Disney+ made a lot of waves Monday by announcing a cornucopia of titles coming to the service when it launches on Nov. 12. The good news for Marvel fans is that two new titles have been added to the mix.
The bad news is that not every single Marvel movie will be there. Besides that, quite a few other titles will be missing as well. And they’re not all obscure movies that only people steeped in Disney lore would know.
What Marvel movies will be on the service?
According to Comicbook.com, the two films newly confirmed to be on Disney + at launch day are the movies that wrapped up Phase Two: Avengers: Age of Ultron and the first Ant-Man. Those movies surprised this author by being opposites in quality: Age of Ultron was not nearly as good as it should have been, while Ant-Man was a delightful surprise.
In a way, the movies were polar opposites of each other. The very fate of the world hung in the balance in Ultron, while Ant-Man was basically about an ex-convict turned hero who mainly wanted to win the love of his daughter.
Joining those two will be these Marvel movies: 2008’s Iron Man, 2013’s Iron Man 3, 2014’s Thor: The Dark World, and 2019’s Captain Marvel. From Captain Marvel forward, the MCU movies will always be going to Disney+ first.
What Marvel movies are not on the service at launch?
MCU fans who were looking forward to bingeing as many of the 23 movies as possible will have to deal with a few holes, the most gargantuan one being Avengers: Endgame.
While that will arrive in December, it will be 2020 before we see Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Black Panther, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man 2 and Thor: Ragnarok.
The reason those movies are arriving on Disney+ later is because Disney is honoring its contracts it had with other streaming services like Netflix, which still has Infinity War, and Iron Man 2, which is on Amazon Prime and Hulu.
So if you want to binge as many Marvel movies as possible, you’ll have to hop streaming services once Disney+ goes live next month. It will be next year before Disney+ will come close to being a one-stop shop.
And even if Disney+ never has all the MCU movies at once, there will be lots of new TV shows to keep fans busy. The first of these will be The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, coming in the fall of 2020.
Joining the group the following year will be WandaVision, Loki, What If, and Hawkeye. And besides all that, there will now be four MCU movies in 2021: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in February, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness in May, Spider-Man 3 in July and Thor: Love and Thunder in November.
So especially in 2021, Marvel fans will be anything but deprived.
What else is missing from Disney+?
It’s important to remember that Disney never explicitly promised their streaming service would have absolutely everything on it. Still, when the company started tweeting out title after title this week, it was easy to think the offering would be very comprehensive.
After all, if they’ve got their 1976 movie Gus, about a football-playing mule on there, what wouldn’t they have?
Quite a lot, as it turns out. Another Twitter account called Not on Disney Plus started to list all the titles that are excluded from the service on launch day. It should surprise no one that the controversial Song of the South will not be there.
Although it features the song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” still heard every day by Disney park visitors who ride on Splash Mountain, the ongoing debate over its racial depictions will probably keep it from the streaming service for good.
However, there are a number of familiar titles missing, including Pixar’s Up, which is odd, because that’s one of the three animated movies that received a Best Picture Oscar nomination.
And as long as we’re talking about silly animal movies like Gus, lovers of very small, feisty dogs will surely mourn the exclusion of Beverly Hills Chihuahua.
However, instead of focusing on what we aren’t getting, it might be wiser to remember that we’re getting an awful lot for only $7 a month, less than the cost of even a matinee movie ticket these days.
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