Yesterday saw a Disney Earnings Call with CEO Bob Chapek and there’s a lot to cover. Disney+ Day, Shang-Chi release window and more. Here I try to roundup everything of relevance in one easy place. So let’s get to it.
Chapek announced that November 12th will be Disney+ Day. This will be a large cross promotional event that promises to show many upcoming shows on the Disney+ platform from all of Disney’s studios. We can most definitely expect to see the first footage from The Book of Boba Fett, and likely Hawkeye. Both have December and November release dates respectively. However if we stick to the behemoths of Marvel and Star Wars we could see much more. Ms. Marvel is due early 2022, and we have both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Andor to come from Star Wars soon. Not to mention that by that time we think The Mandalorian Season 3 will be well underway. Perhaps even Ahsoka could begin this year?
As for outside of the behemoths, I am sure Disney has a ton of other upcoming projects to announce or show footage of at the event.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
As of right now, Shang-Chi will release as planned on September 3rd, and it will be exclusive to theatres. However Chapek also confirmed that the theatrical window would only be 45 days instead of the usual 90. This in itself is seen as an experiment going forward. Whether that means Shang-Chi will perform better or worse than Black Widow remains to be seen. With the current Delta variant of COVID causing hassles, Sony have already delayed Venom: Let There Be Carnage another three weeks.
As for Eternals, there was some buzz because Chapek mentioned it with regards to 2022. Don’t worry, Eternals is still coming in November, Chapek simply meant that Eternals will fall into the 2022 fiscal year which is perfectly ordinary.
Chapek did say that hybrid release could still be considered on a case by case basis. So whilst no hybrid releases were announced, those are not off the table.
“We’ve said from the beginning we value flexibility and value being able to make last minute calls in response.”
And when it comes to compensating talent, Chapek claims Disney has figured out a way to fairly do that, and has entered into “hundreds” of talent arrangements in COVID and “by and large, they’ve gone smoothly.”
Oh, and finally we will see the release of director Peter Jackson’s Beatles documentary on the streaming platform. The first episode will air this Thanksgiving day.
What do you think of the Disney+ Day idea? Do you have any thoughts on the Shang-Chi release schedule? Sound off below as always.