What Will I be able to Watch on Disney Plus?
As mentioned in our D23 Expo Disney Plus article, Disney Plus will include content from Disney, Marvel, Pixar, LucasFilm, and National Geographic. Disney Plus will also integrate 20th Century Fox programming, such as all 30 seasons of “The Simpsons.”
Starting late 2019, Disney Plus will be the only place you can stream new theatrical releases from Disney, Marvel, LucasFilm, and Pixar going forward.
From launch, Disney Plus will house the entire libraries of Pixar, Star Wars, and its Signature Series and Disney Vault lines of classic hand-drawn animated movies. More titles, like The Sound of Music, The Princess Bride, and “Malcolm in the Middle,” will join sometime in the first year. Captain Marvel will be available at launch.
And of course, we’ve already heard Disney is developing a huge line-up of original, exclusive shows and movies for its streaming service, some of which we've talked about already.
Thanks to Disney for giving me a media pass to attend D23 Expo. As always, all opinions are my own.
Star Wars on Disney Plus
A Star Wars prequel series based on Rogue One will star Diego Luna, who played Cassian Andor in the original movie.
Marvel and the Avengers on Disney Plus
Disney has seven live-action series featuring the characters and talents of its blockbuster Avengers movies in these new shows. In July at San Diego Comic Con, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige shared in detail how the characters and narratives of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be woven together between MCU movies and original series on Disney Plus.
As a super fan, this is exciting. It’s bringing the content back to the way it was when Marvel first started incorporating timely events from theatrical releases and weaving those storylines in with the TV series.
An example is that in the May 2021 theatrical sequel Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse of Madness, Doctor Strange will be joined by Scarlet Witch, but in order to really understand how Scarlett Witch character arrived at the events on the big screen, you'll need to watch the Disney Plus original series “WandaVision,” that is scheduled for release around the same time.
The first wave of new Marvel shows includes:
- “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan (fall 2020);
- “Loki” featuring Tom Hiddleston (spring 2021);
- “WandaVision” with Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany reprising the role of Vision (spring 2021).
- “Hawkeye” starring Jeremy Renner and featuring Kate Bishop—in the comics Bishop becomes a second Hawkeye (fall 2021)
At D23 Expo Disney Plus announced three more new shows based on superheroes:
- “Moon Knight”: in the comics, Moon Knight/Marc Spector, is a former mercenary and CIA agent who has multiple personalities and is imbued with powers from an Egyptian god.
- “Ms. Marvel”: in the comics, Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan, is a teen protege of Captain Marvel's Carol Danvers and is Marvel's first Muslim character to headline her own comic book.
- “She-Hulk”: in the comics, She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters, is the cousin of Bruce Banner, whose superhuman powers transferred to her when she received a transfusion of Banner's blood.
Original Documentaries, Reality Shows, Competitions, and Behind-the-Scenes and More
Disney Plus also will feature original documentaries, reality shows, competitions, behind-the-scenes features, nature and adventure titles, animated programming—and so much more.
Disney Plus Launch Day Library Overview
Marvel Movies on Disney Plus
Marvel movies at launch include:
- Captain Marvel
- Iron Man
- Iron Man 3
- Thor: The Dark World
Avengers: Endgame will be available when it drops on Livestream December 11.
Star Wars Movies on Disney Plus
Star Wars movies at launch will include all the Star Wars movies from the first two trilogies plus The Force Awakens and Rogue One:
- The Phantom Menace
- Attack of the Clones
- Revenge of the Sith
- A New Hope
- The Empire Strikes Back
- Return of the Jedi
- The Force Awakens
- Rogue One
Pixar Movies on Disney Plus
Pixar movies on day one will include all movies, except Toy Story 4, which will have debuted in theatres just 5 months before Disney Plus launches.
Original Shows on Disney Plus
Launch day original shows include:
This first-ever live-action Star Wars series stars Pedro Pascal as a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. “The Mandalorian” is written and executive-produced by Jon Favreau, with Dave Filoni—of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”—directing the first episode. The cast includes Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Nick Nolte. Jon Favreau has suggested the series has some major “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly” vibes and the trailer looks incredible. We're anxiously awaiting November 12.
“Forky Asks a Question”
Forky, from Toy Story 4, is a craft project built out of trash, so he has a lot of questions about how the world works. This Pixar animated series of 10 shorts will have Forky explore questions like: What is love? What is time? And what is cheese?
Disney+ will be the exclusive home of SparkShorts, the Pixar Animation Studios short film series designed to discover new storytellers and explore new storytelling techniques from across the studio.
