While the streaming market couldn’t be busier right now, Disney Plus has managed to stand-out since arriving in the UK last year thanks to its impressive collection of entertaining titles.
Hugely popular originals like Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian and Marvel series WandaVision have done resoundingly well with family audiences. But Star on Disney Plus has now landed on the platform. This is a brand new tile which adds shows from Disney-owned properties like FX, 20th century Studios and ABC, there’s now even more content available.
Iconic series such as Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy come with the addition to Star, as do brand new original dramas like Big Sky. We hate to use the there’s-something-for-everyone cliche, but Disney is certainly casting a wide demographic net these days.
Here’s some of the best titles on Disney Plus for you to dig into right away, including releases on Star.
Best Disney Plus shows
OK, now you’re on Disney Plus, it’s time to start exploring the great TV shows at your fingertips. If you’re looking for film choices, check out our best Disney Plus movies because we’re concentrating on TV shows from here on in.
Another live-action series from Marvel Studios, also a sequel to Avengers: Endgame. Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reunite as Wanda Maximoff (AKA Scarlet Witch) and Paul Bettany The Vision respectively (yes, despite events in Endgame). The pair look like they’re living a dreamy, quiet suburban life in WandaVision – but beneath the rosy veneer, all is clearly not well.
This US crime drama is one of the titles included in the Star collection, with Kiefer Sutherland starring as counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer.
The Emmy-winning series, which originally aired on Fox from 2001 until 2010 (with a brief revival in 2014), follows Bauer as he attempts to stop terrorist plots, with each series covering 24 hours in the government agent’s life.
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The breakout hit for Britain’s newest streaming service, The Mandalorian is a Star Wars live-action TV series from Jon Faverau – and what is more, it is well worth your attention.
Starring Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal as the titular Mandalorian, the show is set in the Star Wars universe between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. It has plenty for hardcore fans, but is far enough removed from the Skywalker Saga that it can be enjoyed by newcomers to the franchise. Plus, if you haven’t heard already, there’s a baby Yoda, which has become one of the most talked parts of the show – inspiring memes and conversation across the internet ever since “the child” first arrived from a galaxy, far, far, away.
Season two premiered on Friday 30th October, bringing back a fan-favourite character from Star Wars lore, with new episodes set to drop weekly.
Seasons one and two of Donald Glover’s comedy-drama Atlanta are now available on Disney Plus via Star, with the Community star playing a college dropout who takes charge of his cousin’s rap career.
Starring the likes of Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield, Zazie Beetz and Kath Williams, this Emmy-winning series is a timely comedy, full of refreshing observations and eccentric plot lines.
This new drama – a high-profile original for Star – is from David E. Kelley, the creator of Big Little Lies and The Undoing. It stars Ryan Phillippe as a troubled former cop who teams up with his estranged wife (Katheryn Winnick) and a fellow private detective (Kylie Bunbury) to find two sisters who’ve been kidnapped by a truck driver in Montana.
Disney Gallery: Inside The Mandalorian
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And if you’re hungry for more Mando, Disney has also released this companion documentary series which takes you behind-the-scenes of its blockbuster sci-fi epic. Disney Gallery: Inside The Mandalorian explores every aspect of the production, from the A-list creative team behind it to the cutting-edge visual effects, as well as inspiration taken from previous instalments in the Star Wars franchise. Showrunner Jon Favreau leads roundtable discussions with other top names from the show, while footage from the set reveals exactly how the magic was made.
This iconic comedy-drama, which originally aired on ABC from 2004 to 2012, stars Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria as a group of friends living on the seemingly idyllic cul-de-sac of Wisteria Lane – however not all is as it seems.
When their neighbour Mary Alice Young suddenly takes her own life, the group begin to investigate what was really going on behind the scenes whilst discovering dark secrets much closer to home.
Once Upon a Time
This fantasy drama, which aired on ABC from 2011 until 2018, stars Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, a woman whose life is upended when the 10-year-old son she gave up for adoption as a baby tracks her down and convinces her to follow him to Storybrooke – a town populated with fairytale characters living in the real world.
With Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin), the Huntsman (Jamie Dornan), Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle), Cinderella (Dania Ramirez) and other iconic characters making an appearance, this is a perfect binge-watch for Disney fans.
If you loved Scandal and Bridgerton, long-running medical drama Grey’s Anatomy should be your next binge-watch now it’s available to stream on Disney Plus.
Starring Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy follows the medical intern as she rises up the ranks of Seattle Grace Hospital as well as the lives of her colleagues, played by stars like Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, Patrick Dempsey, Kate Walsh and Chandra Wilson among others.
How I Met Your Mother
This much-loved sitcom, which ran on CBS from 2005 to 2014, follows a group of friends living in New York City while in 2030, Ted (Josh Radnor) tells his children how he met their mother and his wife.
Starring Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan, this Emmy-winning series makes for a fun rewatch even if the show’s finale proved to be controversial among fans.
This supernatural drama may have puzzled viewers throughout its six-year run, but it made for a gripping watch, with the show following a group of plane crash survivors as they try to escape from a mysterious island.
Starring Matthew Fox, Ian Somerhalder, Evangeline Lilly and Michelle Rodriguez among others, Lost takes a sinister turn when the surviving passengers encounter various strange entities including the infamous Smoke Monster.
This much-loved mockumentary series came to an end last year after 11 seasons which followed three related families living in the Los Angeles area.
Starring the likes of Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sarah Hyland, Modern Family makes for the perfect light watch, with the outstanding cast delivering hilarious performances as one big, blended family.
If you’re after something a bit lighter than Grey’s Anatomy, then Scrubs is the medical series for you.
Starring Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke and Donald Faison as medical interns at Sacred Heart Hospital, this long-running sitcom won awards for its slapstick-style comedy, eccentric characters and heart-warming performances from a stellar cast.
Phineas and Ferb
This animated Disney Channel series follows stepbrothers Phineas (Vincent Martella) and Ferb (Thomas Sangster), who spend their summer vacation taking on an ambitious new project every day, from discovering the lost city of Atlantis to building a rollercoaster in their back garden.
Their adventures deeply annoy their older sister Candace (Ashley Tisdale), who constantly tries to get the boys in trouble, while their pet platypus Perry, who is secretly a spy, sets out to foil the plans of evil scientist Dr Doofenschmirtz.
Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has built up quite a reputation for being tough in the kitchen, but now he’s venturing outside of his own comfort zone for this extreme series. Uncharted sees him journey down into valleys, across oceans, through forests and up tall mountains, all in pursuit of exciting new flavours and dishes from around the world. Effortlessly blending cooking inspiration with globe-trotting thrills, the series has something for everyone, all the while opening a fascinating window into lesser known cultures and cuisines.
A spin-off to Disney Channel hit That’s so Raven, Raven’s Home catches up with Raven Baxter (Raven-Symoné) 10 years after the events of the original series and finds that she’s raising her 11-year-old twins Booker and Nia under the same roof as her best friend Chelsea (Anneliese van der Pol) and her 9-year-old son Levi.
While Raven hasn’t told her children about her psychic abilities, she soon discovers that her son Booker has inherited the power.
This new documentary series, which is executive produced by basketball legend LeBron James, chronicles the life stories of a range of “world-class entertainers, musicians and athletes.”
In each episode a different celebrity is profiled, with the stars heading back to their hometowns and revisiting locations that played a key part in their upbringing while a host of people close to them share memories about them.
Participating stars include Pitch Perfect star Adam Devine, players Anthony Davis and Candace Parker, actress Ashley Tisdale, Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin, , singer Colbie Caillat, dancer Julianne Hough, and TV and film star Nick Cannon, actor Nick Kroll and American footballer Rob Gronkowski.
Earth To Ned
An original series from the Jim Henson Company, Earth to Ned follows the titular blue-skinned alien, and his lieutenant, Cornelius, who are sent to scout Earth for an eventual invasion and instead become obsessed with popular culture – starting up their own chat show in the process.
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There can never be enough Kermit and Miss Piggy content as far as we’re concerned. Showbiz legends The Muppets are back with a short-form unscripted series that sees Gonzo and friends up to all sorts. The gang meet with celebrities, host cookery segments and even throw in a game show item too. The Muppets have full licence to be their anarchic, hilarious selves and that’s alright by us. The first episode features RuPaul, while the next sees Miss Piggy on a get-fit drive.
