Disney Plus Day recap — Obi-Wan, Ms Marvel, X-Men and more
Disney Plus celebrates its 2nd anniversary with a day full of new movie releases, Marvel trailers and Pixar sneak peeks
Happy Disney Plus Day! Our long wait has been rewarded with Disney Plus Day treats. The streaming service celebrated its second anniversary by giving fans new movie releases, Pixar and Marvel specials, and trailers and sneak peeks of upcoming shows like Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ms. Marvel.
The main Disney Plus Day schedule kicked off 9 a.m. ET / 6 a.m. PT, though a bunch of new releases dropped at 3 a.m. ET. Among them were the streaming premiere of Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which will now be free to stream for subscribers. So if you still don't have the service, now is the time to sign up. Plus, a very rare, limited-time Disney Plus deal has slashed the price for the first month to just $1.99 (opens in new tab)!
The day also brought deals and discounts on toys, books and merchandise. There are also special surprise screenings of Disney movies at select AMC Theaters, and subscribers also get the perk of early entry into Disney's theme parks.
Keep up with all the House of Mouse goodies with our Disney Plus Day live blog. We'll share the latest trailers and exclusives as they drop.
Welcome to our Disney Plus Day live blog. We'll be updating this page regularly with all the news as it happens, so check back to see what's been announced.
The first thing we're excited for is the expected arrival of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on Disney Plus.
This will be a big deal for anyone who didn't get to see Shang-Chi in theaters. The movie, starring Simu Liu as the MCU's first Asian superhero, was a massive hit when it came out on the big screen in September. In fact, TG writer Rory Mellon said Shang-Chi reignited his passion for the MCU. (opens in new tab)
And, as expected, Disney just added a whole bunch of content as we hit 8 a.m. GMT. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is one of the new additions. You can watch it now, in either a widescreen or IMAX Enhanced version, which brings with it an expanded aspect ratio.
So what else has been added to the service in celebration of Disney Plus Day? Well, another massive new release is Jungle Cruise, a fantasy adventure film based on the theme park attraction and starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. Check out the official trailer below or just head on to Disney Plus now and start watching.
And there's more. Plenty more in fact. For instance, you also get Home Sweet Home Alone, a Disney Plus Original movie that reimagines the popular holiday franchise. That's available on the service now and we suspect plenty of families will watch it this weekend.
Another family favorite will be Olaf Presents, an all-new original series of shorts featuring Frozen’s beloved snowman. There are five in total, each one running 4 minutes long and we suspect kids will be glued to them this holiday season.
What else? Well we already knew about The Simpsons in Plusaversary, a new short in which, according to the press release, “'The Simpsons' host a Disney+ Day party and everyone is on the list… except Homer. With friends from across the service and music fit for a Disney princess, Plusaversary is Springfield’s event of the year." We've not watched it yet ourselves, but we'll be doing so later.
Of course there's more to Disney Plus than Disney and Marvel. The House of Mouse also owns National Geographic, the makers of the whimsical documentary series 'The World According to Jeff Goldblum'. Season 2 landed this morning, and it's so delightful you can't afford to miss it.
Don't forget, Disney Plus is currently offering a month's subscription for just $1.99 (or £1.99 in the U.K.), and Disney is very keen to emphasize that fact. It even put together a handy little infographic showing us some of the new content you can watch when you sign up.
Disney has been pulling out all the stops to get people excited for Disney Plus Day, which is why they sent us this nifty pin of everyone's favorite alligator anti-hero. I wonder if there are any other variants out there?
A now deleted tweet (opens in new tab) from Disney Plus's UK Twitter account promises great things for Disney Plus Day, including some "exciting announcements". What could those announcements be exactly? We're still hoping for some news about the upcoming Marvel and Star Wars series, and maybe a trailer or two.
Sadly the video that was tweeted out was little more than a sizzle reel, and didn't reveal any of the secrets yet to come.
Concept art for the upcoming Obi Wan Kenobi series has popped up online, along with a leaked behind the scenes video that has already been purged from the likes of YouTube. Here's hoping that this means Disney will officially release that video as part of its Disney Plus Day celebrations, because this art is getting us seriously hyped.
The first official concept art of Darth Vader in #ObiWanKenobi! 😱 pic.twitter.com/qqOYNzExeuNovember 11, 2021
The U.S. is waking up now and Disney Plus' Twitter has sprung into life. There's nothing in the tweet below we didn't already know, but it confirms that there'll be Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars news.
