The House of Mouse is getting into the streaming game in a big way in 2019.
Disney is preparing to roll out its own digital streaming service, filled with its already sizable archive as well as new original programming, with the hopes of competing in the already bustling streaming market. Thanks to the strength of its sprawling library, which includes everything from beloved animated classics to buzzy Marvel and Star Wars movies, Disney's new service won't go too content-heavy on new originals — as CEO Bob Iger put it, they'll "not necessarily be in the volume game, but to be in the quality game" — but fans can expect to see a few key properties in bloom with the new offering as well.
Here's what we know about Disney's streaming service so far.
It'll be called Disney+ and it will launch this fall. Early on in the process, Disney's streaming service was tentatively referred to as "Disney Play," but the company has since confirmed it'll be called Disney+. The service will launch Nov. 12, 2019, and it will cost subscribers $6.99 per month. There is also an annual purchase option for $69.99.
There's no rated R allowed. This joint will be kid-friendly through and through as no R-rated movies will be allowed on Disney+.
It's the new home for your old favorites. All the great animated films from the Disney vault will be available on the service at launch. Recent classics including Moana and Frozen will also be there — and Frozen II will also live on the series after its theatrical release and at home entertainment release in 2020. Disney+ will also host a number of the company's live-action films, Disney Channel series, every single Disney Channel Original Movie, and the entire Pixar library.
Disney+ will be the exclusive streaming home of all future Disney theatrical releases. That means that the upcoming Lion King, Artemis Fowl, and more films will all land on Disney+ after their theatrical and home entertainment releases.
It's also the home for Marvel and Star Wars. Although Netflix's cancellation of Marvel shows like Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Daredevil might have seemed a bit draconian, Netflix is winding down its relationship with Disney as a whole — to the point that Disney will give up about $300 million a year in licensing fees from Netflix, starting in 2019. In addition to pulling Disney's animated and live-action films from Netflix, it'll also migrate all Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars movies to Disney+.
Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Thor: The Dark World will be available on launch day. Other titles including Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther and Ant Man and the Wasp will be available within year one of the launch. Disney+ will also be the exclusive streaming home of Avengers: Endgame after its theatrical and home entertainment release.
Everything will be downloadable. That's right: Netflix and Amazon allow you to download some content for offline viewing, but Disney+ is going to let you download any and all content from the service so you can watch even when you're without wi-fi — and you can keep the downloaded content for an unlimited time as long as you are a subscriber.
The MCU will continue on Disney+. Loki lives! Well, sorta. Disney+ is expected to give a few of our favorite characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe renewed life by way of limited series devoted to them, starting with a series about Loki (Tom Hiddleston). These miniseries are expected to run somewhere around six to eight episodes apiece, and the full slate of characters who might be given their own standalone properties on Disney+ hasn't been revealed.
However, a series starring Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), known as Falcon and the Winter Soldier, has been confirmed by Disney. Also coming to the service is WandaVision, a new series starring Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), aka Scarlet Witch, and the Vision (Paul Bettany). The series has grabbed Captain Marvel writer Jac Schaeffer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Meanwhile, Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), aka Hawkeye, is expected to feature in a new adventure series about Clint training Kate Bishop to become a Young Avenger, according to Variety. Disney has not confirmed the series yet though. Lastly, rumor has it that Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) may finally return to the MCU, following her curious absence from Thor: Ragnarok, by way of a standalone series as well.
Marvel boss Kevin Feige confirmed that all of Disney+'s Marvel shows will be officially connected to the MCU, for those of you worried about AUs. "They will be entirely interwoven with both the current MCU, the past MCU, and the future of the MCU," he told ComicBook.com. He also said that the MCU post-Endgame will be different and extremely focused on Disney+.
There's an animated Marvel series too. Marvel Studios' first animated series is coming to Disney+ as well. Titled What If, the series will take pivotal moments and turn them on their heads. According to Feige, one episode will see Peggy Carter become the supersoldier while Steve Rogers will join the fight in a super suit made by Howard Stark.
The Mandalorian will mark an all-new Star Wars debut. The MCU isn't the only franchise expanding by way of Disney+. One of the most exciting things to come out of the new service is the introduction of some all-new Star Wars properties — the first of which is a live-action show called The Mandalorian. Jon Favreau is executive-producing the series and revealed that it will center on a galaxy not so far away, as far as fans are concerned: "After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic."
There is no word yet on an exact premiere date, but subscribers can count on seeing The Mandalorian debut on Disney+ exclusively sometime within the first year of launch. Game of Thrones alum Pedro Pascal will star alongside Nick Nolte, Gina Carano (Deadpool), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (Supernatural), Carl Weathers (Rocky), Omid Abtahi (American Gods) and Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man).
A second Star Wars series is in development. Disney has also unveiled its plans to revive Diego Luna's Cassian Andor from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story for a prequel series that will follow the Rebel spy before his time on that fateful final mission. According to the description of the new series, "The rousing spy thriller will explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire." And yes, Alan Tudyk will be back as K-2SO.
