(Pocket-lint) - Disney has announced new Star Wars movies and shows, new Marvel movies and shows, new Pixar movies and shows, as well as Disney+ Originals - all during its four-hour-long Investor Day event.
Here's how to watch the event, plus all the key announcements.
How to watch Disney's Investor Day
- You can watch Disney Investor Day here
On 10 December 2020, Disney streamed its Investor Day event, which anyone can watch. The show focused mainly on the company’s streaming services, which include Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+. It, of course, also had several project announcements from its franchises, including Marvel, Star Wars, and Pixar. You can watch Disney's Investor Day from the link above.
The event began at 4:30pm EST/1:30pm PST and lasted four hours.
Disney Investor Day: All the key announcements
With this event, we got a clearer idea of Disney’s plan to adjust to the post-pandemic, plus whether it plans to release films originally intended for theaters on Disney+. Disney said its streaming service will be getting a ton of new content, including “roughly” 10 Star Wars series, 10 Marvel series, and 15 Disney live-action, Disney Animation, and Pixar series.
Fifteen Disney live-action, Disney Animation, and Pixar feature films are also coming to Disney+. In fact, Disney said we can expect hundreds more live-action and animated titles - from across its brands and franchises - to come to the service over the next few years. At the moment, it's set a schedule of over 100 new movies and shows to premiere on the service every year.
We already knew details on some of these projects, but Disney announced more information and has previewed teaser trailers.
New Star Wars series and movies
Here's a summary of all the Star Wars shows coming to Disney+ as well as Disney's upcoming Star Wars feature films:
Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic and Star Wars: Ahsoka
John Favreau and Dave Filoni, the minds behind The Mandalorian, will produce new series called Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic and Star Wars: Ahsoka. They will also crossover with The Mandalorian and result in a “climactic story event". Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy also announced the third season of The Mandalorian will debut in December 2021.
Star Wars: Andor
Disney detailed one more new Disney+ show called Star Wars: Andor. Starring Diego Luna as Cassian Andor from Rogue One, it will launch in 2022. Although production began two weeks ago in London, a brief trailer was shown, which you can see below. Tony Gilroy will serve as the showrunner, and Diego Luna will reprise his role as Andor from Rogue One and serve as a producer.
The biggest of the productions is a Disney+ series called Obi-Wan Kenobi. Ewan McGregor is reprising his role as the titular character, while Hayden Christensen will return as Darth Vader. Obi-Wan Kenobi is set 10 years after the events of Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. The show was first announced at D23, but we didn't know about Christensen until now.
Obi-Wan Kenobi production is set to begin in March 2021.
Hayden Christensen returns as Darth Vader, joining Ewan McGregor in OBI-WAN KENOBI. The Original Series begins 10 years after the dramatic events of Revenge of the Sith, and is coming to #DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/9WR2npRUkk— Star Wars (@starwars) December 10, 2020
A new series set around Lando Calrissian is coming from Justin Simien. He created the show Dear White People. It's unclear yet who will be playing the titular character, but here's hoping it's Donald Glover reprising his role from Solo.
It's in the early stages of development.
The Bad Batch
This is a new animated series. It will follow a group of rogue Storm Troopers known as The Bad Batch. The show is "coming soon".
Star Wars: Visions
Visions will be a series of animated shorts telling different stories set in the Star Wars universe.
Acolyte and A Droid Story
Disney also revealed plans for other series in the Star Wars universe, including one called Acolyte and another called A Droid Story starring R2D2 and C3PO, the fan-favourite characters from the original Star Wars trilogies. Little else is known about these shows.
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Disney said the next Star Wars feature film is coming, and it'll be directed by Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins. It's centered around the story of Rogue Squadron, a famous squad of X-Wing fighter pilots made famous in the old Star Wars canon.
It'll be released around Christmas 2023.
Unnamed Taiki Waititi film
One of the hottest directors on the planet right now, Taiki Waititi, is hard at work on a new Star Wars film set in the uncharted future of the Star Wars Universe. Disney revealed it will premiere after Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
New Disney+ Original shows and movies
Here's a summary of all the new series and feature films coming to Disney+ (they're branded as "Disney+ Original"):
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers
Set in the present day, this is a live-action series - not a movie - that will see Emilio Estevez return as Gordon Bombay to lead a ragtag group of kids against the hockey dynasty he famously helped start in the 90s.
Turner and Hooch
This is a live-action series based on the film from 1989 that starred Tom Hanks as a detective with his trusted dog/partner, Hooch. Unfortunately, Hanks isn't returning. Instead, the new show will star Josh Peck.
