Disney-Plus Hits 86M Subs, Launching Marvel & “Star Wars” Series, More

Disney celebrated Christmas early by delivering a slew of announcements about new content coming to Disney-Plus at yesterday's Disney Investor Day event. As the world of entertainment navigates coronavirus, Disney is focusing on “quality not volume”… although they’ve got a pretty good chunk of fan-favorites incoming.

That includes 10 new Marvel series, 10 “Star Wars” series, 15 Disney live-action, animated and Pixar series, and 15 Disney live action, animated and Pixar films. By the time those start rolling out, Disney-Plus will be offering a new bundle for $6 more per month where you get the no-ad version of Hulu along with ESPN-Plus.Here are some other exciting announcements made at the event:

  • “Hawkeye” starringJeremy RennerandHailee Steinfeldwill premiere in late Fall 2021.
  • Hayden Christensenwill return as Darth Vader – AKA Anakin Skywalker – for the new “Obi-Wan Kenobi” series.
  • Marvel is working on a new “Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special” for 2022, directed byJames Gunn. The special will film alongside the upcoming third installment of the movie, due for release in 2023.
  • “Black Panther 2” will not recast lateChadwick Boseman’scharacter King T’Challa. The film is still set for release in July 2022.
  • A third “Ant-Man” film is in the works, and so is a new “Fantastic Four” movie.

The Disney Investor Day event also revealed some impressive some numbers – Disney-Plus has raked in more than 86-million subscribers since launching a little over a year ago in November 2019. Meanwhile, Hulu has reached almost 39-million, and ESPN Plus has amassed over 11-million. That means Disney’s streaming services now have a combined total of over 137 million subscribers.

  • Check out “The Verge’s” rundown on all the big Disney announcementsHERE.

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