The Clone Wars will also come back. The popular animated Star Wars series The Clone Wars will be making a comeback on Disney+ as well. After its fifth season concluded its run on the Cartoon Network, the series enjoyed a sixth season on Netflix but hasn't featured any new episodes since 2014. At San Diego Comic-Con, however, a new season was announced for Disney+'s original programming plans.
Lady and the Tramp is getting the live-action treatment. Disney's live-action/CGI reboot trend continues with a new look for Lady and the Tramp, which will feature the vocal talents of Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux in the title roles. Unlike Cinderella, Maleficent, and Beauty and the Beast before it, though, this Lady and the Tramp film will skip a theatrical bow altogether and head straight for Disney+. Another throwback Disney favorite that's expected to be rebooted for the service is The Sword and the Stone.
National Geographic programs will be available, too. The animal kingdom will get some major love on Disney+, as the streaming service will feature some key National Geographic content on the menu in order to add some educational value to all the family-friendly entertainment. Over 250 films and documentaries from National Geographic — including the Academy Award-winning Free Solo — will be available on launch day.
The lineup includes two original series created specifically for the streaming service. Jeff Goldblum will host The World According to Jeff Goldblum, in which the beloved actor explores mysteries close to his heart. The second series is Magic of the Animal Kingdom, which will go behind the scenes of Disney's Animal Kingdom park and the Epcot aquarium at Disney World to show what goes into caring for the animals at the world's most iconic theme park.
Some old favorites will get extensions as well. In addition to the new Marvel and Star Wars series, Disney also plans to introduce a new series based on Monsters, Inc. called Monsters at Work, which will feature the returning vocals of John Goodman and Billy Crystal as Sulley and Mike. The Disney Channel's hit series High School Musical will also get some new life by way of a very meta documentary-style series called High School Musical: The Musical. The show, set to premiere within a year of the service's launch, will star Joshua Bassett as a junior named Ricky, who attempts to win over his ex-girlfriend by starring alongside her in their school's production of "High School Musical."
More, more, more. A potential TV reboot of The Mighty Ducks could also find its way to the streaming service as Disney also reportedly eyes potential reboots of The Muppets, Father of the Bride, The Parent Trap, and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. The studio has also reserved a few films that were originally expected to hit theaters for debut on the streaming service, including Magic Camp and Noelle.
If that's not enough, other titles that are reportedly in conversations for Disney+'s movie plans include Don Quixote, The Paper Magician, Stargirl, Togo, 3 Men and a Baby, and Timmy Failure. In other words, while Disney+ supposedly won't be focused on quantity, they've got a whole lot of original shows and film plans on deck already.
However, the previously announced 10-episode reimagining of High Fidelity, which will be executive-produced by and star the one and only Zoë Kravitz (whose mother, Lisa Bonet, starred in the original film), has moved to Hulu.
Gina Rodriguez will executive-produce a series called Diary of a Female President. The Hollywood Reporter announced that the streaming service had picked up Diary of a Female President, which will be a 10-episode series about a Cuban-American girl in middle school and her journey to becoming the future president of the United States.
Disney is bringing you a ton of unscripted original programming too. According to Variety, documentary experts Supper Club, the trio behind Chef's Table and 13th, will create original content for the streaming platform, including a series centered on culture called Marvel's 616 (working title) and the wildlife conservation-based Earthkeepers (working title).
Plus, Kristen Bell will executive-produce the unscripted series Encore!, which reunites former castmates of a high school musical production to recreate their original performance with help from Broadway greats. Meanwhile, Be Our Chef adds a unique spin to cooking competitions by recruiting families from diverse cultural backgrounds to create Disney-themed dishes on location at Walt Disney World. The winner will receive a special treat: seeing their dish served at the theme park.
Additional nonfiction series on the slate include (Re)Connect, which enlists a specialist to help splintered families work through their issues; Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies, an anthology series that takes a unique look at beloved movie props and costumes through interviews with artists and the actors that used them on screen; Rogue Trip, a guide to often overlooked vacation spots all over the globe; Shop Class, a competition series in which student engineers build unique contraptions in the hopes of being declared the champion; and an untitled Walt Disney Imagineering docuseries, which chronicles the six-decade history of Walt Disney's inventive Imagineers.
A Love, Simon TV series is in the works. Variety first reported that Disney+ was developing a TV series based on the box office hit Love, Simon, which told the story of a gay teen struggling to come out to his friends and family. Details on the plot of the series are scarce, but it doesn't look like TV goliath Greg Berlanti, who executive-produced the movie, will be involved in the project.
The Sandlot is also getting turned in a series. Disney+ is in the early development stages of turning the fan favorite baseball film The Sandlot into a series, and Deadline reports it will star the original cast as adults. The series will be set in 1984, when the gang all have children of their own, but it's unclear as of now how many of the original cast members have officially signed on to star.
The Simpsons will join Disney+: In the wake of the Disney and Fox merger, the service will be the exclusive SVOD home for all 30 seasons of The Simpsons.