Talk about the best in business and the name of Disney comes to mind. While previously attached to the material just for kids, Disney has evolved greatly over the years. It has grown extra limbs with which it keeps in touch with all forms of entertainment. It is not just the place of fairy-tales anymore. It has its own universe of superheroes and warriors. It has reinvented its own stories and continues to surprise fans with its new ventures every couple of years. Its latest investment comes in the form of a standalone streaming service Disney+, which has already created much anticipation by releasing a list of TV series and movies that everyone looks forward to.
If Disney movies are the dream for you, then the release of its own streaming service, Disney+, is a boon! This service will give you unprecedented access to everything that Disney has ever made under its banner. From its classic films to the most recent ones, from the TV shows that you grew up with to the series that you can watch as a grown-up, the sheer amount of content available on it is overwhelmingly great. But, that’s not the end of it. Disney has some new material on the line, some very interesting films and highly anticipated TV shows. It’s will be interesting to see whether all the Disney Plus shows will be available on Disney Channel. We know that vice-versa, i.e. Disney Channel shows on Disney Plus, is definitely happening.
Anyway, if you are a fan of Dinsey, then it’s your turn to get excited. Here is the list of the upcoming new shows coming out on Disney Plus and Disney Channel in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that these latest Disney shows are as good as some of the recent series it has produced in the past. The list includes Disney Junior and Disney XD shows.
17. Secret Society of Second Born Royals (2020)
Have you ever wondered what the life of a royal would be like? If you think you have found the answer to it after watching numerous films and TV shows about them and have had enough of it, then Disney has something new for you. A normal royal might be boring for you now, but what about a royal with superpowers? Now that I have your attention, this upcoming Disney show follows the story of a teenager who is second in line to the throne, her mother currently serving as the Queen. What’s interesting is that she has superpowers and when she is sent to a new school, she discovers that she is not alone. There are other second-borns with superpowers and this is a special school, just for them.
16. What If…? (2021)
One of the most recurring questions in existence is “what if?”. We ponder upon the what-ifs of our real lives, and we also consider the possibilities that come with the what-ifs of the stories that we read, or hear, or see. In any story, certain events are key points that drive their story. The storyteller has to play god here, which way should the story go and what would it mean for the characters? Similar decisions were made while telling the stories of the superheroes in Marvel comics. The ‘What If’ series of comics gives you an alternate version of how things like major fights between heroes and villains, the deaths of characters, the assembling of teams with or without certain superheroes would have been like. Disney has decided to turn this into an animated series which is set to premiere of Disney+.
15. Love, Simon Series (2020)
Last year’s ‘Love, Simon’ is one of the mandatory films of the year. It might not have been Oscar worthy or didn’t gather buzz in any award shows, but that doesn’t reduce the relevance and the goodness of this film. Based on Becky Albertalli’s novel, ‘Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda’, it follows the story of a teenager named Simon Spier. Simon begins his story by telling you that is normal, and once you view his life in a nutshell, you see that he couldn’t have been any different than a regular teenager. However, Simon has a secret. He is a closeted gay and no one, not his family neither his friends, knows about him. This makes it impossible for him to talk about his feelings with someone. And that’s when he discovers the secret identity of another gay in their class. Simon begins to chat with him, not knowing his true identity and wonders what the best course of action would be now- to find this secret person, to come out to the world.
‘Love, Simon’ became an instant hit because it presented the story of gay teenagers from a fresh angle. There were no stereotypes associated here, just a normal guy telling his normal love story, waiting for his happily ever after. If there is one thing that can give you the best happily ever after, it is Disney. A series has been picked up, the material for which comes from Albertalli’s novels. However, whether it will start over and add more material to Simon’s story, or will it focus on the sequel of the novel which follows Leah’s story is yet to be determined.
14. Hawkeye Series (2021)
The latest Marvel character to have received their own series is none other than one of the original Avengers, Hawkeye. Ever since the Avengers assembled for the first time in 2012’s film, people have been asking when Black Widow and Hawkeye will receive their own standalone films. More than a decade later, here we are, with a Widow film is works and Barton, the underrated Avenger, finally getting the limelight he deserves. Jeremy Renner is confirmed to return with his bow and arrow. How it will fit into the timeline of the current Avenger-verse is yet to be declared. I guess, things will become clearer when ‘Avengers: Endgame’ finally hits the theatre this month.
Despite this good news, Renner’s fans might have to prepare themselves for it not really being the story about Clint Barton. We know that he will play some role in it, but will he be the protagonist of this story? Can’t say for sure. The reason for this is the existence of Kate Bishop, who hasn’t yet appeared in the films but is quite a significant character in the comics. Who knows, with all the new faces set to make an appearance, maybe she’ll be introduced in ‘Endgame’.
