The Walt Disney Company hosted its Investor Day presentation last night and boy oh boy did they announce a load of exciting new releases coming soon.
While Disney did announce some upcoming theatrical releases, the majority of its projects are slated for release on Disney Plus, its dedicated streaming service that has grown to 86.8 million subscribers in just over a year.
On the slate for Disney Plus is roughly 10 Marvel series and 10 Star Wars series alongside a slew of Disney live-action, animation and Pixar releases.
Let’s start with Marvel because it’s my favourite. 2020 was the first year since 2009 that there have been no MCU releases. No movies, no TV shows, nothing. So to see a jam-packed schedule of new Marvel content warms my nerdy heart.
2021 will kick off with the arrival of the MCU’s first tie-in series, WandaVision, arriving on Disney Plus on 15 January 2021. WandaVision is also the first show to have real ties to upcoming movies, with Elisabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch featuring as the lead in both it and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (which we learned will feature Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez and the return of Rachel McAdams).
We saw a new trailer for WandaVision as well as a first look at The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (coming March 19, 2021), Loki (coming May 2021) and the animated What If…? Series (coming summer 2021).
What was most surprising was a load of new shows confirmed to be in production for Disney Plus, some of which we knew about but a few that came out of nowhere.
Studio president Kevin Fiege also revealed plans for a number of upcoming theatrical releases, confirming some release dates and castings as well as FINALLY announcing plans for an MCU Fantastic Four movie directed by Jon Watts.
Jon Watts will direct the new feature film for Marvel's First Family, Fantastic Four! pic.twitter.com/Eu26ghxbGT— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) December 11, 2020