Marvel’s Agent Carter gifted audiences some truly terrific adventures through its two-season run. It follows Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), the titular 1940s secret agent for New York City’s Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR).
Not only does it deliver explosive action, but viewers also get a closer look at some of the MCU’s most interesting characters. These include Tony Stark’s father Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) and inspiration for Iron Man’s AI Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy). Plus, select episodes also revolve around the mysterious “Red Room” that’s central to the Black Widow programme.
Even better, with only 18 episodes in total, it’s a story you can get through in several binges.
One of the most famous families in the world are one of the highlights of Disney Plus’s catalogue, with 30, yes you read that correctly, 30, full seasons of the fantastic animated show available in their entirety right now. Plus, The Simpsons special is now available to stream.
Over three decades Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa have become central to the lives of many generations of TV viewers and have certainly been on a lot of adventures along the way – and seen some pretty serious stars join them in Simpsons cameos from Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger to Stephen Hawking and Johnny Cash.
Depending on how old you are and when you started watching the show, everyone has a different era that they love, but one thing is for sure, if you’re looking for a laugh and some light relief from the real world, Springfield is definitely a go-to place for many. So why not indulge yourself and go back through the back catalogue to enjoy old favourites and discover new episodes that you never knew existed.
Here’s our list of the best Simpsons episodes to get you started.
Playdate with Destiny
Adorable. That’s the best way to describe this special film from The Simpsons. It may be short, but, to be fair, so is its main character: the Springfield-set story focuses on Maggie Simpson, the youngest member of everyone’s favourite yellow family.
Originally played in cinemas before screenings of Onwards (by Pixar, which, like Simpsons studio 20th Century Fox, is owned by Disney), the special sees Maggie saved from a playground disaster by a heroic baby.
“After a blissful first playdate, Maggie can’t wait to see her new baby beau again the following day, but things don’t go exactly as planned,” a synopsis reads. “Will fate (or Homer) get in her way?”
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
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We met up with Hollywood royalty Jeff Goldblum recently to have a chat about his new show and play a game called ‘According To’ – it gave us a little insight into the way the Jurassic Park star thinks. But if you really want to delve into the mind of Jeff Goldblum, this is the show for you. Don’t expect to fully comprehend the way this legend’s brain ticks over though – it’s a deliciously unique way of seeing the world.
The quirky and upbeat Hollywood star clearly enjoys every second of his documentary series, which see the actor deep diving into all the important things in life: we’re talking coffee, video games, trainers and ice cream. You’ll never look at a cornetto in the same way again after hearing Jeff’s unique hot take…
So come with Jeff on a journey of discovery in this hugely enjoyable show that will send your mind off in a million different directions.
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The Good Place star Kristen Bell presents this genius reality show, which aims to reunite the casts of real life American high school musicals for one last performance. So imagine you played Rizzo in a slightly embarrassing sixth form production of Grease, and then Disney Plus knocks on your door asking if you’d like to reprise the role – that’s exactly what’s happening here, and we’re amazed how many of them are keen to get back on the stage! It makes for great entertainment though.
The personal stories are really heart-warming – people who have been dealt cruel knocks in life and have been forced to give up their hopes of a singing career get the chance to be in the spotlight one more time and it’s a moment to cherish. But it’s no mean feat getting amateurs ready for a big performance – will they remember the steps? Are their voices up to the challenge? At least Kristen has tonnes of Broadway experience to share with them.
Toy Story: Forky Asks a Question
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The break-out superstar of Toy Story 4, Forky has been given his own show and it’s a total delight. In case you missed the film, Forky is Bonnie’s favourite toy, the homemade friend who upstaged Woody and stole everyone’s hearts. No mean feat when you have a spork body, pipecleaner arms and stick-on eyes.
