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Everything You Need to Know About Disney+

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First announced back in 2017, Disney+ is a streaming platform that will soon be home to the hundreds of Disney movies, shows, and original content. This includes a vast growing catalog of entertainment properties, including Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 21st Century Fox. 

After the recent D23 Expo in Anaheim, we got the scoop on the highly anticipated platform. Here’s everything you need to know about Disney +. 

Disney+ will cost $6.99 per month, making it the second cheapest streaming option behind Hulu. This price point puts it in the same range as other streaming services like Netflix and Amazon, but the sheer amount of content you get with a subscription will make Disney+ a no-brainer. The $6.99 rate will net you the ability to have four simultaneous streams at 4K resolution and High Dynamic Range picture quality. In comparison, Netflix offers this ability, but only with its premium package, which costs $16 a month. 

Disney has officially stated, “In year one, you’ll be able to rediscover more than 7,500 episodes and 500 films from our library.” This, however, does not mean they will all be available at launch. The plan is to release a limited number of films and shows while keeping others in the vault for a later release date. 

At the D23 conference, Disney unveiled an extensive list of library titles which will be available by the end of the year. The list included all Pixar movies, classic animated films like The Little Mermaid, and live-action family films like Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

With Disney owning Marvel and Star Wars, there was speculation as to whether those movies would be made available on Disney. Luckily, CEO Bob Iger put our worries to rest by announcing they will be made available. At launch, all Star Wars film besides Solo: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be made available. Four Marvel films will be available at launch: Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Iron Man 3, and Thor: The Dark World. Avengers: End Game has a planned launch for December 1. 

Perhaps the most exciting part of Disney+ will be the original content. With Star Wars and Marvel under its belt, Disney is in the unique position to dramatically expand these universes to include more content, stories, and characters. This means some Avengers alum will be getting their own shows. The initial list of shows included: 

  • WandaVision starring Elizabeth Olson and Paul Bettany as Scarlet Witch and Vision 
  • Loki starring Tom Hiddleston 
  • The Falcon and The Winter Soldier with Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan

At the D23 conference, Disney announced three additional Marvel TV shows exploring lesser-known characters that have yet to make the screen. These include Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight. There is little information regarding these shows, but they are confirmed to be in development. 

Star Wars is also getting a slew of new original content. The most anticipated is The Mandalorian, a Star Wars spin-off. Helmed by acclaimed director Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian is reported to have a $100 million production budget for its 10-episodes, putting it on par with other premium network flagship shows. It will be available the day Disney+ launches, on November 12. 

Fans of the prequel trilogy will be pleased to hear that Ewan McGregor will be returning to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in an upcoming untitled series for Disney+. This has been a long rumored project, which has since been confirmed during D23. 

Other upcoming original content on Disney+ includes a variety of new series, along with the continuation of favorites like High School Musical, Lizzy McGuire, and The Mighty Ducks

All in all, Disney+ is shaping up to be the ultimate streaming package that will make it a popular choice considering its price and the content that will be available on the platform. Be on the lookout for its launch on November 12. 

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