When Disney launches its streaming service in 2019, it will feature two marquee TV shows. The company on Thursday announced two brand new live-action series are on the way, one set in the Star Wars universe and the other set in the Marvel universe. No details about either show was shared.
The news comes on the heels of Disney’s surprising (at the same time, unsurprising) announcement of a streaming service that’s set to launch in 2019. The unnamed service will include property from Disney, Lucasfilm, and Marvel Studios, immediately making it a premier online destination.
Adding two live-action properties set amidst the biggest franchises in the world shows Disney’s commitment to making its service a major competitor. And it’s a hugely persuasive reason to the question, “Why create a streaming service in the first place?”
Launching with two major shows will make the service an immediate competitor against the likes of Netflix and Hulu, which are both growing their respective libraries of original content. As good as Stranger Things is, it’s tough to beat Star Wars.
The good news is that when Disney’s streaming service launches, it’ll be priced “substantially below” that of Netflix, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger. Part of the reason behind that is because it won’t feature as much content as Netflix, suggesting the price could rise as the service gets bigger.
Once we know more details about these shows we’ll be sure to let you know. With this news and the fact that Disney is creating an all-new Star Wars trilogy outside of the Skywalker Saga, it’s clear the company has huge ambitions to grow well beyond its immediate roadmap.