On Disney’s First Quarter 2020 financial call, The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger revealed that their Disney+ streaming service now has 28.6 million paid subscribers. He also announced when we’ll see The Mandalorian Season 2 and the first two Marvel Studios series.
First up, Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will premiere in August of 2020. The series pairs up two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most popular heroes — Sam Wilson aka The Falcon and Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier — in action-filled adventures as they fight together against evil after the events of Avengers: Endgame.
Anthony Mackie (The Falcon), Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier), Daniel Brühl (Baron Zemo), Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter), and Wyatt Russell (John Walker) will star.
The series will be directed by Kari Skogland, the Emmy-nominated, BAFTA award-winning director, showrunner and CEO of Mad Rabbit. Her credits include episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale, NOS4A2, The Rook, The Loudest Voice, The Walking Dead and much more. Malcolm Spellman is writing the series.
The second season of live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian will then premiere in October. Bob Iger added that spinoffs of The Mandalorian are possible as well.
The eight-episode first season of The Mandalorian premiered on the streaming service on November 12, 2019. The series is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
The Mandalorian is written and executive produced by Jon Favreau, with Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) directing the first episode and serving as executive producer alongside Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson. Additional episodic directors include Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok).
The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal (Narcos) in the title role as a lone Mandalorian gunfighter, alongside Gina Carano (Deadpool), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (Supernatural), Carl Weathers (Predator), Omid Abtahi (American Gods), Ming-Na Wen (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), and Nick Nolte (Warrior).
Also coming this year with a December premiere is Marvel Studios’ WandaVision, which blends the style of classic sitcoms with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the series, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) — two super-powered beings living their ideal suburban lives — begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems. The series is directed by Matt Shakman and Jac Schaeffer is the head writer.
Also starring in the series are Kat Dennings and Randall Park who will reprise their roles from Thor and Ant-Man and The Wasp, Teyonah Parris is playing a grown-up version of Monica Rambeau, and Kathryn Hahn has been cast as a new character in the series.
Marvel Studios also teased the Disney+ series Loki during the Super Bowl spot (watch below), but all we know is that it will premiere in 2021. In the series, the mercurial villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) resumes his role as the God of Mischief in a new series that takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Kate Herron directs and Michael Waldron is head writer.