The 10-part series of shorts has a very simple premise: Forky poses the questions that have been playing on his mind, ranging from the hilarious ‘What is Cheese?’ to the much-debated ‘What is Art?’ and the deep and meaningful ‘What is Time?’. If your child has asked you one of these questions recently it might be a relief to let Forky try to get the answer for them! Also featuring other Toy Story favourites like Rex and Hamm, the show is a welcome burst of joy in your day.
We just hope the fame doesn’t go to Forky’s weirdly shaped head…
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Star Wars fans already feel like it’s Christmas since Disney Plus launched, with The Mandalorian streaming (we heart Baby Yoda) and most of the films available to re-watch on the platform. But it doesn’t stop there – 2008 series Star Wars Clone Wars also offers answers for anyone who ever wondered what happened between Star Wars Episode II and Episode III.
This animated addition to the space saga takes us right back there, delving into the story of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and more Jedi knights as they battle the evil Count Dooku and General Grievous. The series is also a great entry point for kids, an accessible way into the saga with new characters and stand-alone episodes to enjoy.
Despite attempts to wind down production in 2012, the show’s massive fan following means there are a lot of people keen to keep it on air – Netflix resurrected the show for one series in 2014, before Disney Plus ordered a seventh season for this year.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
Granted, the name is long-winded. But it’s deliberately tongue in cheek because the show itself is fairly high-concept.
You remember High School Musical, the film that launched Zac Efron’s career and gave us the song ‘We’re All in this Together’? It was like Grease for a new generation. Well, this fun mockumentary-style spin-off series takes us back to the original school where the film was shot, East High. The students there have never staged their own version of the musical, despite their close association with the film. Their drama teacher thinks this is a travesty, so auditions begin for the show… Who will get the parts and how will romances, rivalries and real life affect the production?
The important thing to get your head around is that this is fictional, even though it’s presented as a documentary – so the students are really actors and the show is scripted. Once you’ve sussed that, it’s quite fun!
Marvel’s Hero Project
This isn’t another group of fantasy comic book heroes for you to meet, instead Marvel is stepping into the real world to meet some of the young people making a difference – modern-day, real-life superheroes.
That might sound a bit twee, but this 20-part series is genuinely humbling and inspiring, from ‘Unstoppable Adonis’, the boy who won’t let his blindness stop him from becoming a top flight football player, to ‘Mighty Rebekah’, the 12-year old fighting for LGBTQ equality. These children won’t be held back by their age and they all want to prove that children have a powerful voice which, if used to its full capabilities, really can change the world. Not only is Marvel celebrating their stories, they are also turning each of the children into a Marvel hero with their own comic book, created by the company’s top editors. One of the best parts of the show is watching these brilliant kids’ faces as the surprise comics are revealed…
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
A spin-off from the main Marvel movies, this series sees Clark Gregg reprising his role as Phil Coulson, an agent of organisation SHIELD (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division). Its mission? To investigate bizarre events and super-human sightings – this is a peace-keeping agency concentrating on surveillance while superheroes are saving lives around the world.
Season one follows Coulson (who previously died in The Avengers but is resurrected, are you keeping up?) as he assembles his special team of top agents to quietly investigate some weird goings-on. Alongside him is Skye, an inhuman agent who can create earthquakes, weapons expert Fitz, ace pilot May and black ops specialist Ward. You don’t need to have watched the movies to get into this series, but as with all things Marvel there are references that will reward loyal fans.
Six series have aired so far, with a seventh and final season premiering in November.
The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
Before you ask, no, this cartoon isn’t set in the MCU. Focusing on the original Avengers team from the comics (Iron Man, Giant-Man, Hulk, Thor, and Wasp, who are later joined by the likes of Captain America and Black Panther), this animated series sees the superheroes team up to fight various supervillains and other threats in order to protect Earth. The series kicks off with 75 of the world’s most dangerous baddies being released at the same time – a nightmare day at the office for our heroes, but great fun for us as viewers.
Obviously this series doesn’t quite have the star power of the films, which starred Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and endless other Hollywood legends, but in the absence of more movie sequels this is a supremely entertaining series, which unsurprisingly was also accompanied by its own comic book. It only lasted two seasons before being replaced by Avengers Assemble, so it won’t take you long to catch up.