“Marvel's Hero Project”
The reality series looks at positive change several young people are making in their own communities by dedicating their lives to selfless acts. In “Hero Project,” Marvel celebrates them as superheroes in the real world.
“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”
Sprinkled with meta references, the 10-episode scripted series is set at the real-life East High where the original movie was filmed and follows a group of students as they countdown to opening night of their school's first-ever production of “High School Musical.” The D23 Expo Disney+ Panel opened with a montage from this series and it looks so good. So much talent and if you love the original HMS series, you are going to fall in love with this.
In a reality series executive produced by Kristen Bell, former castmates of a high school musical re-create their original performance with the help of Broadway's best talent. Part high school reunion, part behind-the-scenes doc, the former students face old friendships and former flames, all while trying to nail choreography. Musicals include “The Sound of Music,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Annie,” and more. Every musical theatre nerd is going to revel in this series.
Untitled Walt Disney Imagineering Documentary Series
The documentary series chronicles the 65-year history of Walt Disney Imagineering, looking at the people involved, their craft and the business. The series includes exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage from Disney's parks worldwide.
“The World According to Jeff Goldblum”
Jeff Goldblum leads each episode of this reality series by examining a deceptively familiar thing we all love—like sneakers or ice cream. Goldblum makes disparate connections between science, history, and people.
Original Movies on Disney Plus
Lady & The Tramp
In this reboot of the 1955 animated classic, Tessa Thompson voices Lady and Justin Theroux voices Tramp. Through a series of adventures, they grow closer and come to understand the true meaning of home.
Disney Plus Year One Library Additions
Disney plans to have more than 25 original episodic series and more than 10 original movies, documentaries, and specials within the first year of service. Combined with library content from the vault, Disney Plus will have more than 500 movies and 7,500 series episodes, with more than 100 of those films being newer recent releases.
Marvel Year One Additions on Disney Plus
Marvel plans to add at least eight additional movies in the first year:
- Ant-man and the Wasp
- Avengers: Endgame (December 11)
- Avengers: Infinity War
- Black Panther
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Iron Man 2
- Thor: Ragnorak
LucasFilm Year One Additions on Disney Plus
LucasFilm will add three more films over the course of the first year:
- The Last Jedi
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Disney Plus Pixar Year One Additions
- Toy Story 4
Disney Plus Launch Day Movie Library
Here are the confirmed movies at launch for Disney Plus:
- 101 Dalmatians
- A Bug's Life
- A Goofy Movie
- An Extremely Goofy Movie
- Big Hero 6
- Born in China
- Finding Dory
- Finding Nemo
- Free Solo
- Fun and Fancy Free
- High School Musical
- Honey I Shrunk the Kids
- Inside Out
- Iron Man
- Lady and the Tramp
- Lilo & Stitch
- Mary Poppins
- Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers
- Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas
- Monsters University
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
- Pixar Short Films Collection Vol 1
- Remember the Titans
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- Sleeping Beauty
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
- Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope
- Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
- Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
- Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens
- Steamboat Willie
- The Good Dinosaur
- The Incredibles
- The Little Mermaid
- The Parent Trap (1961)
- The Prince & The Pauper (1990)
- The Princess Diaries
- The Rocketeer
- The Sorcerer's Apprentice (short)
- The Sword in the Stone
- The Three Caballeros
- Thor: The Dark World
- Toy Story
- Tron (1982)
Eventually, nearly every movie in the Disney catalog will be available for streaming on Disney Plus, including all of the animated films previously locked away in the Disney vault. The one exception will be Disney’s Song of the South, which Disney has buried since the 80s due to its racially insensitive content; rumor is a racist scene from the animated version of Dumbo will be edited out for Disney+, too.
Disney Plus Launch Day TV shows
Day one TV library, official list from Disney
- 30 Seasons of The Simpsons
- Amazing Planet
- Andi Mack (seasons 1-3)
- Boy Meets World
- Brain Games
- Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
- Dr. K's Exotic Animals
- Dr. Oakley Yukon Vet
- Drain the Ocean
- DuckTales (1987)
- DuckTales (2016, season 1)
- Earth Live
- Goof Troop
- Great Migrations
- Howie Mandel's Animals Doing Things
- Kim Possible
- Malcolm in the Middle
- Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (animated series)
- Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man (animated series)
- Mickey and the Roadster Racers (seasons 1 and 2)
- Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
- Mickey Mouse Shorts
- One Strange Rock
- Raven's Home
- Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue
- Star Wars Rebels
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars (series)
- That's So Raven
- The Incredible Dr. Pol
- The Simpsons
- Unlikely Animal Friends
- Wicked Tuna
Year One Original Shows on Disney Plus
“The Falcon and The Winter Soldier”: Fall 2020
Closely tied to events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson character (and the Falcon alter-ego) return as the new Captain America, after elderly Steve Rogers handed off his shield to Sam Wilson at the end of Avengers: Endgame. Sebastian Stan's Bucky joins him to fight evil as a duo, and Daniel Bruhl will reprise his role of villain Zemo from Captain America: Civil War in the series. Falcon and Winter Soldier will follow up on the end of Avengers: Endgame by showing what happens after Sam takes charge of Captain America’s shield—and Cap’s legacy
“Marvel's 616”: Year One
This documentary series explores the intersection between Marvel's stories, characters, and creators and the real world. Each documentary will dive into the historical and cultural context to the stories of the Marvel Universe.
