Disney+ gets starring role in company’s Marvel Phase Four plans

New original Marvel series planned for Disney+ include "Hawkeye." (Disney)(Disney/Marvel)

Disney+, Disney’s subscription streaming service launching November 12, will play a big role in the studio’s plans for Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Disney showed up at Comic-Con International in San Diego to announce new titles and provide additional details for previously announced Disney+ projects. And these titles will apparently tie in closely with Marvel’s theatrical releases, according to Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios.

In Fall 2020, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” will arrive on Disney+. The series will star Anthony Mackie (The Falcon) and Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier) and will pick up right after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.”

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In Spring 2021, “WandaVision” will arrive with Paul Bettany reprising the role of Vision and Elizabeth Olsen returning to her role of Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch. Teyonah Parris will be playing the grown-up version of Monica Rambeau, a character introduced in “Captain Marvel.”

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Other Marvel titles coming to Disney+ include “Hawkeye,” a series starring Jeremy Renner; “What if…?,” an animated series that explores alternate realities in the Marvel Universe; and “Loki,” a previously announced series starring Tom Hiddleston. All three of those series are slated to premiere in 2021.

The announcement marks a significant original content investment in Disney+, which will be competing head to head with existing streaming services like Amazon and Netflix as well as upcoming services from Apple, WarnerMedia, NBCUniversal and Quibi.

Disney has high hopes for Disney+, which will be priced at $6.99 per month and feature other original series and films based on Star Wars, Pixar and Disney characters. The service will also include library content including films that will be pulled back from Netflix.

Disney expects Disney+ will grow to between 60 million and 90 million subscribers by 2024. The company also expects the service will be profitable by then.

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