Pick of The Litter
Puppies. If you like them, you’re going to love this series, which follows a litter of six adorable doggies as they try to become certified guide dogs.
It’s as cute as it sounds, but it’s not all belly rubs and walkies. The criteria to become a guide dog are unbelievably strict, with good reason, and the families who have taken the pups in have to work incredibly hard with them. A guide dog needs to be completely reliable, difficult to distract and absolutely obedient – anybody who has spent an afternoon with a young puppy will know how tricky that is to achieve! There’s no guarantee that any of these six dogs will complete their training successfully, but you find yourself willing them on every step of the way.
By the way, if you think you’ve already seen this show on Netflix you haven’t – Netflix has the film, Pick of the Litter, which inspired the Disney Plus TV series of the same name. If you enjoyed the film, you definitely don’t want to miss the TV version, which is the same idea, just following a brand new litter of gorgeous pups.
The Imagineering Story
When you visit Disney World you want the experience to be breath-taking and utterly magical. After all, that’s why people save up to go, not just to meet Mickey Mouse and the Disney princesses, but to explore a place like no other.
Of course, a lot of effort goes into creating such an effortlessly wondrous world. Step forward the Disney Imagineers (that’s genuinely what they call their engineers, literally everything has fairy dust sprinkled over it at Disney!).
This is a rare opportunity to have a look behind the scenes and discover a few secrets too, as Walt Disney Imagineering throws its doors open. They are giving us an Access All Areas pass to see the incredible workshops where the rides are conceived, designed and tested, and it’s amazing. The series looks into how the company has developed theme park rides and attractions all over the world and while the show is clearly a big advert, we have to say it’s a completely fascinating insight too. So much thought, love and care goes into even the simplest little things.
Pixar: In Real Life
Some hidden camera shows can be a bit mean-spirited, but this is the most gloriously feelgood, well-intentioned prank series we have ever seen. The idea is that characters from the Pixar world are unleashed onto the streets of New York, making ordinary people do a double take and wonder what on earth is going on – it certainly would make you look up from your phone if you spotted Woody from Toy Story, wouldn’t it?
Imagine you’re wandering through the park and suddenly you stumble across the console to Inside Out. Or you’re at the aquarium and spot Hank the octopus trying to make an escape. While the adults are amused by these scenarios, children completely buy into them and it’s hilarious watching their faces as the drama unfolds. Our favourite episode is Wall-E’s as he gets some funny looks roaming the streets of New York, not least of all from an intrigued French Bulldog!
David Tennant has played some impressively high-profile roles in his time, from the Doctor to Hamlet, but admits he felt real pressure when it came to starring in a reboot of this beloved 1980s cartoon! The show is so important and nostalgic to so many, he didn’t want to mess it up.
David voices Scrooge McDuck, the estranged uncle of Donald Duck. The pair decide to get back in touch and before too long Scrooge finds himself babysitting his nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie once again. Childcare and building bridges, all in one day! Delighted to be back in the family fold, Scrooge then goes one step further, inviting the four of them to move in with him, which is where the adventures really begin.
The cast needn’t have worried about how fans would react – the comeback went down a storm, with two seasons already available and a third on its way. If you fancy reliving the magic of one of the best Disney kids’ shows, we thoroughly recommend this fun series.
Diary of a Future President
Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez produces and appears in this family comedy about a 12 year-old girl who will one day grow up to be the President of the USA. Gina plays the grown up Elena, who discovers her old diary one day in the White House and starts to reminisce about her childhood. Of course, even great leaders had to face school rivalries, growing pains, and embarrassing teenage moments, all of which we go back and experience with Elena as she reads out her musings. We don’t see much of Gina after that, this is really the story of a little girl and the early days of her ambition, when she starts dreaming of America’s top job.
While Elena does face tough moments, like learning to accept her mum’s new partner, this is an angst-free, fun childhood adventure celebrating family and friendship. Sweet, inspiring and lovely to watch, it’s perfect viewing for the younger members of your family – or watch it together as there are a few jokes in there for the adults too.