“Lamp Life”: Year One
A prequel of sorts to Bo Peep's return in Toy Story 4, this animated short film answers questions about where Bo was since we last we saw her in Toy Story 2.
“Monsters at Work”: Year One
Inspired by the characters of Monsters, Inc., the animated series picks up six months after the events of the original film. Tylor Tuskmon, an eager young mechanic who works on the Monsters Inc. facilities team, dreams of working his way up to the Laugh Floor. Returning cast members Billy Crystal, John Goodman, John Ratzenberger, Bob Peterson, and Jennifer Tilly will join new cast members Ben Feldman, Kelly Marie Tran, Henry Winkler, Lucas Neff, Alanna Ubach, and Stephen Stanton.
“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”: February 2020
The animated series returns with 12 new episodes exclusively on Disney Plus, bringing back characters Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padmé Amidala, plus Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex.
Disney Plus Original Series: Year One
“Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2”
Walt Disney Animation Studios is opening its doors to cameras as it never has before, detailing how the voice cast, directors and team of artists created Frozen 2. A multi-episode documentary series, the series will depict the making of one of the most highly-anticipated Disney Animation features ever.
“Be Our Chef”
This reality competition hosted by Angela Kinsey invites families from diverse backgrounds to join a Disney-inspired cooking content at Walt Disney World. In each episode, two families will participate in a themed challenge mixing Disney into their family traditions. The finalists will apply what they have learned to create a dish that represents their family in a Disney way.
“Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies” (working title)
Cinema Relics is an anthology series re-examining beloved films through the props and costumes that made them unique—drawing from the perspectives of the craftspeople who created them, the actors who interacted with them, and the collectors/archives that own them today. Among the films featured in the first eight episodes are Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Mary Poppins, The Muppet Movie, Tron, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
“Diary of a Female President”
Told from the narration of her diary, the series follows a Cuban-American 12-year-old girl as she navigates middle school en route to becoming the future U.S. president. Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) and Emily Gipson (I Can and I Will) executive produce along with Ilana Peña (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend).
“Magic of Animal Kingdom”
This reality series will follow the teams of more than 1,000 animal-care experts, vets, and biologists at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park and Epcot's SeaBase aquarium.
Another reality series, each episode of (Re)Connect will show a family disconnecting in order to address a relatable issue and confront the family's dilemma.
Journalist Bob Woodruff travels the world with his 27-year-old son, Mack, focusing on places your average tourist is least likely to venture.
“Shop Class” (working title)
This competition series highlights teams of inventive students who design, build and test new contraptions before a panel of experts rate their work.
Original Movies Year One
Bill Hader plays Nick Kringle, the first in line to become Santa Claus. As he struggles, his younger sister Noelle, played by Anna Kendrick, enjoys a life without responsibility. But when Nick disappears weeks before Christmas, Noelle must scour the globe to find him and save the Christmas season. Cast also includes Kingsley Ben-Adir, Billy Eichner, Julie Hagerty, and Shirley MacLaine.
The Phineas and Ferb Movie: Candace Against the Universe
Stepbrothers Phineas and Ferb, their older sister Candace, Perry the Platypus and the Danville gang come back together in an animated adventure. Phineas and Ferb set across the galaxy to rescue Candace, who has been abducted by aliens and spirited away to a far-off planet free of little brothers.
Based on New York Times best-selling Young Adult novel, this coming-of-age story follows Leo Borlock, an average 16-year-old, who is content to fly under the radar until a new student named Stargirl shows up at his high school.
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
Based on the book “Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made,” this film tells the story of Timmy, a quirky, deadpan hero, who operates detective agency Total Failure Inc. with his 1,500-pound polar bear partner, Total.
Based on a true story, a 1925 Alaskan village rely on one man—Leonhard Seppala, played by Willem Dafoe—and his lead sled dog, Togo, to retrieve a diphtheria antitoxin hundreds of miles away across treacherous terrain on the eve of a massive story.
