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Disney+ 2021 preview: what’s new and when to watch it, including Falcon… and Loki premieres

Disney+ has previewed its upcoming programme slate, including the Disney+ Original Series Big Shot, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, and confirmed the screening dates of its hotly anticipated The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and Loki MCU shows, which follow WandaVision onto the service.

The streaming service has also unveiled premiere dates for Star Wars: The Bad Batch, Mysterious Benedict Society, Monsters At Work, Chip ‘N’ Dale: Park Life and Turner & Hooch

Original series  High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, will return for a second season and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Zenimation, an animated soundscape experience, premieres its second season on the service this summer. 

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will premier March 19 in Marvel’s newly claimed Friday night slot. The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers lands March 26.

Launched late 2019, the service now claims over 94.9 million subscribers around the world. The Mandalorian is a Golden Globe Nominee for Best Television Series Drama, while Hamilton has been nominated for two Golden Globes including Best Picture – Musical or Comedy.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will premier March 19 in Marvel’s newly claimed Friday night slot…

Tom Hiddleston returns as the God of Mischief

Disney+’s new Orginal shows and release schedule in full: 

March 19 – The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson aka The Falcon, and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier, who came together in the final moments of Avengers: Endgame, team up on a global adventure that tests their abilities, and their patience. Directed by Kari Skogland with Malcolm Spellman serving as head writer, the series also stars Daniel Brühl as Zemo, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, and Wyatt Russell as John Walker.

March 26 – The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers 
In present day Minnesota, the Mighty Ducks have evolved from scrappy underdogs to an ultra-competitive, powerhouse youth hockey team. After 12-year-old Evan Morrow (Brady Noon) is unceremoniously cut from the Ducks, he and his mom, Alex (Lauren Graham), set out to build their own team of misfits to challenge the cutthroat, win-at-all-costs culture of youth sports today. With the help of Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez), they rediscover the joys of playing just for love of the game.

April 16 – Big Shot 
After getting ousted from the NCAA, a hothead men’s basketball coach must take a job at an all-girls high school. He soon learns that teenage girls are more than just X’s and O’s; they require empathy and vulnerability, foreign concepts for the stoic Coach Korn (John Stamos). By learning how to connect with his players, Marvyn starts to grow into the person he’s always hoped to be. The girls learn to take themselves more seriously, finding their footing both on and off the court.

May 4 (obviously!) – Star Wars: The Bad Batch
The Bad Batch follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in The Clone Wars) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch, a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army, each possess a singular exceptional skill that makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew.

May 14 – High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Season 2
In season two, the East High Wildcats, who are preparing to perform Beauty and the Beast as their spring musical, face off against rival school North High to win a prestigious and cutthroat student theater competition. Wigs are snatched, loyalties are tested, and ballads are belted. The season also features brand-new solos written by Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett.

June 11 – Loki
The God of Mischief steps out of his brother’s shadow in a new series that takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Tom Hiddleston returns as the title character, joined by Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku and Richard E. Grant. Kate Herron directs and Michael Waldron is head writer.

June 11 – Zenimation Season 2
The series that creates a mindfulness soundscape experience with scenes from the timeless films of Walt Disney Animation Studios returns for a second season June 11 with all-new episodes. Season 2 features moments from over eight decades, including scenes from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs all the way through to Raya and the Last Dragon. Zenimation pays tribute to both the visual and sound artists who have created Disney Animation’s legacy of films. Created and edited by David Bess.

June 25 – Mysterious Benedict Society
Placed undercover at a boarding school known as The Institute, a group of orphans must foil a nefarious plot with global ramifications while creating a new sort of family along the way. Based on the bestseller by Trenton Lee Stewart which Time Magazine called “one of the best young adult books of all time,”The Mysterious Benedict Society” stars Emmy Award winner Tony Hale in the titular role and features a standout ensemble of young actors.

July 2 – Monsters at Work
This spin-off takes place the day after the Monsters, Incorporated power plant started harvesting the laughter of children to fuel the city of Monstropolis, thanks to Mike and Sulley’s discovery that laughter generates ten times more energy than screams. It follows the story of Tylor Tuskmon, an eager young monster who graduated top of his class at Monsters University and always dreamed of becoming a Scarer, until he lands a job at Monsters, Incorporated and discovers that scaring is out and laughter is in. Ben Feldman stars as the voice of Tylor Tuskmon in the series, alongside Mike Wazowski  (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman).

July 16 – Turner & Hooch
When an ambitious, buttoned-up US Marshal inherits a big unruly dog, he soon realizes the dog he didn’t want may be the partner he needs. Josh Peck stars as Scott Turner, son of Detective Scott Turner portrayed by Tom Hanks in the 1989 film of the same name.

July 23 – Chip ‘N’ Dale: Park Life
Disney’s best known chipmunks, in their perpetual pursuit of acorns, joined by Pluto, Butch and other iconic Disney characters.

About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice, Ideal Home, The Luxe Review, Channel News and the i newspaper. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI, and contributor to industry trade magazine ERT. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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