John Stamos stars as a ho- shot college basketball coach who stumbles and becomes a women’s high school basketball.
Beauty and the Beast
A live-action prequel series that will see the return of characters from the most recent live-action feature film version of the story.
Percy Jackson and The Olympians
Percy Jackson and The Olympians, based on the popular novels by Rick Riordan, is getting an original Disney+ series.
Hocus Pocus 2
Disney confirmed it is working on a sequel for the Halloween cult classic - with a lot of the original cast, too.
Three Men and a Baby
Zac Efron is attached to star in the remake of the classic 80s film.
Jungle Cruise is a feature film starring the Rock, aka Dwayne Johnson. It will debut in July 2021.
The Lion King prequel
The Lion King is getting a live-action prequel treatment, with Barry Jenkins set to direct.
The Little Mermaid
Halle Berry will star as The Little Mermaid who wishes to be a human at any cost in this live-action feature film.
Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers
The animated children's duo will be making their live-action, feature-length debut on Disney+ around spring 2022.
A live-action version of the classic tale of the puppet who wants to be a boy is coming and will star Tom Hanks.
Peter Pan and Wendy
Disney said this is a fresh new, live-action story centered around the classic Peter Pan characters.
Sister Act 3
Whoopi Golberg is set to return for the third installment of her classic nun films.
Emma Stone will star as a young Cruella DeVille, but the iconic 101 Dalmations villain is seen as a fashion designer in the 1970s.
New Lucasfilm movies
Indiana Jones 5
Harrison Ford will return for the last time as the world's most famous archeologist. Logan director James Mangold will direct.
Disney is re-creating the fantasy world of Willow. Disney+ has greenlit the series. It's based on Ron Howard's 1988 movie. Warwick Davis will reprise his role in the series, and Jon M Chu is set to direct the first episode and executive produce.
New Disney Animation shows and movies
Here's a summary of Disney's new animated series and feature films, some of which are coming to Disney+:
This animated series picks up where the film Big Hero 6 left off and sees the big guy exploring more of the world of San Frantokyo.
If you loved the animated animal-centric film Zootopia, this Disney+ series will show you what the animals from that film watched.
This musical series will see the return of Disney princess Moana as she ventures even further from home. It will hit Disney+ in 2023.
This animated series is all about the Disney princess from the film The Princess and The Frog. It will release sometime in 2023
This musical feature-length animated film comes from the team that made Zootopia and features songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda.
This animated feature is the product of Disney working with film creators from Africa to tell original stories from the continent.
New Pixar shows and movies
Here's a summary of Pixar's new computer-animated series and feature films, some of which are coming to Disney+:
Coming to Disney+ in 2021, these bite-size Pixar shorts will see the return of some of our favourite Pixar characters
Dug Days will star Dug, the dog from Pixar's Up, as he adjusts to his new life living with Carl. The series will hit Disney+ in fall 2021.
Cars: The series
Lightning McQueen and Mater return for a road trip in this new series coming in fall 2022.
Win or Lose
Win or Lose follows a co-ed softball team in the week leading up to their big championship game. It’s coming to Disney+ in 2023.
This feature film is set in Italy and follows Luca, a young boy during an important summer in his life. It's coming in summer 2021.
Turning Red follows May, a young teen who turns into a giant red panda when she gets too excited. It’s coming in spring 2022.
Coming in summer 2022, this is a standalone Buzz Lightyear film. But it's not another Toy Story movie. It's the actual film that the Buzz Lightyear toy in Toy Story comes from, and it will see Chris Evans voice the famous spaceman.
New Marvel shows and movies
Here's a summary of Marvel's new series and feature films, some of which are coming to Disney+:
Disney released a new trailer for the next Marvel adventure coming to Disney + in January 2021.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Coming March 2021 to Disney+, this six-episode Marvel series will see Captain America's two closest friends, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, work through a world without him. Disney revealed the first full trailer for the series.
Disney revealed the first trailer for Loki, with Tom Hiddleston returning as Loki. It's a new Disney+ Marvel series coming May 2021.
Marvel’s first animated series will be all about stories set in alternate histories of the MCU. The first trailer revealed at Investor Day teased a zombie Captain America, Black Panther starting the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Peggy Carter becoming Captain Britain.
This Disney+ series will see one of the newest Marvel comic characters, Kamala Khan (Iman Velllani) make her live-action debut.
