Disney rolled out a load of information about Disney Plus, or Disney+ as I refuse to write, the company’s long-awaited streaming service. Long-awaited for them, at least, as they desperately want to rip their stuff off Netflix and start raking in that streaming cash for themselves. No so long-awaited for potential viewers who are by this point no doubt exhausted about the elaborate mesh of subscription services containing all the good TV shows and movies that all add up to be more than their cable bill ever was.
But Disney is playing hardball. The details revealed yesterday showed off a slate of shows that any nerdy viewer like myself simply cannot miss seeing. I may be able to say eh, I don’t know if DC Universe is worth it just for Titans and Young Justice, or if CBS All Access is worth it for just Star Trek Discovery and Twilight Zone. But Disney Plus? Yikes.
The original shows detailed yesterday include
- WandaVision, which will star Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprising their roles from the Avengers as Scarlet Witch and Vision. Not clear whether this is pre or post-snap, as the two are dead in the latter.
- The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is a very literally titled show that will star Anthony Mackie (also starring in Netflix’s Altered Carbon second season) and Sebastian Stan. Again, not clear on if pre or post-snap.
- Then there’s Tom Hiddleston’s Loki show, possibly the most can’t-miss of them all, implying Loki either survived his own death in Infinity War, or this takes place during one of the other times when he was probably faking his own death.
- On the Star Wars side, Disney Plus will launch with Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian, the first live action Star Wars show in history, focused on a not-Boba-Fett Mandalorian warrior.
- And one new show got added to this list, Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk reprising their roles from Rogue One for a Cassian Andor series. If this was announced before, I hadn’t heard of it. This one has to be a prequel given the events of Rogue One, no doubt.
And that’s just the start. Disney Plus isn’t just a streaming service, it’s the launch of a fleet of Marvel shows that unlike SHIELD and the now-murdered Netflix series, connect directly to the MCU and are spun out of superheroes from them. And it will also be the place we see our first live-action Star Wars TV shows ever, something even George Lucas couldn’t make happen in his era despite wanting to, and these two are likely to only be the start.
This is not to say that any of these will be good, but Disney’s reputation of quality has been pretty stellar across the movies in both these series (hold your Episode 8 jokes and yes even Solo was better than it got credit for), so it stands to reason they will still be holding these things to a higher bar when they hit TV. And these are some powerful casts too.
To top it all off, Disney Plus is undercutting Netflix by pricing at just $7 a month. That’s less than pretty much any other subscription service on the market, as Disney understands they’re getting into the game late. As such, they need something to make an impact besides just content, and pricing lower than Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, CBS, hell even DC Universe, is a good start, and makes this a must-subscribe, not just for Star Wars and Marvel fans, but for families who are going to find all Pixar/Disney movies locked inside Disney Plus soon enough. And at $7 a month, who can pass that up?
Damn it, Disney. You made this an automatic decision as much as I hate this endless avalanche of subscription services. And that’s kind of the goal, I suppose.