Disney+ releases new material

For Disney enthusiasts, the annual Disney Investor Day is always exciting, no matter the year. But this December, in 2020, there was a new emphasis on the Disney+ streaming service, which made the day-long event even more thrilling for fans. Over a time span of nearly three and a half hours, upcoming releases were revealed one by one, whether they be a new show, movie, or franchise.

Lovers of Disney originals were not disappointed on DI Day. Raya and the Last Dragon, a new movie about a warrior-princess who is destined to save her world, Kumandra, will be released both theatrically and digitally, on Disney+, on March 5, 2021. Tiana, a new series about everyone’s favorite princess who kissed a frog, is set for 2023. Hocus Pocus 2 and a live-action The Little Mermaid, starring singer and actress Halle Bailey, will debut within the next few years as well.

Hulu announced The Emmy Award-winning show The Handmaid’s Tale to be renewed for 5 seasons with season 4 coming soon in 2021. Also, a new American Horror Story spinoff series called American Horror Stories by producer Ryan Murphy was revealed back in late spring, but now has a confirmed release year of 2021, as of Disney Investor Day. Only Murders in the Building, starring Selena Gomez, Steve Martin, and Martin Short is an additional new series coming to Hulu in 2021.

Perhaps most enthusiastic about these coming years for Disney are Marvel and Star Wars fans, who are about to receive a lot of new content from their favorite franchises.

Plenty of series are coming to the MCU, some even arriving as soon as the first half of 2021. WandaVision, which debuted on Disney+ January 15, is starring Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Vision, played by Paul Bettany, in a quirky sitcom about the couple’s new suburban life after the events of Avengers: Endgame. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki will premiere on Disney+ as well, in March and May 2021 respectively. Other series, like She-Hulk, What If…?, and Hawkeye will be released on a date still to be determined.

Not only will new TV series come to the MCU, but also, of course, movies. Black Widow is set for a new release date of May 7, 2021, after being delayed due to COVID-19. Recently, Christian Bale was confirmed to play a role in Thor: Love and Thunder alongside Natalie Portman, who will return to her role as Jane Foster in the film, which is set to be released in February 2022. Other movies, such as Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness are coming soon as well. A rumor has even spread that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield might act in Spider-Man 3 with Tom Holland.

With the Star Wars saga having ended last year, new series are going to continue fans’ love for the franchise on Disney+. Quite thrilling was the announcement that Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor, both from the prequel trilogy, will be returning to their roles of Darth Vader and Obi-Wan in the new Disney+ show Obi-Wan Kenobi. Ahsoka, a new show about Ahsoka Tano from The Clone Wars, will be created by The Mandalorian producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni and debut at a currently unknown time. Star Wars: Visions will be an anime-style set of short stories on Disney+, a genre of cinema never-before-seen done by Disney creators. A new series about the smuggler Lando will be coming soon to Disney+ as well.

After much anticipation for statements regarding new shows and films, these announcements did not disappoint. Now, the actual projects are something to be even more excited about.