Captain Marvel 2
Disney revealed that Iman Vellani’s Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, will star in the follow-up to 2019’s Captain Marvel. Brie Larson will also return to reprise her role as Captain Marvel.
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania
Disney revealed the title for the third Ant-Man film, as well as the return of director Peyton Reed from the previous Marvel films. Jonathan Majors has been cast as the villain Kang the Conqueror
Jeremy Renner will return to train a new Hawkeye in this Marvel series coming to Disney+ in late 2021.
Tatiana Maslany will star as a female Hulk, but the Disney+ series will also see Mark Ruffalo reprise his role as the angry green guy.
This Marvel series will revolve around Marc Spector, a mentally ill man who has been granted powers from an Egyptian God.
This Marvel series headed to Disney+ will see Samuel L Jackson star as Nick Fury. It's a live-action version of one of the most famous comic storylines of all time - where shape-shifting Skrulls infiltrate the most important positions on Earth.
Dominique Thorne will star in this Marvel series as an inventor who creates the most advanced suit of armour since Tony Stark.
This Marvel series will star Don Cheadle as his MCU character War Machine. He's dealing with the fallout of his old friend Tony Stark's technology falling into the wrong hands.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
Disney revealed that the cast of The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will shoot this Disney+ special, due to release during the holiday season of 2022 (ahead of the third film's 2023 release).
I am Groot
These animated Marvel shorts will follow the adventures of Baby Groot. They'll debut on Disney+
The Fantastic Four
Marvel confirmed it's working on a film for one of the most iconic superhero teams. SpiderMan director Jon Watts will direct.
Thor: Love and Thunder
In the latest installment of the Thor series of Marvel films, Chris Hemsworth is returning to wield Mjolnir, while Christian Bale is set to play the villain Gorr The God Butcher, a man who blames all the Gods for the death of his family.
Black Panther II
Marvel's Kevin Feige made a short statement on Chadwick Boseman's passing before saying the studio will not recast the character, but the much-anticipated sequel is still on track to release 6 May 2020.
Raya and the Last Dragon to debut soon on Disney+
Disney's Raya and the Last Dragon is set to debut on 5 March 2021. It will debut simultaneously on Disney+ and in theatres. Pixar’s latest feature film, Soul, will also debut on Disney+. It's scheduled to premiere on 25 December 2020.
Disney+ US price increase
All this new content for Disney+, of course, comes at a cost. As of March 2021, Disney+ will increase $1 to $7.99 per month.
Hulu comes to Europe in the form of Star
Disney+ plans to integrate Star into the streaming service - but outside the US.
This will see the addition of adult-oriented content, such as shows like Family Guy and films like Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Star will only be available for subscribers outside the US because Disney currently uses Hulu to deliver most of this content in the US. Disney also announced expanded parental controls to ensure the streaming service stays appropriate for all ages.
The addition of Star will see the price of Disney+ rise to €8.99 in Europe, from 23 February 2021 in continental Europe. The new pricing will come to Latin America, Japan, and Korea later in 2021.
Ad-free Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+ bundle
Disney has announced a new bundle in the US for its streaming services. It consists of Disney+, ad-free Hulu, and ESPN+ for $18.99. That's a six-dollar increase over the company’s existing $12.99 streaming bundle that includes Hulu with ads. But the price increase is the difference between the standalone version of Hulu’s service with ads and the ad-free version.
When bought separately, Disney+ is $6.99 per month, ESPN+ is $5.99 per month), and Hulu without ads is $11.99 per month.
The new bundle should launch in January 2021.
New series coming to Hulu
Disney announced a slew of new live-action series headed to Hulu. Many A-list actors' names were mentioned as stars for the new shows, including Michael Keaton, Steve Martin, Rosario Dawson, Selena Gomez, Martin Short, Kate McKinnon, and even the Kardashians. The family has made a deal to create global content, which will stream exclusively on Hulu in late 2021.
Disney also showed off footage for an upcoming season of The Handmaid’s Tale, revealing it's been renewed for a fifth season.
New and FX series, including an Alien show
New seasons of Atlanta, Dave, What We Do In The Shadows, and American Horror Story were all announced. It was also revealed that It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been renewed for four seasons, making it the longest-running live-action comedy. FX also introduced some of its upcoming new content, including an Alien series based on the films of the same name.
This will be the first series in the franchise, as well as the first to be set on Earth. Disney also revealed Shogun, a true-to-life Game of Thrones-style show set in feudal Japan, and Reservation Dog, an original series produced by Taiki Waititi.
These projects will presumably be available in the US through Hulu.
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