With the announcement that Iron Man director Jon Favreau will write and produce a new Star Wars series for Disney's upcoming direct-to-consumer platform, it's time to take stock of all the new content coming to the new streaming service. With more and more news making its way online, it's clear that Disney's Netflix rival is going to come out the gate strong.
What seemed an extraneous streaming service is now looking more and more enticing as the House of Mouse continues to sweeten the deal. It won't just be a one-stop shop for all Disney movies, but also for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and, thanks to the recent deal, all of 20th Century Fox's properties (minus Alien, Deadpool and other R-rated titles). Netflix, Hulu, Crackle, and everyone else will have to scrabble for better and more valuable original content in order to stay relevant and competitive as Disney takes a ton of established titles off the table in one fell swoop.
With that said, here's everything we know of that's coming to Disney's own streaming service, which reportedly goes live late next year.
Every Disney movie ever
This one's a no-brainer. Every film the company has ever made, both animated and live-action, well-known and more obscure. From The Black Cauldron to Moana to Return to Oz to Adam Sandler's Bedtime Stories, you'll have quite the selection from which to choose.
Original shows based on Disney movies
Dreamworks did it with The Croods and How to Train Your Dragon on Netflix, so why not? So far, we know of an animated series based on Monsters Inc. and High School Musical.
Reboots of classic Disney movies like The Mighty Ducks
Titles like The Parent Trap, Father of the Bride, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and The Mighty Ducks have been kicked around as potential reboots for the app.
New Star Wars content
Favreau's new series is just the tip of the galactic iceberg for Disney's streaming service. According to a report from last month, the company's got one more Star Wars property lined up, although there are no details at the moment. With these comes all the Star Wars movies, too.
The other famous Lucasfilm property is, of course. Indiana Jones. With Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford on the verge of returning for the fifth movie, the streaming service can certainly take full advantage of the revitalized franchise. They can even reboot the The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.
A new Marvel show
Since there will be no R-rated content on the new platform, Disney will allow its edgier Marvel-owned properties to stay on Netflix and Hulu. Shows such as Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, The Punisher, and maybe even Runaways will stay safely where they are (at least for now). Meanwhile, on-air series like Cloak & Dagger, Legion, and The Gifted will probably remain on television and make their way to streaming services later on. Since Cloak & Dagger and The Gifted have homes on more family-friendly networks (Freeform and Fox), the shows might get to join Disney's app. Nevertheless, Disney does have plans for one new Marvel property to debut on its new streaming service.
Every MCU movie
Technically, this counts under "Every Disney Movie Ever Made," but the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become such a phenomenon that it deserves a category in its own right. With the raging success of Black Panther and Infinity War not far off on the horizon, these are coveted movies that currently have a safe place on Netflix... but not for long.
The most recent series was pulled after only one season on ABC, but it will find new life on Disney's streaming app.
Select properties from 20th Century Fox
In keeping with a family-friendly service, Disney won't include titles like Deadpool and Alien, but it would be nuts to ignore the treasure trove of movies and shows it is getting in the Fox deal. They can certainly include properties like the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Ice Age, Rio, Ferdinand, and Home Alone in the eventual line-up.
Totally original content
Original content is the area where a streaming service grows the best and Disney has a ton of movies already in the works. There's a fantasy-heavy adaptation of Don Quixote from screenwriter Billy Ray, Magic Camp with Jeffrey Tambor (it may be canceled upon his accusation of sexual misconduct), and a Christmas comedy entitled Noelle. Disney Channel is famous for its original feature films and the app has the potential to achieve the same type of magic.