WandaVision.
“This story is definitely something unexpected and surprising, as well as something we could only do in a long-form series,” said Feige of the project, which has Captain Marvel screenwriter Jac Schaeffer serving as showrunner.
The first images shown were drawings of Wanda and Vision dressed in black and white. The show is expected to premiere during Disney+’s second year.
Another pairing killed by Thanos was Falcon and Winter Soldier. The two were sworn enemies in Captain America: Civil War, but eventually become friends later on. Officially titled as Falcon & Winter Soldier, the show is set to be released during Disney+’s first year and will explore more about these two characters.
Tom Hiddleston will reprise his role as Thor’s brother, Loki in self-titled series Loki. Not much else was said about this particular Marvel show as it is still shrouded in mystery just like its leading god.
Feige also announced an animated series, What If, which is probably the most exciting one because it will explore theories created by fans and comic book writers from over 200 comic book issues. The show dives into what different outcomes our superheroes and villains would face if certain events hadn’t transpired the way that they have as seen in comics and movies. One example is what would have really happened in an alternate universe if Steve Rogers never became to be the superhero who many admire, Captain America. There are endless possibilities for what could happen to these characters and an infinite amount of storylines.
On Wednesday, a new miniseries was announced for Hawkeye on Disney+. The story is said to be a passing of the torch for Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye to Young Avengers’s member Kate Bishop. Although Feige did not speak about this series at the presentation, it is important to note how much of an impact Marvel will have on Disney+.
“These shows will be on the same level of quality that you’ve come to expect [from Marvel Studios films],” said Feige.
As for Marvel movies on Disney+, Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World will be available to stream on day one. Avengers: Endgame, Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok and Ant-Man and The Wasp will soon follow sometime later in the first year for the service.
With the wave of cancellations of Netflix’s Marvel TV shows, Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, The Punisher, and Jessica Jones, there have been no plans made for the future of these characters on Disney+.