On Friday, Disney revealed a few of the original shows and movies that will feature on its streaming service Disney+. The streaming service, to be launched in November this year, will home over 300 movie titles as well as 7,500 hours of television shows. Disney+ will be focused on family-oriented shows featuring shows from studios such as Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel, National Geographic as well as Walt Disney Animation and Walt Disney Pictures.
At the D23 Expo, Disney revealed six original shows that’ll premiere on its streaming platform. These include a yet-untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi series, three shows based on Marvel characters – Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk; a short-form series Muppets Now and a reboot of Lizzie Mcguire (with Hilary Duff reprising her role).
A few months ago, Marvel had announced the arrival of shows based characters such as Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, Loki, Scarlet Witch and Vision on Disney+. Also, 20th Century Fox films such as Home Alone, Night at the Museum, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Cheaper by the Dozen will be revived on the streaming platform.
Ms. Marvel, Marvel’s first Muslim superhero, features Kamala Khan who’s from New Jersey and follows the footsteps of Captain Marvel. The character made her first appearance in Marvel’s comic series the same name created by Sana Amanat, G. Willow Wilson, and Adrian Alphona, in 2014.
She-Hulk (which is based on a female character who transformed into a version of Hulk after she receives blood from Bruce Banner a.k.a the Hulk) and Ms. Marvel along with Scarlet Witch provide the platform with much-needed diversity among superheroes.
Disney is also working on adding non-fictional content on its platform which will include a cooking reality show Be Our Chef and Marvel’s Hero Project. Also, National Geographic is creating the shows Magic of the Animal Kingdom and The World According to Jeff Goldblum. The former will feature animal caretakers of Disney’s theme parks (Epcot and Disney’s Animal Kingdom).
Disney+ is set to launch in the US, Canada, and the Netherlands on November 12, 2019. A Disney+ subscription will cost less than Netflix (considering its most popular plan at $13) priced at $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year.
Disney will have a strategic advantage over its competitors as it has studios like Marvel and Pixar under its roof. Also, it will exclusively feature some of the classics like The Simpsons (all 30 seasons) in addition to the Marvel movies that it will house (premiered after Captain Marvel). Besides, the service will complement ESPN+ and Hulu (ad-supported) as a part of its streaming bundle for $12.99 per month.