13. The Owl House (2020)
For some people, it is hard to find a place where they belong in this world. Something seems off to them and they somehow know that they are either in the wrong era or in the wrong world. Luz feels the same, but that could have much to do with her teenage years. When she accidentally finds a way to enter the Demon Realm, she realises that she wasn’t made for the human world in the first place. She befriends a witch and become her apprentice to learn the magic from her, even though when she innately doesn’t have the power. The series has been created by Dana Terrace, who is known for her work in animated series like ‘Gravity Falls’, ‘Duck Tales’, ‘Tangled: The Series’.
12. The Mighty Ducks (2020)
‘The Mighty Ducks’ was a trilogy that followed the story of the members of an ice-hockey team. The films starred Emilio Estevez as Gordon Bombay, a former star of ice-hockey who had resigned from his career following a humiliating defeat. Fate brought him back to the sport when he was sentenced for community service after he was caught for drunk driving. His new team has been a loser all along. It has never won a game and its biggest accomplishment has been its least bad defeat. The film starred Joshua Jackson as Charlie Conway, the boy who becomes the star player of the team. The film received a lot of popularity, inspiring an animated series, and is now receiving a live-action reimagination by Disney. The show is still in the developmental stage and the cast hasn’t been finalised yet.
11. Vikingskool (2019)
This animated series will follow the adventures of three young Vikings who join the Viking school, something that they have to survive in order to prove their worth as a warrior, after being vigorously taught how to become one. Erik, Ylva and Ani will be at the centre of this story. The young students are full of confidence and are sure that they have what it takes to emerge victorious on the other end. However, there are other qualities they need to inculcate in themselves and their misadventures will give them ample opportunity to do so. The series will be presented by Cartoon Saloon, the studio responsible for films like ‘The Breadwinner’.
10. Diary of a Female President (2020)
America might have shown its progress on a lot of fronts, but there is still one thing where it is still behind. The last presidential elections in America showed that the country has still not accepted the idea of a woman leading their country. However, it didn’t stop the creators of this new show to explore the possibilities of such an event. Ilana Peña is best-known for her work in CW’s musical comedy, ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.’ She has also been a part of shows like ‘Reign’ and ‘The Hunt with John Walsh’. Her latest venture comes in the form of ‘Diary of a Female President’. The series will focus on the story of a young Cuban-American girl who jots down her daily experiences in her journal. She survives the journey through school, as the position of the President of the United States waits for her in the future. Gina Rodriguez (‘Jane the Virgin’, ‘Annihilation’) and Emily Gipson will executive produce the series alongside Peña.
9. High Fidelity (TBA)
Based on the book of the same name by Nick Hornby, this series will present the story with a fresh perspective. A film adaptation had been made of the book in 2000 that starred John Cusack as Rob Gordon, a man who loves music and seems very obsessed with making the Top Five list of anything related to it, exhibiting his encyclopaedic knowledge on the matter. The taste and passion that he shows for music, he lacks in relationships. His latest failed relationship forces him to ponder upon his inability to form strong connections with anyone. The film was a critical and commercial success, and Disney has picked up a series of ten episodes that will retell this story. The difference will be that the protagonist will be a woman. Zoë Kravitz, who was last seen in HBO’s hit series ‘Big Little Lies’ has been cast in the leading role.
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8. High School Musical: The Musical (November 12, 2019)
Disney’ romantic comedy ‘High School Musical’ followed the story of a group of high school students who try to find a balance between their passion for music and other ventures. The story focused on Zac Efron’s Troy Bolton and Vanessa Hudgens’ Gabriella Montez. The first two films were released as TV movies, but by the time the third film was made, the films had gained immense popularity, which encouraged the production house to give it a theatrical release. Further, the series continued to inspire spin-offs and remakes. A reimagining of the series was announced in the form of ‘High School Musical: The Musical’ which has begun production. The casting involves new names, as the show will feature new characters, new storyline and fresh music, in addition to some tunes that fans will find quite familiar.
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7. Wanda Vision TV Series (2021)
This upcoming show will focus on the adventure and romance of Paul Bettany’s Vision and Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch. The last we saw of them Wanda had been turned to dust, like half of the rest of the universe, while Vision was left with, well, a crushed forehead! Not that it’s any surprise now, both of them will be back in one piece by the end of April and they might want a reprieve from all the pressure that comes with being the part of Avengers. The series will give them an isolated story and will focus on the storyline of the comics, ‘The Vision and the Scarlet Witch’.
