A few days ago Disney had their Investor Day and announced a ton of new movies and tv shows! I wasn’t invited to the party because someone who shall not be named didn’t buy her Disney stock when the market dropped to like $100 per share a few months ago. But I did sift through all of their tweets to bring you ALL of the announcements Black folks will (and should) care about!
These announcements have made me super duper happy, and I’m hoping that this means Disney has finally seen the light, and will incorporate even more movies and tv shows staring minority leads and stories.
Okay, but enough ranting, here’s what you’re really here for …
The Disney Investor Day Announcements Black Folks Really Care About
ESPN Disney Investor Day Announcements For Black Folks
In January, ESPN+ is launching an exclusive new studio show featuring Stephen A Smith.
Peyton’s Places is back – & growing! Produced with NFLFilms, Season 2 is available now on ESPN+ & Season 3 is coming Fall 2021. Plus the show is expanding to tell the stories of other sports with series hosted by David Ortiz, Abby Wambach, Ronda Rousey and Eli Manning.
Hulu Disney Investor Day Announcements For Black Folks
Dopesick is a harrowing new drama series inspired by true events. The all-star cast include MichaelKeaton, Peter Sarsgaard and Rosario Dawson.
Starting off, new seasons of Atlanta, American Horror Story, Dave, What We Do in the Shadows, Mayans, Better Things, Snowfall, and Archer are all coming to FX Networks.
Disney+ Disney Investor Day Announcements For Black Folks
Ahsoka, a new Original Series, starring Rosario Dawson and set within the timeline of The Mandalorian, is coming to Disney Plus.
The galaxy’s favorite scoundrel, Lando Calrissian, will return in Lando, a brand-new event series for Disney Plus. Justin Simien is in the early stages of developing the project.
Tomi Adeyemi’s New York Times bestselling novel Children of Blood & Bone is being developed by Lucas film in partnership with 20th Century Studios. This coming-of-age adventure follows a young African girl’s quest to restore magic to her forsaken people, the Maji.
From executive producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, the fourth installment of Genius will premiere exclusively on Disney Plus and explore the extraordinary life and immeasurable impact of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Finally from National Geographic comes Welcome to Earth (working title) – an epic, stunning series from Darren Aronofsky in which Will Smith embarks on an awe-inspiring journey to unlock the secrets of this planet’s most extraordinary, unexplained phenomena. Coming to Disney Plus.
Big Shot is a celebration of girl power, set in the world of high school basketball, starring John Stamos, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Jessalyn Gilsig, Big Shot packs in big fun. Coming soon to Disney Plus.
Just announced: three new Original Movies inspired by the real-life stories of Chris Paul, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Keanon Lowe coming to Disney Plus.
Cheaper by the Dozen, a reimagining of the hit comedy from “Blackish” producer Kenya Barris, will debut on Disney Plus in 2022. The story centers on a blended family of 12, navigating a hectic home life and their family business. Gabrielle Union is set to star.
Embark on a thrill-ride down the Amazon in Jungle Cruise with Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Emily Blunt, EdgarRamirez25, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti. Jungle Cruise sails into theaters July 2021.
A prequel to the live-action The Lion King is in development from Barry Jenkins, director of the Oscar-winning film Moonlight. Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, and Nicholas Britell will provide the music.
Meet the cast of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, starring Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Awkwafina, Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, Melissa McCarthy & Javier Bardem. Directed by Rob Marshall, featuring music from the animated original & new music by Al Menken & Lin Manuel Miranda.
Peter Pan & Wendy will be flying to Disney Plus. David Lowery directs an amazing cast including Yara Shahidi in the role of Tinker Bell and Jude Law as Captain Hook.
Sister Act 3 is in development! Whoopi Goldberg returns to star and produce, with Tyler Perry as producer as well. Sister Act 3 will premiere on Disney Plus.
Just Announced: Disney Animation’s first-ever original animated series are coming to Disney Plus: Baymax!, Zootopia+, and Tiana are coming in 2022, and Moana, the series, in 2023.
In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, Disney Animation and Pan-African entertainment company Kugali will team up to create an all-new, science fiction series coming to Disney Plus in 2022: Iwájú. Check out a first look at visual development art from the series.
Marvel Disney Investor Day Announcements For Black Folks
A visionary new age of television begins. Marvel Studios’ WandaVision, an original Series, starts streaming January 15 on Disney Plus. (Monica Rambeau played by WandaVision’s Teyonah Parris)
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness, debuts March 25, 2022. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, & Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez. Directed by Sam Raimi, the film ties to WandaVision & the next Spider-Man film.
Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, an Original Series, starts streaming March 19 on Disney Plus.
Brie Larson returns as Carol Danvers in Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel 2, directed by Nia DaCosta. Joining the cast are recently announced Ms. Marvel, Iman Vellani, and Monica Rambeau played by WandaVision’s Teyonah Parris. Captain Marvel 2 flies into theaters Nov. 11, 2022
Meet a new group of heroes in Eternals, an epic story spanning thousands of years. Directed by Chloé Zhao, starring Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Kumail N, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, Barry Keoghan, Kit Harrington, and Angelina Jolie.
Samuel L Jackson is back as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn from Captain Marvel returns as the Skrull Talos in Marvel Studios’ Original Series Secret Invasion. Coming to Disney Plus.
Coming soon to Disney Plus, Dominique Thorne is genius inventor Riri Williams in Ironheart, an Original Series about the creator of the most advanced suit of armor since Iron Man.
