Disney+ will come with new Marvel, Star Wars, and Pixar shows

Danny Woods
November 11, 2018

For the just-ended quarter, the media networks unit, Disney's largest, reported a 4% year-over-year rise in operating income of $1.5 billion as broadcaster ABC saw higher programme sales and fees from channel distributors.

The new service will be called Disney+, and it will include content from Disney and connected brands, including a brand new television show centred on Marvel anti-hero Loki.

But in order to properly compete with the existing major streaming giants, Disney has to bring in its own movie and series originals made specifically for the service, giving it a further edge of exclusivity for potential subscribers. The service will have original programming and "unprecedented access" to library titles from the Disney brand itself, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars and National Geographic. It's not yet clear what this spells for channels now in place across satellite and cable services, but it does suggest that at least some original non-fictional programming should be headed to Disney+. There will also be an 8-episode documentary series titled Ink & Paint, based on Mindy Johnson's 2017 book of the same name, that looks in the untold history of the women who helped turn Walt Disney's animation studio into the massive empire it is today.

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- “Lucasfilm is in development on a second Star Wars live-action series for Disney+ that will go into production next year. "And we think we have enough right now and we'll be able to continue to license more", Iger said.

CEO Bob Iger unveiled the new name during Disney's earning call yesterday, simply read as "Disney Plus".

A release date for the upcoming TV show surrounding Andor has yet to be revealed, but if we had to guess it should come sometime in the coming year. We're moving ever closer to the breaking point where subscribers are fed up of paying for half a dozen different streaming services. And in addition to the Star Wars franchise, the streaming service will also reportedly include shows based on Marvel Cinematic Universe characters, including potential series starring Falcon, Winter Solider, Scarlet Witch, and Loki. For some time now, we have heard that Disney wants their new Disney+ streaming service to focus on kids and Hulu to be targeted at adults.

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