6. Monsters, Inc. (TBA)
It was almost two decades ago that ‘Monsters, Inc.’ was released. The film became an instant favourite and in 2013, its prequel, titled, ‘Monsters University’ was released. A series is in works now that will further explore the universe of the monsters. Both the films introduced the audience to a world which exclusively belongs to monsters of all kinds. These monsters have proper lives, regular jobs and the daily struggles that every normal human being can relate to. One of the most important and highly valued jobs amongst them is the job of scaring humans. With special doors, they enter the world of humans, especially targeting children, and try to procure the sharpest of shrieks from them, something that generates an energy that is stored in devices. The protagonists of these stories are Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan, an odd pair that accepts the struggle to prove themselves.
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5. Falcon and Winter Soldier Series (2020)
‘Captain America’ series has been a very important part in giving steps to Marvel on which it further elevated its universe. Just as the ‘Avengers’ series took the number of superheroes a notch higher with every instalment, something similar happened with ‘Captain America’. With every film, it introduced us to new characters that became a pivotal part of the bigger universe. The characters of Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes have proved to be the closest allies of Steve Rogers, and while both of their fates hang in balance until the release of ‘Avengers: Endgame’, their fans have something to be happy about. Marvel and Disney have announced a couple of series of the characters that have for long deserved their standalone films but couldn’t because of the precedence some other characters demanded. Exactly what turn the story will take here is yet to be seen, but considering that the reins are in the hands of people who have closely worked on the film series, especially the producer, Kevin Feige, expectations should be higher for this venture.
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4. Rogue One Prequel Series (TBA)
Cassian Andor, portrayed by Diego Luna in ‘Rogue One’, will be the centre of this series that will focus on his life before the events of the film. We got an overall gist of his character in the film which paved a solid ground for another story. Having served in the Rebellion since he was a child, Andor proves himself to be a resourceful man and a very likeable character. Andor’s fate and that of Jyn Erso was sealed by the time the writing process was complete, but there were many things about Andor’s past that were left unexplored. A bit more waiting and soon will get to know more about his adventurous past.
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3. Book of Enchantment (2020)
Disney had adapted many stories of cultures from all over the world. Be it ‘Aladdin’ from ‘The Arabian Nights’, or ‘Mulan’ from Chinese folklore, Disney has never hesitated from crossing the borders in the search of a new fairy-tale. These stories have further inspired writers and filmmakers to offer their own perspectives to the story, trying to show them through a different lens. Serena Valentino wrote a series of novels that focused on the stories of the villains. The Evil Queen, the Beast, Ursula the Sea Witch, Maleficent and Mother Gothel have been the protagonists of her stories. The novels were published with Disney’s blessing, by Disney Press. And now, they have decided to make a series of it. The project is still in early stages with the script being developed for it, but the series has received an official confirmation.
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2. Loki TV Series (2021)
One of the biggest stab-in-the-heart for the fans was the death of Loki in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. Tom Hiddleston’s anti-hero quickly rose through the ranks of the audience’s favouritism, and even though he seemed pretty dead in the last film, fans have been speculating the role Loki might play in the upcoming ‘Endgame’. On top of that, Marvel announced a series that would focus on Loki’s story. How exactly it would play out is still speculation, which might gain a firmer ground after we’ve witnessed the events of the next film. In any case, all and any prospects are good enough for the fans. However, we must brace ourselves for any shocking revelations. Even though there can be no Loki without Tom Hiddleston, his indulgence in the project hasn’t yet been confirmed.
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1. The Mandalorian (November 12, 2019)
The third and the most anticipated series of ‘The Star Wars’ world, ‘The Mandalorian’ will be set somewhere between the events of ‘Return of the Jedi’ and ‘The Force Awakens’. The word Mandalorian in ‘The Star Wars’ universe refers to the people fearless bounty hunters who come from the planet Mandalore. Names like Pedro Pascal (‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Narcos’), Gina Carano (‘Fast and Furious 6’, ‘Deadpool’), Carl Weathers (‘Rocky’, ‘Predator’) and Giancarlo Esposito (‘Breaking Bad’, ‘Better Call Saul’, ‘Dear White People’) have already been attached to the series, though their parts in the series are still unclear. The task of writing the series has been given to Jon Favreau, who has served Disney pretty impressively in recent years. His success with the ‘Iron Man’ series and the live-action adaptation of ‘The Jungle Book’ has earned him a repertoire, with the expectations even higher for the upcoming ‘The Lion King’. Favreau will also executive produce the series along with Dave Filoni (who has also worked in ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’), Kathleen Kennedy (known for the ‘Jurassic Park’ franchise) and Colin Wilson (known for ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’, ‘Troy’, ‘War of the Worlds’).
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