It is hard to believe it is only a little over 12 months since Disney Plus was launched. Over the last year, with many of us stuck in our homes due to lockdown conditions, Disney Plus has been nothing short of a life-saver for fans of Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars and National Geographic.
Bursting at the seams with family-friendly fare, Disney Plus – stylised by the Mouse House as Disney+ – is in a huge battle for ratings with other streaming services such as Netflix. Both companies are investing heavily in new content, with Disney announcing that a massive amount of superhero-related material is on the way after the recent launch of WandaVision.
While we’re waiting for these to drop, we’ll make do by playing Marvel online games, but here are some of the Disney Plus releases we are most looking forward to binge-watching.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Hot on the heels of the recently released WandaVision is The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which is expected to hit screens in March.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will see Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan return as Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes respectively, though there will only be six episodes. Little is known about the plot for the series, but the cast includes Daniel Bruhl, Emily VanCamp and Wyatt Russell, as well as Georges St-Pierre and Erin Kellyman.
Part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s next phase, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is set after the dramatic events of the film Avengers: Endgame. Fans have already had to wait a while for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier – it was initially set to come out last August – after it had to be delayed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
For our money, one of the most interesting series that will be landing on Disney Plus in the future is She-Hulk, which will see Tatiana Maslany in the title role.
With 10 half-hour episodes, as confirmed by the Marvel guru Kevin Feige, She-Hulk is likely to be extremely ‘bingeable’, especially as it brings Daredevil and The Punisher back into the MCU. Mark Ruffalo will also be appearing in the series and it has been confirmed that Tim Roth is also on board – he will be appearing as Emil Blonsky (Abomination).
Marvel fans are going to be spoiled for choice on Disney Plus this year but there is no doubt Loki is one of the series that has garnered the most anticipation.
Though Tom Hiddleston is back in the title role, the series will be set in an alternate timeline to the rest of the MCU, which offers the chance for a lot of creativity in terms of the plot. Owen Wilson, Sasha Lane, Sophia Di Martino and Gugu Mbatha-Raw also star in Loki and Richard E. Grant is set to make a guest appearance as well, which should be great.
Disney clearly has a lot of confidence that it has a hit on its hands as a second series has already received the green light to be developed. Set to premiere in May 2021, there will only initially be six episodes of Loki available to watch, with each of them expected to last between 40 to 50 minutes.
Marvel has received criticism over a perceived lack of diversity in its films in the past, with Ms. Marvel hopefully addressing this issue when it lands on Disney Plus later this year.
Iman Vellani is confirmed to be starring as Kamala Khan / Ms. Marvel with the rest of the cast including Saagar Shaikh, Aramis Knight, Matt Lintz, Zenobia Shroff and Mohan Kapur. Ms. Marvel might be aimed at a younger audience to series such as Loki, She-Hulk and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, as it is being billed as a coming-of-age teen drama.
Kevin Feige and Marvel are betting on Ms. Marvel being a smash hit as, late last year, the company revealed that Vellani will be appearing in Captain Marvel 2, which is set to come out at some point in 2022. Comic book readers will already be familiar with the character of Ms. Marvel, but a lot of people will not know what to expect from this series. What is for sure is Disney has stolen a march on Netflix when it comes to superhero content.
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