We couldn’t sleep last night for obvious reasons. TODAY = #DISNEYPLUSDAY 🎈🥳🎁🌟💙 Get ready for exciting announcements and exclusive premieres from @Disney, @Pixar, @Marvel, @StarWars, @NatGeo, and more. pic.twitter.com/jVOUfELU4uNovember 12, 2021
As we approach 9 a.m. ET, when the Disney Plus Day festivities kick into high gear, let's talk about the top five things we hope to see drop throughout the day:
Obi-Wan Kenobi teaser: This leaked online yesterday, so it's safe to say we'll see it at some point. No footage, but it features concept art and plot details. And Ewan McGregor teases another lightsaber duel between Obi-Wan and Hayden Christensen's Darth Vader!
Ms. Marvel trailer: Marvel already released a teaser about the next series on deck after Hawkeye, but we'd like to get a fuller picture of what to expect from Kamala Khan's adventures.
Star Wars: Andor teaser: Earlier this week, Disney's CFO confirmed that Ms. Marvel and the prequel Andor will be released in the July-September 2022 timeframe. Fans have already glimpsed some of the action in a sizzle reel unveiled last December. Seems about time to see something new!
The Mandalorian season 3 sneak peek: The OG Disney Plus series is filming now, so we shouldn't expect much. But a sizzle reel or behind-the-scenes featurette would be very welcome.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness teaser: The next MCU movie after the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange 2's release date was pushed back to May 6. Still, six-ish months out seems about right for the first teaser trailer.
And here we go! Jungle Cruise stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt welcome fans to Disney Plus Day (and get a bit competitive about who was asked to kick off the festivities).
And who better to kick off the #DisneyPlusDay adventure *together* than Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) and Emily Blunt?! pic.twitter.com/304BmMasYmNovember 12, 2021
First trailer of Disney Plus Day is for The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild, The next installment in Ice Age franchise. The prehistoric adventure ventures into the Lost World, a place filled with new creatures and dangers.
Next, Disney is finally giving us a Big Hero 6 series! Check out the trailer for Baymax, set to premiere next summer.
Looks like we're getting a reboot of Cheaper By the Dozen, starring Zach Braff and Gabrielle Union! The stars give fans the scoop on the new iteration, which centers on a multi-racial family of 12. The Disney Plus original movie will be out in March.
.@ItsGabrielleU and @ZachBraff are giving you a dozen reasons to be excited this #DisneyPlusDay. pic.twitter.com/r8Sr0nQmQ7November 12, 2021
Let's goooo! The delightful 2007 fairy tale musical Enchanted is finally, at long last getting a sequel (and it's now streaming on Disney Plus (opens in new tab)). Disenchanted will bring back Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey and stream fall 2022. Here they are with the scoop:
Amy Adams and @PatrickDempsey are sharing a bit of magic straight from Andalasia! #DisneyPlusDay #Disenchanted pic.twitter.com/gOdflzQWWsNovember 12, 2021
Here's the poster for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the new animated original movie that's slated for December 3.
Oh and more from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise: Rodrick Rules! Book readers will know that it's the second entry in the series.
Something more for the grown-ups: A clip from The Beatles Get Back, Peter Jackson's three-part miniseries about the iconic band. The Lord of the Rings director had unprecedented access to over 60 hours of unseen old film and said it shows the "beginning of the end" of the group. The miniseries premieres November 25.
Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers is coming this spring, with Andy Samberg and John Mulaney voicing the beloved chipmunks. And they want you to know: This isn't a reboot, it's a comeback!
We’re seeing double with John @Mulaney ‘n @AndySamberg! 🐿🐿 #DisneyPlusDay #RescueRangers pic.twitter.com/Dh10SUQuTSNovember 12, 2021
Better Nate Than Never adapts the popular kids' book, which sees 13-year-old Nate Foster hopping on a bus to New York City (without his parents' knowledge) and crashing an audition for a Broadway musical.
Something witchy this way comes — and we can't wait! Here's a look at Kathy Najimy , Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker on the set of Hocus Pocus 2, arriving in fall 2022 on Disney Plus.
A new retelling of Pinocchio is on the way! The live-action stars Tom Hanks, Cynthia Erivo, Luke Evans and the voices of Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Keegan-Michael Key and Lorraine Bracco, directed by Robert Zemeckis. It'll be released in fall 2022.
