One of the big selling points of Disney+ is the partial opening of the famous "Vault" containing Disney's animated features, meaning you don't have to wait for the year Disney decides to release Aladdin to the world to watch Aladdin. While Disney hasn't made every classic movie in the Vault available, you can now stream Robin Williams' Genie whenever your heart desires.
With his combination of leading man good looks and near-constant expression of wry bemusement, Paul Rudd is an ideal modern superhero. He's both in on the joke and the butt of it. Most importantly, he looks equally cool and dumb in a tricked-out ant costume. While many tears were shed when Edgar Wright left the project in the development stage, director Peyton Reed (Down With Love) gives the origin story surrounding Rudd's performance as Scott Lang a bouncy rhythm and mischievous sense of humor. His transition from small-time crook to even smaller crimefighter is emotionally satisfying, narratively brisk, and completely absurd. (The Thomas the Tank Engine gag in the finale remains in a class by itself.) Plus, Ant-Man is one of the few Marvel movies where all the actors are having fun on the same frequency, with Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, and especially scene-stealer Michael Peña turning the film into Marvel's version of Ocean's Eleven.
Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
To a certain type of comic book fan, the mere existence of a movie like The Avengers is a miracle. There had been movies and TV shows that teamed up superheroes before -- Mystery Men goofed on the premise back in the '90s -- but no one had ever assembled a squad of do-gooders with the same level of gravitas and scale. Watching Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Nick Fury, and, yes, even Jeremy Renner's put-upon Hawkeye trade punches, secrets, and Joss Whedon's self-aware banter felt like a seismic rupture in nerd-dom's space-time continuum. Looking back, the movie's impact and influence on Hollywood moviemaking might be more negative than positive, as anyone who endured Suicide Squad can testify, but, for a brief moment, Marvel's carefully rolled out monument to itself stood tall and proud.
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
One of Marvel's greatest superpowers is convincing its loyal audience that each successive event film is "the big one," a culmination of everything that came before it and a bold leap forward into the future. (Avengers: Endgame looks like it will likely be remembered as the Marvel movie that launched the series into the Disney+ "content" era.) As a recipe for box office success, it clearly works; as a way to make satisfying movies, the results are often mixed. Each team-up asks: How big is too big? But the shrewdest move the Russo Brothers, returning yet again to the director chairs to marshal these characters along, and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely make here is pulling back some of the excess and bloat of Infinity War, which toggled between too many plotlines and dragged for long stretches. Despite a lengthy runtime, Avengers: Endgame is a more satisfying hang than its predecessor because the post-snap landscape is simply less crowded, allowing for fun digressions like a mid-movie meta riff on Back to the Future II that sees the heroes revisit previous entries in the series through the magic of time travel. Even if you're unmoved by the solemn gravitas-chasing of the ending, there's still fun to be found in the margins.
Another release from the Disney Vault, Bambi is the beautifully animated, heartbreaking story of a young buck coming of age in a forest full of cute talking animals and threatened by an evil hunter and his pack of dogs.