The power of Disney with its old content was enough, but throwing The Simpsons, Star Wars, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Disney Channel, and more, it looks like the studio is going to be unstoppable when the platform wars kick into overdrive. All content can be downloaded for offline viewing, and the service will be available for smartphones and tablets, desktop browsers, game consoles, and smart TVs.
Of this first batch of announcements, I'm most excited about What If? The live-action Lady and the Tramp will arrive on the streamer at launch.
Feige wasted no time during his presentation and got right down to the business of announcing that Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany's spinoff series is to be titled WandaVision that will tell "a story that is unexpected and surprising" that couldn't be told as a mere subplot within a larger film. Next, the Falcon & Winter Soldier series is officially happening. Apple Inc, AT&T Inc's WarnerMedia and others plan new streaming services.
But the Disney+ series' connections to the MCU won't only be grounded in the realm of hard set realities.
Live-action Disney films including Mary Poppins and Alice in Wonderland (2010) will also be available day of launch. Other titles including Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther and Ant Man and the Wasp will be available within year one of the launch. Disney films released this year will make their way to Disney+ after all theater and home entertainment options have expired.
Supper Club will produce two of the 10 food, travel and lifestyle shows for Disney + including Marvel's 616, an anthological docuseries that explores the Marvel legacy and its intersection with the world.
Wall Street has pinned high hopes on the new service, which analysts expect would cost about US$7.50 monthly and lure about 7.2 million United States subscribers in 2020 and 13.66 million by 2021, according to a poll of analysts conducted by Reuters. The series reimagines key moments from the MCU with mind-bending questions. Peggy Carter will be the focus in the first story, after she takes the Super Soldier Serum instead of Steve Rogers. However, Star Wars boss Kathleen Kennedy confirmed during the presentation that Alan Tudyk will also reprise his role as reprogrammed Imperial security droid K-2SO.
Not only that, but the entire 13-movie "Signature Collection" of Disney classics will be there as well, including Bambi, Snow White, Pinocchio, and others.