Disney held a massive press conference to discuss its upcoming services, perhaps most importantly, Disney+, the new streaming service that will launch later this year. Hosted by Kevin Mayer, chairman of Disney’s direct-to-consumer division, the press conference unveiled the look of Disney+ with demonstrations of how the menu screens will look. (Basically, a lot like Netflix.) Programming will be divided between Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. While demonstrating the Marvel menu, perhaps inadvertently, it was confirmed that the ‘Falcon & Winter Soldier’ series is a go. While it has been heavily discussed for quite a while now, Disney had yet to officially confirm that this show was on its way. But today a logo for the show appeared under the demonstration of the Marvel menu, and Mayer later referred to it by name.
Interestingly, this is the only one of the original series based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe displayed, even though ‘Loki’ has been known to be in the works the longest, and is, so far, the only one officially confirmed. Series starring ‘Vision & Scarlet Witch’ and ‘Hawkeye’, like ‘Falcon & Winter Soldier’, are well-known to be in the works, but are also not officially confirmed as the time of this writing. A bit less certain is a show based on ‘Rocket & Groot’, but perhaps that’s just a matter of time.
Also announced, earlier during the press conference, were plans to offer cheaper bundle packages, which would allow subscribers to combine subscriptions to Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+. Disney has had Disney+ in the works for years now, but with its recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox, it has also become the majority owner of Hulu, as well as India’s Star service. So for fans that already subscribe to Hulu, this is great news if you didn’t want to cough up the dough for another service. At least this way, you don’t have to pay full price to add Disney+. (Hopefully, there’s an offer that excludes ESPN+, because screw that.)
Presumably, ‘Falcon & Winter Soldier’ will star Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, who portray those characters in the films. But wait a second… they’re both dead. Aren’t they?
Disney+ will be $6.99 a month or $69 for a year. It launches on November 12, 2019. It was stated that Disney is considering a bundle plan to combine Disney+ with Hulu and ESPN+, but that looks to still be in the planning stages. But since Disney now owns 60% of Hulu, it makes sense to make this offer for current subscribers.
Are you excited about a ‘Falcon & Winter Soldier’ series?