What Marvel Movies Are on Disney Plus?
The launch of Disney Plus is less than a month out, and you can feel the excitement buzzing online. Disney fans everywhere are excited to sign up and stream some of their favorite films and shows, whether they’re reaching as far back as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs or just binging Lizzie McGuire all over again. Of course, non-Disney fans have a reason to be excited too: as the owner of major brands like Marvel Studios and Star Wars, Disney Plus is going to have a little bit of something for the nerd inside all of us.
Of course, Disney doesn’t plan on launching their streaming service with their full library ready on day one. Plenty of their movies and shows are currently tied up with other media companies, including Netflix and Amazon, which makes it a challenge to get everything together in time for launch. So, if you’re wondering what MCU movies are going to be on Disney Plus at launch, and when the rest of them will make their way over, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s take a look at what Disney Plus is going to offer MCU fans.
Updated on November 11th with the surprise announcement of additional movies.
Marvel Cinematic Universe
If you’re wondering why Disney took more than two years after their initial announcement of a Disney streaming service to bring Disney Plus to customers, well, it wasn’t just the technical side of the platform. Disney, like most other media companies, spent much of the 2000s and early 2010s signing deals with companies like Netflix for their streaming media. In fact, in 2012, Netflix and Disney signed a deal for the former to become the exclusive home of Disney’s films post-launch, a contract that went into effect in 2016. Less than a year later, however, and Disney was already calling it quits, announcing they had decided to leave the Netflix deal after its expiration in order to venture out to create what would become Disney Plus.
It’s taken two years, but much of Disney’s legacy library has come back under their own umbrella. Though Disney has a huge catalog of films and television shows to pick from, nothing is more important to bolstering the company’s launch lineup than Marvel movies. While their original announcement highlighted just six films from the MCU coming to Disney Plus at launch, the company surprised fans on November 11th—just hours before launch—by announcing that almost every single film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe would make it in time for the November 12th launch. Here’s the full list:
- Iron Man
- Iron Man 2
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- The Avengers
- Iron Man 3
- Thor: The Dark World
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Captain America: Civil War
- Doctor Strange
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- Captain Marvel
- Avengers: Endgame
That’s nearly every film in the MCU, with some incredible gems. From the relatively small origins of Tony Stark and Iron Man to the time-bending mission in Avengers: Endgame, you can relive most of the first three phases of the MCU come launch.
What about the MCU films missing from the lineup? Well, the good news is that four of the remaining missing movies—Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Ant-Man and the Wasp—will join the lineup sometime in 2020. All four are currently held as Netflix exclusives, but the streaming rights to those films returns to Disney at the end of 2019. If you happen to subscribe to Disney Plus and Netflix, you can make your way through most of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe right at launch.
What About Spider-Man?
While most of the MCU movies will soon call Disney Plus home, unfortunately, the Spider-Man movies are something of an outlier. Though they’re directly connected to the MCU, both Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home are produced by Sony, not Disney. Therefore, it’s up to Sony to distribute them, not Disney and Marvel Studios.
This has already affected MCU deals in the past: though every MCU movie from 2016 to 2018 came to Netflix at some point, Spider-Man: Homecoming was excluded from this deal. Because it wasn’t a Disney property, Sony held the rights to the distribution of the film, not Marvel Studios.
This could change, of course. The two companies are on somewhat-steady terms, with the future of Spider-Man in the MCU settled for at least another film. Sony does own Crackle though, and if they ever decide to create a more premium streaming service, they may want to hold onto their most recent Spider-Man films in order to give themselves a bit of a boost.
There’s one other film missing from the list above: The Incredible Hulk. Like Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk is owned by Paramount and not Disney. That said, it’s hard to imagine anyone being upset over The Incredible Hulk missing from Disney Plus. Not only are the events of the film hardly ever mentioned throughout the MCU, but the original actor for the Hulk, Edward Norton, was replaced by Mark Ruffalo in 2012’s The Avengers.
Marvel TV Shows
Marvel has a ton of original programming coming to their platform over the next several years, with eight shows already announced and in production. We have a whole list of these shows—complete with in-depth looks at what they’re about and when they’ll arrive in our guide to the shows coming to Disney Plus, but for now, here’s a list of what you can expect:
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
- Marvel’s What If…
- Ms. Marvel
- Moon Knight
Unfortunately, the first MCU original won’t arrive on Disney Plus until Agust 2020, but Disney has a few legacy shows you can check out right on November 12th, including:
- Spider-Woman (1979)
- X-Men: The Animated Series (1992)
- Fantastic Four: The Animated Series (1994)
- The Incredible Hulk (1996)
- Silver Surfer (1998)
- X-Men: Evolution (2000)
- Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes (2006)
- Wolverine and the X-Men (2009)
- Marvel’s Hero Project (2019)
Are you excited for Disney Plus? Does the MCU make you more likely to stay subscribed, or are you sticking to Netflix? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and make sure you keep up with TechJunkie’s Disney Plus coverage from now through launch day and beyond!