Don Cheadle returns as James Rhodes aka War Machine in Armor Wars, an Original Series coming to Disney Plus. A classic Marvel story about Tony Stark’s worst fear coming true: what happens when his tech falls into the wrong hands?
Coming from Marvel Studios: Blade, a new feature film starring Mahershala Ali in the title role.
Peyton Reed is back to direct the third Ant-Man film, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Michelle Pfeiffer all return. Kathryn Newton
joins the cast as Cassie Lang and Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror.
Black Panther 2, opening July 8, 2022, is being written & directed by Ryan Coogler. Honoring Chadwick Boseman’s legacy & portrayal of T’Challa, Marvel Studios will not recast the character, but will explore the world of Wakanda & the rich characters introduced in the first film.
Other Exciting Disney Day Announcements Y’all May Be Interested In
Rangers of the New Republic, a new Original Series set within the timeline of The Mandalorian is coming to Disney Plus.
Andor, an Original Series set in the Star Wars universe, is streaming in 2022 on Disney Plus.
Hayden Christensen returns as Darth Vader, joining Ewan McGregor in OBI-WAN KENOBI. The Original Series begins 10 years after the dramatic events of Revenge of the Sith, and is coming to Disney Plus.
Coming exclusively to Disney Plus is Hocus Pocus 2, the spooky sequel to the 1993 Halloween classic! Adam M Shankman is set to direct.
A cynical young comic book fan and her superpowered squirrel sidekick team up in Flora and Ulysses, an Original Movie streaming February 19 on Disney Plus.
The live-action film franchise Diary of a Wimpy Kid comes to Disney Plus in 2021 as an all-new animated film!
The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild is the next installment in 20th Century Studios’ Ice Age franchise. It stars three favorite characters: prankster possum brothers Crash and Eddie, and swashbuckling weasel Buck voiced by Simon Pegg. Coming to Disney Plus in early 2022.
Did you hear that? Night at the Museum is coming to Disney Plus with a new twist: this time it’s animated! Shawn Levy Direct, director of the film trilogy, is producing. The exhibit opens on Disney Plus in 2021.
One of Disney’s all-time classics is coming to Disney Plus with the new live-action retelling of Pinocchio, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Robert Zemeckis.
Disenchanted, a sequel to the hit film Enchanted, will stream exclusively on Disney Plus. Amy Adams returns for more fantastical fun as Giselle!
This Fall, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ all-new film Encanto takes you to Colombia, where a magical family live in a magical home. Directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush, co-directed and co-written by Charise Castro Smith, and music written by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The first of three new Pixar series coming to Disney Plus is Dug Days! In this Up spin-off, Dug discovers the dangers of suburbia like puppies, fireworks, and… SQUIRRELS!! Dug Days will premiere on Disney Plus in Fall 2021.
Next, Pixar is speeding ahead with a new series following Lightning McQueen and Mater on a road trip across the country. Featuring new characters, old friends, and imaginative destinations. Coming to DisneyPlus in Fall 2022.
Third is Pixar’s first original long-form animated series, Win or Lose. The show follows a middle school softball team in the week leading up to their championship game, and each episode is told from the perspective of a different character. Coming to DisneyPlus in Fall 2023.
Director of the Academy Award-winning short Bao, Domee Shi, brings us Turning Red. Meet Mei: she experiences the awkwardness of being a teenager, with an added twist: when she gets too excited, she transforms into a giant red panda. Turning Red comes to theaters March 11, 2022
Pixar’s next feature film is Luca. It’s a celebration of the friendship between a boy named Luca and his best friend Alberto during their unforgettable summer. You won’t want to miss Luca, diving into theaters June 2021.
Blasting into theaters June 17, 2022, Lightyear is the definitive story of the original Buzz Lightyear. Voiced by Chris Evans, get ready to go to “infinity and beyond” with Lightyear. (find video) Here’s a first look of the young test pilot that became the Space Ranger we all know him to be today.
Black Widow chronicles Natasha Romanoff’s efforts to deal with her history as a spy long before she became an Avenger. Directed by Cate Shortland and starring Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz. In theaters May 7, 2021.
Loki, an Original Series from Marvel Studios, is coming May 2021 to Disney Plus.
WHAT IF…?, an Original Series from Marvel Studios, is coming Summer 2021 to Disney Plus.
Production has just wrapped for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Meet the fantastic cast bringing the film to life. ShangChi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is in theaters July 9th, 2021.
Original Avenger Jeremy Renner returns to star as Hawkeye, teaming up with well-known archer from Marvel comics, Kate Bishop played by the amazing Hailee Steinfeld. Additional cast include Vera Farmiga, Fra Free, and newcomer Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez with episodes directed by Rhys Thomas and directing duo Bert and Bertie. Hawkeye, an Original Series, is coming to Disney Plus.
She-Hulk arrives to the MCU! Tatiana Maslany will portray Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk and Tim Roth returns as the Abomination and Hulk himself, MarkRuffalo, will appear in the series. Directed Kat Coiro and Anu Valia, She-Hulk is coming to Disney Plus.
Moon Knight, an Original Series about a complex vigilante, is coming to Disney Plus.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. JamesGunn is back to write and direct. The Original Special is coming to Disney Plus in 2022.
Everyone’s favorite little tree, Baby Groot, will star in a series of shorts on Disney Plus featuring several new and unusual characters. I Am Groot, an Original Series from Marvel Studios, is coming to Disney Plus.