Disney Investor Day 2020 event brought a series of updates on old TV and movie titles, as well as updates for various new projects. In total, Disney announced over 100 new projects that will range from Star Wars to Marvel and Pixar. Each new series will be made available on Disney+ while feature films will be divided into Disney+ and Disney+ Premier Access.
There was big news in store for the Star Wars Universe.
Multiple projects will be released on Disney+, including the Obi-Wan series starring Ewan McGregor with Hayden Christensen returning as Darth Vader. Along with two series set during the Mandalorian timeline from Dave Favreau and Dave Filoni, Rangers of the New Republic, featuring Cara Dune, and Ahsoka, with Rosario Dawson returning as fan-favorite Ahsoka Tano.
Additional shows include The Bad Batch set shortly after Order 66, Andor based on Cassian Andor’s story set before the events of Rogue One with Diego Luna reprising his role, A Droid Story will feature the return of C3PO and R2-D2, a new Lando series, Star Wars: Visions, and The Acolyte set during the final days of the High Republic era.
The studio will also be releasing various feature films including the next film in the Star Wars franchise, Rogue Squadron, directed by Patty Jenkins of the Wonder Woman Franchise.
Other projects include the next and final installment of Indiana Jones directed by James Mangold and an adaptation of Tomi Adeyemi’s New York bestselling novel, Children of Blood & Bone.
Disney Studios Feature Films
While this year may have paused several projects, Disney was still able to bring an unbelievable number of original movies that will be featured on Disney+ for all users.
These Disney+ projects include:
- Hocus Pocus 2, a sequel to the spooky 1993 Halloween classic.
- Reboots of Three Men and a Baby with Zac Efron in the title role, a remake of Cheaper by the Dozen starring Gabriel Union and Kenya Barris, and a new Sister Act 3 film with legendary Whoopi Goldberg returning to reprise her title character.
If that wasn’t all, Disney included additional projects with both new and returning characters.
- Peter Pan & Wendy, starring Jude Law as Captain Hook and Yara Shahidi as Tinker Bell.
- Disenchanted, the sequel to Enchanted with Amy Adams set to return as Giselle.
- Chip N’ Dale: Rescue Rangers, a hybrid live-action and animation film starring John Mulaney and Andy Samberg
- The upcoming cast for The Little Mermaid live-action was featured with Halle Bailey in the lead role as Ariel, and Jonah Hauer- King as Prince Eric.
- Jungle Cruise is set to release mid-next year.
- Cruella will feature Emma Stone as the iconic villain.
- The Lion King prequel directed by Barry Jenkins and will include music by Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, and Nicolas Britell.
Disney will also be developing new animated stories for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Ice Age Adventure of Buck Wild, and Night at the Museum, past fan favorites derived from 20th Century Studios.
Disney Animation Studios
As theaters across the country remain closed, Disney delivered some of the biggest news; Raya and the Last Dragon will debut in theaters in March 2021 as well as on Disney+ Premier Access simultaneously. The film will be priced at $29.99 on Premier Access.
A new upcoming project titled Encanto where a magical family lives in a magical home will be released in November 2021and will include music by Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda.
If that wasn’t enough, Walt Disney Animation Studies will also be producing a series of new animated series releasing on Disney+.
These animated series include:
- Baymax as a continuation of Big Hero 6
- Zootopia+ featuring stories from some of the supporting characters.
- Tiana series continuing the princess’s/ restaurateur’s adventurers.
- Moana series as she continues exploring the South Pacific.
- Iwaju produced in collaboration with a Pan-African comic book company.
Pixar Animation Studios has given us a great list of upcoming feature films, and the studio’s first-ever series. This series will premiere exclusively on the streaming service Disney+.
Win or Lose will be the first-ever long-form Pixar animated series and will debut on Disney+ sometime in February 2023. The show follows a middle school softball team in the week leading up to their champion game, each episode will tell a story from each team player’s perspective.
Other upcoming Pixar series include, Dug Days a spin-off from the beloved movie, Up, and will feature Dug as he navigates the world with Carl and Russell outside of Paradise Falls, Inside Pixar, Pixar Popcorn, and Cars with Lightning McQueen and Mater returning as they go on a road trip across the country. Cars is set to premiere on the streaming service Fall 2022.
Pixar’s upcoming feature films carry a few surprises as one of Pixar’s most beloved characters receives an origin story into their life before being a toy. Lightyear will take a look into the life of the hero who inspired the toy, Buzz Lightyear, and will feature Chris Evans as the famous space ranger.
Turning Red is a new project scheduled for a theoretical release on March 10, 2022, and directed by Academy Award-winning director, Domee Shi. The story follows a teenage girl maneuvering through some of life’s toughest years; except for her life can be especially difficult when she gets too excited, she instantly transforms into a giant red panda.
Pixar will also release their original feature film, Luca, in theaters in June 2021, and will tell the story of Luca and his best friend Alberto during an unforgettable summer.
Marvel Studios had some of the biggest announcements at the event as the world of the Marvel Universe continues to grow. This time, Marvel will feature content for both Disney+ and theaters.
Marvel original content exclusively for Disney+ will develop several of its key characters, as well as some returning characters. Here is a list of all upcoming Marvel series to Disney+.
- Secret Invasion, starring Samuel L. Jackson.
- Ironheart with Dominique Thorne as the genius inventor.
- Armor Wars with returning MCU vet Don Cheadle as James Rhodes.
- WandaVision premiering January 15, 2021.
- The Falcon and The Winter Soldier premiering March 19, 2021.
- Loki with returning Tom Hiddleston and his iconic mischievous character.
- What If…? The animated series.
- Ms. Marvel with Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan.
- Hawkeye with Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop.
- She-Hulk starring Tatiana Maslany as the lead alongside Mark Ruffalo and Tim Roth.
- Moon Knight premiering in 2022.
- Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special premiering during the holidays in 2022.
- I Am Groot a series of original shorts featuring the lovable tree
The Marvel Cinematic Universe will continue developing their universe through films including:
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quanumania, the third movie in the franchise
- Fantastic Four introducing Marvel’s most iconic family
- Black Widow
- Shang Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings
- Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness
- Thor: Love and Thunder
- Captain Marvel 2
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3