Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, announced that the new Disney streaming service will be called “Disney +“. Among the original works being added to the service are a reboot of High School Musical, an original series based on Monsters Inc, and movies such as Noel, starring Anna Kendrick as Santa’s daughter, and Togo starring William DeFoe about the 1925 Nome Serum Run. But what content does NerdBastards such as you, dear reader, care about? With the acquisition of Fox, Disney bolsters their content library. The 2019 launch of Disney + is still a few months out, so more news could pour in at any moment. But with access to Marvel, LucasArts, and Disney libraries, even without Fox’s considerable properties, there’s a lot for fans to look forward to. Rumors abound, but Mr. Iger was kind enough to confirm a few things.
Loki’s promise of “no resurrections this time” may or may not be another trick. Tom Hiddleston will be reprising the role of the Nordic trickster god in Disney +’s first official announcement of an original Marvel series to it’s streaming service. Allegedly a live-action series, there’s little other details. Hiddleston himself posted to Instagram in a brief and mysterious post. While a prequel series may be harder to do, as the first Thor movie was nearly a decade ago now, fans of the Jotun-turned-Asgardian will be pumped to see more of their favorite villain. Along with Loki, there are rumors of a Scarlet Witch and Vision miniseries, though that’s still a rumor.
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Joining Loki as original content comes a prequel series to Rogue One: A Story Wars Story. The series will follow Cassian Andor with Diego Luna reprising the role. “Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me,” Luna said “I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey. We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply.”
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Along with the as-of-yet-unnamed Rogue One prequel series is another Star Wars original series called The Mandalorian, written and produced by Jon Favreau, who posted to Instagram. “After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic…”
Disney is set to pull it’s properties from Netflix sometime in 2019 before it’s own service starts. With DC Universe up and running, Disney + will join it as yet another streaming service for fans to juggle. No prices have been listed yet for Disney +. DC Universe and Disney + intend to be rivals for Netflix, whose prices start at $7.99 with plans as much as $13.99. As DC Universe is set at $7.99 with a $74.99 annual subscription, Disney + is likely to be of a similar price if it intends to compete with Netflix and DC Universe.
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