It’s a new year, and with it come several new movies and TV shows for us all to obsess over. And Disney+ is making Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse very proud with all the new content coming along this year. So, without further ado, let’s see what’s in store for fans of the most magical streaming service in the world this year.
- The Falcon And The Winter Soldier – March 19
The show was meant to be the first one in Marvel’s long list of series launched on Disney+ this year, but due to the pandemic, its production was delayed. Instead, WandaVision was the one to introduce us to Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And, just like its predecessor, ‘TFATWS’ will have its six episodes released every Friday. The first episode is already be available!
- Loki – June 11
Raise your hand if you’re also glad to see some Loki-centred content around here! Remember in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ when a version of Loki disappeared from New York in 2012 with the Tesseract? Yeah, that version of him is the star of this show. The premise of the series is pretty cool too: the God of Mischief finally steps out of his brother’s shadow and ends up recruited for a time (and space) heist. This should be interesting, huh?
- What If… – Mid 2021
Essentially, this will be an animation series that stays very true to its name: what if things in the MCU had happened differently? For example, what if Peggy Carter took the serum instead of Steve Rogers? Even without a defined release date, everyone is already super excited to see how it goes.
- Ms Marvel
‘Ms Marvel’ will also tie into the MCU, introducing Kamala Khan, the first Muslim Marvel superhero. The 16-year-old Pakistani-American lives in Jersey City and writes fanfiction about her favourite superheroes, until one day she becomes one of them.
Yes people, Jeremy Renner is returning as Hawkeye for his own show. Like most other Marvel shows on Disney+, the events on ‘Hawkeye’ will take place after ‘Avengers: Endgame’. Along with Renner, Hailee Steinfeld joins the cast as Kate Bishop, who, in the comics, is a superhero who also takes the codename Hawkeye at some point.
- The Mighty Duck: Game Changer – March 26
The Disney reboots seem to be a trend that’s not going to end soon. The latest of which is ‘The Mighty Ducks’, a series based on a 1992 movie of the same name. Following the story of the original movie, The Mighty Ducks are now a pretty successful junior hockey team, and selective about who makes the cut. And after a boy named Evan is kicked out, he sets out to form a new team. For that, he enlists the help of his mother and the Ducks’ original coach, Gordon Bombay.
- Star Wars: The Bad Batch – May 4
Following ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’, ‘The Bad Batch’ is an animated series focused on Clone Force 99, a.k.a. The Bad Batch, a group of clones with genetic mutations as they take on mercenary missions after the Clone Wars ending.
- Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett – December 2021
Remember when Boba Fett showed up on ‘The Mandalorian’? And then they ended it with an announcement of a show focused on the legendary bounty hunter? Well, the show is closer than ever! Who else is really looking forward to getting a closer look into what one of the most well-known characters of the Star Wars universe is up to?
- Monsters At Work – July 2
Based on 2001’s ‘Monsters Inc.’, this series will be a direct sequel set six months after the original. Monstropolis is still mid-transition from being fuelled by screams to laughter and a recent graduate from Monsters University, Tylor Tuskmon, starts at Monsters Inc. as a mechanic and dreams of working with his idols, James P. “Sully” Sullivan and Mike Wazowski.
- High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Season 2) – May 14
Yes, Wildcats, the nostalgia-infused mockumentary-style show will be back in two months! We will soon get to catch up with Nini, Ricky, E.J., Gina and everybody else at East High.
- Diary of a Future President (Season 2) – Second Semester of 2021
Another returning show is ‘Diary of a Future President’. Disney+’s favourite Cuban-American 12-year-old future leader of the USA, Elena Cañero-Reed, will be back next semester!
- Big Shot – April 16
‘Big Shot’ is the story of Marvyn, a temperamental basketball coach fired from his job and somehow ends up in a girls-only private high school. That should be interesting…
- The Mysterious Benedict Society – June 25
Based on a book by the same name, the show will follow a group of very gifted children bound together by one factor: they’re either orphans or unwanted by their parents. The kids have to team up with Nicholas Benedict against a very powerful villain, Ledroptha Curtain and his evil assistants, the Ten Men.
- Turner and Hooch – July 16
A comedy and action series set to roll around in mid-July (meaning we all get a chance to binge-watch it). Starring Josh Peck as Scott Turner, an ambitious, buttoned-up US Marshall who inherits a very chaotic dog, Hooch. Even though he didn’t really think the dog was a good idea at first, Turner quickly realizes they may just be the best possible life partners. Remember how we said the Disney reboots would be happening for a long time? This is another one of those, based on a movie from 1989.
- Raya and the Last Dragon – Around The End Of The 1st Semester of 2021
Currently available with Premier Access, ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ follows Disney’s first Southeast Asian princess as she goes after the last of the dragons to fight the same evil that wiped the species out in the first place 500 years earlier.
- Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again
The beloved movie series will get the 4th installment, in animation form. This time, the main character is Larry’s son, Nick, and some other fan favourites will also be returning, such as Jedediah and Octavius, Teddy Roosevelt and Sacajawea. Oh, and apparently Joan of Arc will be joining them as well.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney’s iconic series of books from the 2000s will be getting a new adaptation for Disney+ later this year, this time in 3D animation, making it look a lot closer to the original illustrations from the books. Now all we have left to do is wait to see what plot lines the new version will be following.
Another Cinderella Story, but make it sneakers instead of glass slippers. Chosen Jacobs and Lexi Underwood will be starring in the new pop/hip-hop musical version of the Disney classic. No doubt this movie has everything to be Disney’s newest classic.
Which one of these are you most excited about? And yes, you can say “all of them”.
The article above was edited by Rafaela Bertolini.
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