Be Our Chef
A couple of confusing things about this cooking competition. Firstly, despite the name sounding quite a lot like the song ‘Be our Guest’ from Beauty and the Beast, the show has nothing to do with Lumiere the singing candlestick. Immediately disappointing. Also, the series is hosted by Angela Kinsey, best known for her role in the US version of The Office, which, if you watched that show, might feel like quite an unexpected signing.
Once you’ve got your head round all that, this series is good fun, albeit a little saccharine. Five families compete, cooking dishes inspired by Disney movies and characters, which will then be judged by Disney chefs. There’s an amazing prize on offer too, as the winning family will have their dish served at, you guessed it, Alton Towers! We’re joking of course, it will be available to order at Disney World resorts. Which families will shine and which will end up with egg on their faces?
Gravity Falls in Oregon isn’t somewhere you’d like to go on holiday. The bleak, creepy (and often hilarious) resort is described in the trailer as ‘a mysterious town just north of normal where the unexplained will stay explained… or will it?’, which gives you a flavour of the place!
Dipper Pines (voiced by Jason Ritter) heads to Gravity Falls with his twin sister Mabel to visit their great uncle, Stan for the summer. However they instantly get the feeling something’s not right in this strange town, and with supernatural forces and strange creatures round every corner, it won’t be too long before they encounter something mysterious. These being cartoon kids they’re not easily scared – instead of running away they start their own investigations.
Alex Hirsch, who created the series, cites The Simpsons as a major inspiration, for showing him that animation wasn’t purely for kids and says the show was inspired by his own summer holidays with his twin.
That’s So Raven
Not a million miles away from Sabrina The Teenage Witch, this supernatural sitcom follows Raven Baxter, a teenager with psychic powers, who gets glimpses of her future, which she uses to get herself into and out of trouble! The problem is, although she can see forward in time she never gets the full picture and can’t ever seem to correctly interpret the things she is seeing. Hilarity ensues…
Raven’s not just defined by her visions though – she has a big personality, loves fashion and even designs clothes herself. She also has all of the usual teen problems to deal with, including annoying younger brother, Cory, and great friends to hang out with, especially Eddie and Chels.
This show has been hugely popular on the Disney Channel, running for four seasons and becoming the first show on the channel to reach 100 episodes. It is now available on Disney Plus for the whole family to enjoy.
The first thing to figure out is that this isn’t a series that teaches you how to shop (we’re well versed in retail therapy already, thanks very much). In America ‘shop class’ is the term school kids use to refer to their woodwork lessons – so think less jostling in queues, more jigsawing planks of wood.
This fun series, hosted by actor Justin Long, welcomes 18 teams of three young builders, each of whom is assigned a teacher (health and safety!). Across eight rounds they grab their tools and build incredible creations from scratch in an attempt to be named champions. We’re not just talking about knocking up some photo frames or placemats though, oh no, this programme is on a much bigger scale – toy cars, mini golf courses and even bridges are all on the to-do list. Who knows, it might even inspire you to get your screwdriver set out and finally get some DIY done.
TV shows and movies coming soon to Disney Plus
Marvel shows on Disney Plus
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
This live-action series from Marvel Studios will see Anthony Mackie return as Sam Wilson aka Falcon, while Sebastian Stan reprises his role as Winter Soldier. They are joined by a strong supporting cast of Daniel Bruehl, Emily VanCamp and Wyatt Russell to name a few. Set in the MCU, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier picks up after the events of Avengers: Endgame when Sam is handed the responsibility of taking on Captain America’s legacy. Coming 2021
Yay, Tom Hiddleston is back! His Marvel character, Loki is getting his own MCU TV spin-off and we can’t wait to see it. Picking up after Avengers: Endgame, the series sees Loki using the Tesseract to travel through time, messing with human history as he goes. Most information about this show is being kept under wraps right now, but we can also tell you that Owen Wilson is in the cast, along with British rising star Sophia Di Martino. Richard E. Grant has signed up for a guest role. Coming 2021
Marvel’s What If…?