Secret Society of Second Born Royals: 2020
Peyton Elizabeth Lee stars as Sam, a rebellious princess second in line to the throne of the kingdom of Illyria. Just as Sam’s disinterest in the royal way of life is at an all-time high, she is stunned to learn that she has superpowers and belongs to a secret society with a longstanding tradition of covertly keeping the peace throughout the kingdom. This original movie follows Sam’s adventures at a top-secret training program for a new class of second-born royals tasked with saving the world.
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— Disney+ (@disneyplus) August 24, 2019
Year Two Original Shows on Disney Plus
“WandaVision”: Spring 2021
Elizabeth Olsen will return as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany will reprise his role as Vision in the new Marvel Studios series. Marvel has called the show a “mega event series” for Disney Plus. “WandaVision” will take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame. With Bettany returning, the series will presumably address how Vision is revived after his death in Infinity War. It will also include Teyonah Parris playing adult Monica Rambeau, first seen as a child in Captain Marvel.
The events of WandaVision will also lead directly to Scarlet Witch's appearance in the May 2021 theatrical film, Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness.
“Loki”: Spring 2021
Tom Hiddleston will reprise his role as Loki, saying it will feature the version of Loki seen in 2012's first Avengers film. Loki appeared to be killed by Thanos at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War, but Endgame's “time heist” plot showed Loki in 2012 snatching the Tesseract/Space Stone and teleporting away. The Loki series will explain what happened to Hiddleston's character right after that, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has said. Hiddleston also said the series version of Loki reflects the mischievous version seen in The Avengers, not the reformed Loki seen in Thor: Ragnarok.
Loki will tell the story of the alternate-universe trickster god who escaped with the Tesseract during Endgame‘s time-travel shenanigans
“Marvel's What If…?”: Summer 2021
Marvel Studios' first animated series takes inspiration from the comic books of the same name. Each episode will explore a pivotal moment from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and turn it on its head, leading the audience into alternate realities.
Many actors from the MCU will serve as voice talent, and the casting is already hinting at what storylines What If…? will explore. Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman coming back ensure a Black Panther alternate reality with Jordan's villain Kilmonger. In the Thor corner, the Ragnarok team of Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Taika Waititi and Jeff Goldblum are all getting back together—plus Natalie Portman. Another episode will address a Peggy Carter alternate world with Hayley Atwell returning as Peggy and Dominic Cooper reprising young Howard Stark. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas will voice their Ant-Man roles, and Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye and Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury will be showing up too.
A narrator voiced by Jeffrey Wright will serve as a throughline across episodes. Wright's narrator is The Watcher, part of a celestial race that watches over events taking place in the MCU. The Watchers were briefly seen in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 during Stan Lee's cameo.
An animated series called What If? will explore what would have happened if certain events in the MCU had transpired differently. For example, the first episode will explore a world in which Peggy Carter, not Captain America, received the super-soldier serum, transforming her into a hero called Captain Carter. Almost every major MCU actor will return to voice their big-screen characters, although Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., and Chris Pratt don’t seem to be on board. What If? will run for 23 episodes — one for each MCU film so far.
“Hawkeye”: Fall 2021
Picking up after the events of Avengers: Endgame, the Hawkeye series will see Jeremy Renner reprise his role as the archer, and feature Kate Bishop, who in the comics becomes the next Hawkeye.
Untitled Cassian Andor Series
Diego Luna will reprise his role of rebel spy Cassian Andor in this series set during the formative years of the Rebellion prior to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. 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. Alan Tudyk will also reprise his role as K-2SO.
“Earthkeepers (working title)
Earthkeepers is a cinematic documentary series profiling people changing the way we see the animal kingdom: conservationists and the animals they've devoted their careers to studying, some of the planet's most endangered species.
“Ink & Paint”
The documentary series, based on the book of the same name, tells the story of how an unsung workforce of women helped create some of the most beloved animated films of Disney.
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What Won’t Be Available for Streaming on DisneyPlus?
Sadly, it looks like the five live-action Marvel series that currently live on Netflix will remain on Netflix, at least for now. While Netflix announced the series of cancellations for these shows in 2018 and 2019, there have been varying reports that Disney and Netflix were unable to amicably negotiate the terms of the series continuation on Netflix, and since Netflix was reportedly looking to reduce production costs for future seasons, they pulled the plug on future seasons. While Marvel TV has teased that that series may return elsewhere, Disney has promised that the existing episodes of each show will remain available for streaming on Netflix.
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What shows are you most excited for on Disney Plus?