Chris Hemsworth already seemed like the peak human specimen, yet somehow he's pushing his body even further?! Limitless, a new docu-series from National Geographic, is building Chris Hemsworth 2.0 and we are shook.
Welcome to Earth, Will Smith. The actor (tipped to win Best Actor Oscar for King Richard) is going on extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime adventure around the world to explore Earth’s greatest wonders and reveal its most hidden secrets. The docu-series drops December 8. Here's the trailer:
America the Beautiful brings the gorgeous cinematography of Planet Earth to explore the country's stunning spaces. The Nat Geo series arrives on Disney Plus in 2022.
Cinderella gets a modern twist in Sneakerella, which premieres February 18. An aspiring sneaker designer falls for the daughter of a basketball star and shoe tycoon, and gets a little help in pursuing his dreams from his Fairy Godfather.
The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder is a revival of a beloved series that aired on the Disney Channel in the 2000s. Like the original, the new version will explore themes of inclusion and cultural diversity.
Summer loving, having a blast! High School Musical: The Musical: The Series season 3 returns next year and the Wildcats are going to sleepaway camp! Stars Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett are expected to be back for more romance, clique drama and, of course, singing. And the tag line "Love Is an Open Door" seems to hint that the next musical will be Frozen!
We're nearing 11 a.m. ET, which is when Disney Plus subscribers will be treated to exclusive on-platform specials from Pixar Animation Studios.
That will be followed by Marvel specials at 11:45 a.m. ET.
The popular books The Spiderwick Chronicles are turning into a live-action series! The story follows the Grace children after they move into a new home where they discover a secret world of fairies.
More fantasy goodness: Original Willow star Warwick Davis introduces the cast of the upcoming Willow series, slated for 2022.
Go Under the Helmet: The Legacy of Boba Fett and explore the history and legacy of the iconic bounty hunter. Streaming now on Disney Plus (opens in new tab).
Disney Plus has dropped the behind-the-scenes first look at Obi-Wan Kenobi that we've been waiting for! You can watch it here (opens in new tab) if you're a subscriber.
Lightning McQueen and Mater are back in gear. Check out the concept art for the original series Cars on the Road, coming to screens next year.
Pixar's Disney Plus Day special (opens in new tab) is hosted by Pete Doctor, who gives a personal tour of the animation studio and delivers some news and announcements. One was the Cars series we posted about below. Another touts feature-length documentaries about the making of Turning Red and Lightyear.
And then there's Pixar's first Disney Plus series, Win or Lose. Check out the first art below:
OK, it's not a Zootopia movie sequel, but we'll take it: Disney Plus will release Zootopia+, a short-form series, in 2022.
Princess Tiana is gracing Disney Plus with her royal presence. She's going on a new adventure in a long-form series slated for 2023. In this first look concept art, she seems to be setting sail!
The past holds the keys to one teen's dreams — she just has to travel to 1994 to unlock her future. The original series Intertwined (Entrelazados) is streaming now (opens in new tab).
Holy Wolverine, a revival of the animated X-Men series is in the works! X-Men '97 will pick up where original left off, with several original cast members reprising their voice roles.
Marvel has unveiled the title art for three of its upcoming Disney Plus series: Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk and Moon Knight. Still crossing our fingers for trailers or sneak peek footage in the Marvel special that drops in a few minutes.
Here's more title art for I Am Groot, Spider-Man: Freshman Year, Echo and What If ...? season 2.
The Marvel Disney Plus Day special is streaming now (opens in new tab)! And it has the first footage from Moon Knight starring Oscar Isaac and She-Hulk with Tatiana Maslany, as well as a new tease for Ms. Marvel featuring Iman Vellani.
It concludes with a slew of title art from the bajillion Marvel shows in the pipeline, from Agatha: House of Harkness to Loki season 2.
So. Many. Logos.
Here's a little recap video of all the titles that Disney Plus mentioned today.
Disney Plus Day seems to be winding down. Now that we have a moment to catch our breaths, let's go back and take a look at a few things that whizzed by.
One was the title art for Agatha: House of Harkness. The WandaVision spinoff was first reported in October to be in development. Kathryn Hahn will return, of course, and WandaVision head writer Jac Schaeffer will be penning the new show.
It looks like a wrap on Disney Plus Day, folks! We've unpacked the Obi-Wan teaser, and we'll have more deep dives coming on the Marvel footage. We are also compiling the breathtaking number of Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar titles that were announced or teased.
And if Disney Plus surprises us later in the day, we'll add it here.
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