10 Upcoming Disney+ Shows Worth Your Attention

Disney+ has a lot in the funnel for upcoming shows. Some of them look good, some of them not. Which ones are looking the best?

Disney+ has had a rocky history with original content, ranging from mega-hits like The Mandalorian and Wandavision all the way to shows trapped in development hell like the new Lizzie McGuire show. Despite all odds, however, one of the newest streaming platforms on the internet has a bevy of upcoming content that is planned to premiere sometime between 2021 and 2022. So what's is looking the best on the bracket?

1. Loki

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The MCU adaptation of Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, has long been one of the most popular characters to emerge from Disney's contract with Marvel. He's a show-stealer whenever he appears in any movie, so people have long been asking when he was going to get his own movie or even television show. The answer to that question has taken the form of the upcoming Disney+ show, Loki, focused entirely on Hiddleston's Loki making his way upwards in the world. The finalized trailer has already dropped on Youtube, and the show is set to premiere sometime in June. 

It's hard to see this show failing, especially with how adamantly Disney has been playing it up. Who can blame them, honestly? The idea of the villain protagonist has become extremely popular in the last decade, alongside the concept of the more sardonic and joking protagonist character. Loki sets to combine them both, and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser in the process.

2. Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi
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A show that has been in development hell for several years, Obi-Wan Kenobi has been set for release sometime in late 2021 at the earliest and mid-2022 at the latest. Regardless of the hold-ups behind the production, however, it's hard to not see a lot to like about this four-episode special. More than anything it is exciting how it secured the return of Ewan McGregor for the role of the wise Jedi mentor we all know and love. 

Little is known about the plot at the moment but it's hard to not feel a little bit giddy about a show focused on an Obi-Wan that is likely to be set between the prequels and the original trilogy of films. He's a mysterious mentor in some ways, but McGregor has proven before that with the right acting chops, the character can be compelling at any age or skill level. 

3. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

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Disney+ of course has plans for the animated spectrum on the rise, starting with 2022's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. Based on the Marvel comic book of the same name, this show would chronicle the adventures of the smartest little girl in the galaxy and her giant pet dinosaur. Among Marvel Comics, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur was a prime pick for a show aimed at a younger audience, featuring a spunky lead and cool animals that anyone can appreciate.

To top it off, the promotional art is showcasing a unique and sharp style that isn't as common in modern animation. It remains to be seen how well this will be pulled off visually, but it's easy to look at the sassy kid and her tough dinosaur and immediately get the feeling of success. They look badass, and it'll be badass to see them in motion. 

4. Ms. Marvel

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With Captain Marvel having been released a few years ago back in 2019, there was always an underlying question of if the younger girl carrying the Marvel moniker would be eventually getting an adaptation as well. Disney has finally confirmed that yes, sometime this year, Kamala Khan will be getting her very own series. 

It can be assumed that it will follow the narrative of the original comic, which is that of the young Muslim-American girl Kamala Khan gaining superpowers and trying to balance her identity as a superhero with both her social life and cultural identity. The starring role of Ms. Marvel will be taken by newcomer Iman Vellani. We can only wish her luck in capturing this lucky role. 

5. Marvel's What If...?

Marvel's What If...?
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Anyone familiar with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, shorten as the MCU, is likely to know that it is a huge world with limitless potential for spinoffs and stories. Marvel's What If takes that idea to its inevitable and exciting extreme of being an anthology show featuring the different possibilities of what could have happened with the characters had things gone differently. As is, this show has the potential to succeed, simply because of just how many characters and stories can finally have their fifteen minutes in the spotlight.

This show is to debut in mid-2021 with ten episodes in total. It will be narrated by Jeffrey Wright, whose voice you might recognize as McWinkle from Netflix's Green Eggs and Ham show along with his role as Felix Leither in the James Bond movie Casino Royale

6. Cinematic Relics: Iconic Art of the Movie

Cinematic Relics: Iconic Art of the Movie
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For those who are interested in the documentary side of movies, Disney+ is working on setting up a variety of new shows based on the art and history of filmmaking. One of those shows is Cinematic Relics: Iconic Art of the Movie, a documentary series that explores different setpieces from past Disney movies--how they were made, how they were used, and what happened to those setpieces after the movie finalized. 

That leads to another interesting documentary piece...

7. Ink&Paint

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In a similar vein to Cinematic Relics, the platform will also be releasing a documentary dedicated to the famous Ink and Paint department of their animation studio, called simply Ink&Paint. It will focus on the female exclusive division, their accomplishments, and how their presence long-term affected both the studio and the idea of women in the workplace. 

Neither documentary has a set release date yet, but it can be assumed they will be released sometime in 2022. 

8. Monsters at Work

Monsters at Work
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If there is any Pixar movie that has bolstered the interest of the audience in terms of the world behind it, that movie would have to be 2001's Monsters Incorporated. While it later got a prequel movie in 2013, focusing around the college life of this world, there is always room for expansion in the world of Monsters Inc. Now, we are finally getting that expansion, in the form of Monsters at Work

Interestingly, Monsters at Work will not be starring the usual protagonists. Mike Wazowski and James Sullivan will be making cameo roles as supporting characters, with both Billy Crystal and John Goodman confirmed to reprise the roles, but the show itself will be focusing on a new character named Tylor Tuskmon. This may be a move for the best, as the story can only expand so much from the most accomplished members of the company, though it remains to be seen if the new character can keep up with Mike and Sulley. It is set to be released in July of 2021. 

9. She-Hulk

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The female counterpart to the Hulk hasn't gotten much attention as far as the MCU is concerned, but that's about to change. Now, she'll be getting her own show, with cameos from Mark Ruffalo's Hulk and possibly featuring Emil Blomsky (also known as The Abomination) as the antagonist. It's nice this energetic character getting such a strong supporting cast, not that She-Hulk couldn't throttle you without the help. 

The show has been penned down for release in 2022 and will feature Tatiana Maslany as the lawyer turned Hulking Beauty. The show itself has been described as a legal comedy played out on the stage of superpowers and crazy villains, which sounds like a romping good time. She-Hulk has always been known for having a comedic edge to it, so it's nice to see Disney is adhering to those roots instead of trying to make her 100% serious. 

10. The Quest

The Quest
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Gameshows always have a following, particularly ones involving extreme sports. The Quest is a game show featuring teenage contestants that will be competing in a fantasy-based setting. This show originally aired on ABC Family and, while well-received, did not last very long due to financial strain. Under the Disney flag, though, the mind can only imagine what possible stunts they could pull off. This is, after all, the company that made a whole theme park full of moving parts and elaborate interactive attractions. 

To fans of the original show, though, there's no need to worry too much about Disney interfering with the concept itself, as they rehired the entire original cast and crew from the original 2014 show. Not only that but said the crew is being given the chance to prompt the creation of more shows similar to The Quest, such as a Jules Verne based Journey to the Center of the Earth-based show. It promises to be elaborate and entertaining all around.

The debut for all of their new seasons and shows are not yet available, but will likely come out sometime between 2022 and 2023.

There's a lot to be excited about. Even beyond these ten stand-out shows, there are multiple new Star Wars productions in action alongside many a new Marvel property. New seasons of The Mandalorian and Wandavision have already been confirmed. While it would be nice to see them move away from their reliance on Marvel and Star Wars properties, it is hard to lie and say that many of these upcoming shows aren't exciting.  

A writer located in the lush Redwood forests of Northern California who loves animation and food.

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