Disney +: Holidays Come Early for Nerds
When Disney first announced they were acquiring Fox, everyone knew it was so they could add the mammoth sized library of movies and TV shows to their upcoming streaming service Disney +. Despite having bought out Fox for all their content, what people are really hyped about and looking forward to is all the original content coming out from Disney, specifically the Star Wars and Marvel related content. From the Mandalorian to WandaVision, or the proposed Obi-Wan Kenobi series to the Falcon and Winter Soldier, nerds of all genres will have something to look forward too. The unfortunate part is that apart from the Mandalorian, fans will have to wait quite a while for some of these shows. WanaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier isn’t coming until sometime in 2020. Series like She Hulk, Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight don’t even have solid release windows yet.
So the question everyone should be asking is what shows are Disney + going to be offering at launch that I should be excited about? Here is a list of all the great content you could be binging by the end of the week.
It’s hard to explain why I’m so excited for this one without just saying “IT’S STAR WARS!” The Mandalorians haven’t gotten a lot of attention in the movies. Most people know Boba Fett and Jango Fett. Can you name another one? Besides Sabine if you watch Rebels. I’m excited to see what Star Wars does with one of its oldest people, particularly an awesome warrior race like the Mandalorians. It’ll also be cool to see a story that isn’t directly revolving around the force and what the Jedi or Sith are doing. I’m not saying the force won’t be involved, but typically Mandalorians aren’t force sensitive. (There’s only been one Mandalorian Jedi, and to be fair, they were a badass.)
90s Marvel Cartoons
The X-Men and Spider-Man cartoons from the mid 90s inspired an entire generation. While they may be difficult to watch now as they haven’t aged particularly well there was still something about these animated shows that caught the attention of kids around the world. I was a fan of Spider-Man because of this cartoon, long before I ever picked up a comic. The X-Men helped me form some of my earliest principles. In a way, these shows were kind of a precursor to what the modern day Marvel Cinematic Universe could achieve.
The Current run of the MCU
This is a no brainer, but it’s still worth mentioning. You no longer have to worry about where you put all those Blue Rays. Who was the last person you let borrow Spider-Man: Homecoming? Or maybe you haven’t bought any because you’re waiting for the $5000 collection of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe! Having every movie from this incredible run at your fingertips is perfect. Plus, this will be the only place to get Avengers: Endgame if you don’t already own it.
Where do we start with Gargoyles? One of the best animated shows of the 90’s? Check. Keith David as the lead character? Check. The rest of the cast basically serving as a Star Trek: The Next Generation reunion tour? Double check. Gargoyles was an awesome show about a group of stone Gargoyles that turn flesh at night. After being betrayed by their allies in the medieval times, they’re cursed to never move again until their castle rises above the clouds. Now in the modern day, a wealthy businessman named Xanatos moves their castle to the top of his building brick by brick. What results is a few seasons of medieval gargoyles trying to adjust to modern day New York. Check it out.
The Earliest Marvel Shows
Did you know that before Captain America, Iron Man or even Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man there was another? In 1979 there was a Spider-Woman animated series. I’ve never seen, you’ve likely never seen it! It’s…honestly probably not very good. Two years later in 1981 the first Spider-Man series would air along with another series Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. Even if these shows are terrible with the age of the internet and meme-culture they’re likely to bring a whole new level of enjoyment to our lives. I know they’ll be the first things I binge.
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