Will Disney+ also have original Marvel and Star Wars TV Shows?
Marvel's elite group of superheroes known as the Avengers will no longer be confined to the big screen. Though Netflix carved out its own space in the larger Marvel continuity, with shows like the now-cancelled Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist -- and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are still fighting away on ABC -- the Disney streaming service will attempt to draw viewers by bringing some of its caped A-team to the platform.
Back in September of 2018, Variety reported that Disney was working to make six-to-eight episode series focusing on lesser known MCU characters, specifically ones who have not gotten their own stand-alone feature films. As part of its programming slate, Disney has announced three different shows from Marvel Studios: a show focusing on Tom Hiddleston's trickster villain Loki; a series with the odd title WandaVision starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as Scarlet Witch and The Vision; and a show with Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan teaming up called The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
At Comic-Con this year, the company also revealed plans for the animated series What If?, which examines alternate outcomes for pivotal events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. How will those shows fit into Marvel's complicated continuity? "A post-Endgame MCU will be extremely different and extremely focused on Disney+ tying into our future," said Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige at Disney's recent investor day.
During the D23 conference in August of 2019, the company also announced three additional Marvel TV shows: Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight. There's very little information about these shows, which are still in development. It seems like they would likely rely less on talent from the established MCU as the initial first batch of Marvel TV properties.
Feige isn't the only MCU creative playing an important role in the platform's original programming: Iron Man director Jon Favreau, who is currently directing the live action Lion King adaptation for Disney, will be overseeing the Star Wars series The Mandalorian, which will debut its first episode when the service launches. (Early reports are that the 10 episode first season will end up having a budget around $100 million, putting it in Game of Thrones territory.) Plot details are limited at this point, but Favreau has said that the show will take place three years after the events in Return of the Jedi. It will star Pedro Pascal in the lead role and will also include Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Nick Nolte, and, yes, Werner Herzog.
During D23, the company premiered an intriguing teaser trailer for the series. Episodes for the series will drop on a weekly basis.
In addition to The Mandalorian, Disney+ will also feature a Star Wars spin-off of Rogue One about Rebel Alliance freedom fighter Cassian Andor. The show will find actors Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk reprising their roles from the film; the showrunner for the series will be writer Stephen Schiff, who last worked on FX's acclaimed series The Americans. The series is expected to start filming in 2019.
That's not all: Ewan McGregor will also be reprising the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi for a still untitled series for Disney+. The announcement was made during D23. At various points in the last few years, there have been rumors that McGregor might get his own spin-off Star Wars film, but, after the financial struggles of Solo: A Star Wars Story, it looks like Disney+ will be the home for more Kenobi adventures. Deborah Chow, a veteran TV director who directed episodes of The Mandalorian, will direct the series, which will be written by Snow White and the Huntsman screenwriter Hossein Amin. It will begin shooting in 2020.