Marvel’s What If is Marvel Studios first animated series since becoming their own production company, and it takes inspiration from the comic books of the same name. According to Disney, “each episode will explore a pivotal moment from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and turn it on its head, leading the audience into uncharted territory.” So we’re exploring alternate universes and discovering what the consequences may have been if things had turned out just a little differently. Exciting stuff. Coming 2021
Marvel’s first Muslim superhero, Ms Marvel is getting her own Disney Plus series. Written by Bisha K Ali (of Hulu’s Four Weddings and a Funeral TV series), the series will focus on a Pakistani-American teenager named Kamela Kahn. Hailing from a religious family in New Jersey, she has the power of polymorphy – i.e. the ability to stretch and change shape. Kamela Khan is a devoted fangirl of Captain Marvel and hopes to follow her example. Coming late 2021 / early 2022
Having made her debut back in February 1980 in Stan Lee and John Buscema’s Marvel comic Savage She-Hulk #1, this character is a lawyer and a cousin of Bruce Banner who got an emergency blood transfusion from him – a life-saving procedure which left her with Hulk-life qualities, transforming her into She-Hulk. Coming 2022
Bow and arrows are undeniably cool. Look at Robin Hood, check out Legolas Greenleaf. Now the expert archer in the Avengers crew will return in his own TV series, once again played by Jeremy Renner. Set after the events of Avengers: Endgame, the Hawkeye series is set to feature character Kate Bishop who becomes Hawkeye’s successor. It is still unclear who will play Kate Bishop, but according to rumours Pitch Perfect star Hailee Steinfeld is in the frame.
Moon Knight, aka Marc Spector, is a former CIA agent whose life was saved by the Moon God Khonshu. After Marc killed his terrorist nemesis Bushman, he became “Moon Knight”. There are no casting details available for this show yet but apparently producers are looking for a ‘Zac Efron type’ for the lead role.
This is one for the hardcore Marvel fans. Marvel’s 616 is a documentary series that will delve into the cultural impact of Marvel comics, exploring the universe and its characters in greater detail.
Star Wars shows on Disney Plus
Untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi series
Ewan McGregor is back! Yes, after a long wait and many years of ‘we’ll see’, it’s finally happening: Ewan will reprise his role as the Jedi in an Obi-Wan Kenobi series set between Star Wars Episodes III and IV. We’re likely to see the character still reeling from the events of Revenge of the Sith.
Untitled Cassian Andor Star Wars series
The untitled Cassian Andor series starring Rogue One’s Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk (droid K-2SO) will be coming to Disney Plus. All we know is that it’s ‘a new spy series inspired by Rogue One’ so there’s not much more we can tell you yet. Except that we’re excited.
Pixar series and short films on Disney Plus
Monsters At Work
We’re thrilled there’s going to be more Sully and Mike on our screens, one of the best double acts in the biz. This Pixar series picks up six months after the end of the original Monsters Inc film, with John Goodman and Billy Crystal returning to voice our two heroes. It is set to premiere in 2020.
Toy Story: Lamp Life
If Marvel’s superheroes all get an origin story, then Toy Story’s kickass queen Bo Peep deserves one too. Sure enough, she is getting her very own Pixar short, Lamp Life, which looks into her back story and reveals the adventures she had between Toy Story 3 and 4, when she was separated from Woody.
This experimental collection of short films from Pixar is a real pick n mix selection of fantastic shorts, each one packed with the studio’s heart-warming glow. They are the result of an initiative by the company to allow employees six months and a small budget to make their own independent pieces and explore their creativity. SparkShorts will start streaming this month on Disney Plus.
Documentaries on Disney Plus
Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2
Imagine being responsible for making a follow up to Frozen, one of the most successful films of the century. That’s pressure! This documentary goes behind the scenes, showing ‘the hard work and imagination’ that has gone into making Frozen 2, in an attempt to live up to the hype of its predecessor while also being brilliant in its own right. Fascinating interviews with cast and crew will shed light on the creative process.
Magic of the Animal Kingdom
Disney continues to welcome us behind the scenes at their resorts. Following Disney Fairytale Weddings and The Imagineering Story, National Geographic is taking us behind closed doors at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We meet highly respected animal-care experts, veterinarians and biologists at Epcot’s SeaBase aquarium to discover the work that goes into looking after the animals. Plus we’ll get to see a lot of cute, fluffy faces too.