Disney Announces Several Release Dates for Shows and Movies
Disney announced release dates for a whole slate of new projects debuting this year. After somewhat of a lull in streaming content in 2020, Disney is firing back in 2021 with tons of new content for all ages. With WandaVision already achieving great success thus far and the highly anticipated Falcon and Winter Soldier series premiering next month, Disney has virtually cornered the market on new content this year. With shows like The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, Marvel’s Loki, Pixar’s Monsters at Work, and several other programs, there is something for everyone to enjoy and look forward to in 2021.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
March 19, 2021
Marvel’s second foray into television is a show following popular MCU characters Sam Wilson (The Falcon) and Bucky Barnes (The Winter Soldier). The show takes place after Avengers: Endgame and follows Sam and Bucky as they take on the anti-patriotism group, the Flag-Smashers. It is highly speculated that despite being handed the title and shield of Captain America, Sam will either be hesitant to accept the job or face adversity from the powers that be regarding this new job. Barnes’ story follows his adjustment to life without his best friend as well as his adjustment to becoming a “good-guy.”
Baron Zemo is the villain of the show, played, once again, by Daniel Brühl. He was last seen in Captain America: Civil War. Emily VanCamp is also reprising her role as Sharon Carter and will fight alongside Sam and Bucky. Sharon was a major help to Captain America in both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War.
Much like WandaVision, the actual plot of the show has been kept under wraps and will unfold week to week. However, trailers for the show revealed some incredible images and action-packed fight sequences. It is shaping up to be another hit.
The show will have six 40-50 minute episodes, premiering on Disney+ on March 19th.
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers
March 26th, 2021
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers centers around our favorite youth hockey coach, Gordon Bombay (Emilio Esteves). The show follows Gordon Bombay as he coaches a new team of misfits against the Mighty Ducks, who have become the powerhouse of the league. The show is reminiscent of Cobra Kai, as the heroes from the original franchise are now the villains.
Hopefully the show will feature cameos from the original cast coming back to help Gordon in his new venture. With Lauren Graham of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood joining the cast, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers will be an interesting twist on a children’s classic.
The 10 episode Disney+ series begins on March 26th.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch
May 4th 2021
Star Wars: The Bad Batch follows a group of stormtroopers who were created with a genetic mutation, allowing them to be elite assassins with more a violent and aggressive streak than other storm troopers. The characters first appeared in the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and were a part of some of the more memorable episodes from the series. The show picks up after the conclusion of The Clone Wars and follows the elite group of warriors through their new roles as mercenaries.
The show premieres on Disney+ Star Wars Day, May 4th.
June 11th 2021
Loki is Marvel’s third series, following WandaVision, & Falcon and Winter Soldier. It is very highly anticipated as it is the first time villain-turned-hero and fan favorite Loki will be the lead of a Marvel project. Tom Hiddleston is reprising his role as Loki for the 7th time in the Marvel story. Also in the cast is Owen Wilson as Mobius, head of the Time Variance Authority.
Loki takes place inside the MCU but in a different reality. As we saw in Avengers: Endgame during the “time heist”, Tony Stark and Scott Lang’s plan went awry when they lost the tesseract to Loki, who used it to transport to an unknown location. The Disney+ series follows Loki after his disappearance through what is described as a historical crime thriller.
The show will have six 40-50 minute episodes and will debut June 11th on Disney+.
Monster’s at Work
July 2nd 2021
Pixar will get its first streaming series on Disney+ this July! Monsters at Work follows Mike and Sully, voiced by the originals Billy Crystal and John Goodman, respectively, and takes place six months after the original movie. The show also centers around Tyler Tuskmon, a new mechanic who works on the Laugh Floor. Tuskmon will be voiced by Ben Feldman of the NBC hit Superstore.
This show comes 20 years after the original film release and will likely answer many unanswered questions which Pixar failed to address when making the sequel, Monsters University, into a prequel.
The 10 episode Disney+ series premieres on July 2nd.
SpiderMan: No Way Home
Marvel also announced the name and release date for one of the most anticipated Marvel films in history. Not only will this be the first movie advancing the MCU story in over two years, but it will also be the third installment of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man franchise. Tom becomes the fourth actor in the MCU to have a trilogy of movies surrounding his character after Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor. The movie takes place during the fallout of SpiderMan: Far From Home, in which Mysterio and J. Jonah Jameson reveal to the public that SpiderMan’s true identity is actually Peter Parker. Cast members Tom Holland, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, and Jacob Batalon are all returning.
The reason for the anticipation of this movie is that rumors have been running rampant for months about the cast, the storyline, and the overall idea of the film. Due to the success of Into the Spiderverse, it was quickly rumored that both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield would come back to reprise their roles as the friendly neighborhood hero. These rumors were only fueled more when it was confirmed that Doctor Strange was in the film, opening up the possibility of inter-dimensional travel. It was also confirmed that Jamie Foxx would return as Electro, a role he took on during Andrew Garfield’s stint, and Alfred Molina would return as Doctor Octopus, a role he assumed during the Tobey Maguire stint.
Many other possibilities have been mentioned, such as appearances from Matt Murdock, otherwise known as Daredevil, Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, and Dane DeHaan’s Hobgoblin. Marvel has handled the Spider-Man character beautifully since Tom Holland took over, and bringing back two former Spider-Mans, as well as their villains and friends, would make for an epic movie.
The movie premiers in theaters on December 17th.
Disney made other announcements for more content to be released in 2021:
Stars John Stamos as a former college basketball coach who starts coaching a private high school’s girl’s basketball team
The Mysterious Benedict Society
Based on the Young Adult Novel, it will star Tony Hale and Kristen Schaal. The show follows four uniquely skilled orphans who are recruited to stop a plan for world domination.
Turner and Hooch
A reboot of the 1989 Tom Hanks movie, starring Josh Peck as a detective who solves crimes with the help of his oversized dog, Hooch.
Chip’N’Dale: Park Life
A non-verbal animated show that follows beloved chipmunks Chip and Dale as two creatures who move from the forest to the city
Written By: Tom Fitzgerald
Edited By: Kayla Jimenez