During Disney’s Investor Day conference live stream fans got a look into the sort of content that the blockbuster company is set to provide with the Disney+ streaming service, how much it will cost, and when they can expect it to launch.
Availability and User Interface
Once the presentation started the first bullet-point that Disney addressed was Disney+’s availability, which included a roadmap for when they intend to release it. The service will be global, but not immediately. When Disney+ launches it will only be available in North America on November 12th, 2019 for $6.99 monthly without advertisements or $69.99 annually. Subscribers will be to use Disney+ on all of their favorite platforms such as the Roku, Playstation 4, and Nintendo Switch.
As for the User Interface, it is simple and accessible. Upon opening up the service fans will be able to immediately access content that is sorted in a neatly organized fashion akin to Netflix. For example, if you would like to watch Iron Man then you can just click the Marvel tab and it will be present alongside other Marvel-related content that will be present on the service.
Like Netflix, you can share your profile with the whole family. Users will be able to create separate profiles, which include unique profile pictures featuring beloved Disney characters such as Remy from Ratatouille and Buzz Lightyear.
Since the announcement of Disney+ late last year it has been heavily touted that the streaming service will feature a robust amount of content from the various classic Disney animated films like Aladdin to exclusive shows developed exclusive for the service. The original shows will be gradually released from launch and throughout the year.
On the Marvel front, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige took to the stage to discuss the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the exclusive shows that will debut on the service over the course of its launch. The big budget studio exec immediately confirmed that Infinity War stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan are set to reprise their roles as Falcon and The Winter Soldier in the previously rumored Falcon & Winter Soldier. Feige was unable to comment on what the show’s plot will be, but it is likely set after the events of Avengers: Endgame.
Mackie and Stan are not the only MCU stars set to team-up for a Disney+ original either. Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen are set to receive their own shows as Scarlet Witch and The Vision in the previously announced WandaVision. The plot for the series is still currently unknown, but like Falcon & Winter Soldier it is presumably set after Avengers: Endgame.
Loki starring the ever-charming Tom Hiddleston has also been confirmed. As previously reported, the series will follow the MCU rogue as he “pops up throughout human history as unlikely influencer on historical events.” This makes it easier for Marvel to still cash in on one of the MCU’s most popular villains despite his tragic demise during Avengers: Infinity War.
Live-action productions will not be the only thing that Feige plans to have his studio dabbling in. Following the tradition set by the classic “What If?” stories of the Marvel comic books Marvel Studios has planned to release an animated series set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe that explores alternate realities that differ from what fans have been experienced in the films. The first episode will explore what would happen if Peggy Carter became a super-soldier instead of Steve Rogers while Rogers himself gets his own Iron Man suit designed by Howard Stark during WW II.
On the Star Wars front, Disney is going to take fans to a galaxy far, far away in the best way possible. Within the first year of the service’s launch all of the Star Wars films will be rolled out, but that is not all they’re offering. Like with Marvel, the service promises a variety of original Star Wars related content, including original shows. As previously announced, Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk are reuniting as Cassian Andor and K2-SO in a brand new series based on 2016’s Rogue One. Luna is also attached as a producer. Other Star Wars shows set to debut on Disney+ within the first year are season 7 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian, which is set to premiere on Disney+ at launch.
Overall, subscribers will be able to access over 7,500 episodes and 500 films worth of content on Disney+ within the first year. This includes recent Disney theatrical releases after their theatrical runs end, including Captain Marvel which has been confirmed to be made available on Disney+ at launch. Other streaming services such as Hulu, which have other Marvel original shows such as The Runaways and Cloak & Dagger, can be added on for an extra price. Like most streaming services all of the available content will be downloadable and viewable offline.