New Year, New Content

Disney Plus works it’s magic to captivate more streamers with new original content

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As Buena’s target date for return back to in-person learning has pushed back to April 12 instead of Jan. 22, many students are left wondering how they will cope with the long months ahead. There is good news for those who fear the gridlock of boredom, streaming platform Disney Plus has recently announced in a four hour video presentation, back in December of 2020, during their annual Disney Investor Day the release of new original shows and movies for 2021, along with 2022 and 2023.

Disney Plus has announced that there will be ten new Marvel and Star Wars series as well as 15 new series and features from Walt Disney Animation Studio, Live Action studio, and Pixar. The new content will be spread out accordingly over the next decade. 

“Given that storytelling is at the heart of everything we do at Disney, we’re incredibly proud of

how much our stories have been embraced by people around the world,” chief executive officer of the Walt Disney Company, Bob Chaplek, said during Disney Investor Day.

Disney Plus has announced that there will be ten new Marvel and Star Wars series as well as 15 new series and features from Walt Disney Animation Studio, Live Action studio, and Pixar. The new content will be spread out accordingly over the next decade. ”

In Jan. 2021, there will be two noticeable original releases. The first being “Marvel Studios: Legends”, which is scheduled to be on Disney Plus Jan. 8. Meanwhile, “WandaVision” is set to be released Jan. 15. Both shows, and future Marvel productions on Disney Plus, will be connected to Marvel’s theater releases and expand the existing Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). 

Senior and Disney Plus enthusiast Marcel Oerlemans said that he is “looking forward” to “Marvel Studios: Legends” than “WandaVision” 

“I think [Legends] is more interesting to me because it has the possibility to go into more about certain villains,” Oerlemans said.

Towards the end of Disney Investor Day, it was also announced that Disney Plus will receive a price increase from $6.99 a month to $7.99 a month. Although this is only a small change, this may deter new customers.”

 

Although the start of the new content will start off small, many eagerly awaiting shows like Marvel’s series “Loki”, season three of “The Mandalorian”, and the highly anticipated animated movie “Raya and the Last Dragon”, will all be released all later in the year 2021. Shows that are made official and are still in production include Star Wars’ “Obi-Wan Kenobi” special series, Marvel’s “What If…?” animated series, Pixar’s animation “Lightyear”, and dozens of more animated and live action films and series. These shows will not be expected to have an official release date or be streamed on the platform until a couple of years later on.  

Towards the end of Disney Investor Day, it was also announced that Disney Plus will receive a price increase from $6.99 a month to $7.99 a month. Although this is only a small change, this may deter new customers.

“I mean as of right now personally I don’t have time to watch a lot of movies myself,” Oerlemans said, “But I know that with people staying home they will almost 100% continue their subscription.”

There are many plans for the future of Disney Plus, and some films are more enticing than others. For those who want to find out more about the other anticipated features and series, here is a breakdown video about the 2020 Disney Investor Day