Disney Confirms Release Delays To Many Upcoming Disney+ Originals
In the past few months, we’ve seen Disney going through some major shake-ups, with the return of Bob Iger as the CEO of the company, including a corporate reorganisation and a major push to save over $5 billion dollars across the company, with $3 billion expected to come from the entertainment division.
As part of this shift, many of the upcoming Disney+ Originals have been going through some release schedule changes. Back at the San Diego Comic-Con, Disney announced the expected release schedule for 2023 and beyond, which initially had 5 live-action Marvel shows coming this year, in addition to many animated ones. Since then, Marvel Studios has gone through a major shuffle, pulling back the release of many of its shows, as it tries to fix some of the problems from phase four, which saw Marvel ramp up production on lots of shows and specials, resulting in some negative feedback from fans getting burned out and quality control concerns over scripts and special effects.
But it’s not only Marvel Studios being impacted; it’s also hitting Disney’s other studios, and as part of the reshuffle, Disney has recently updated its coming soon page on the official Disney+ Originals page, removing any indication as to when a show might be released, instead, just shifting it to a generic “Coming Soon”.
The originals page still states some of the upcoming originals like “Iwaju” and “Win Or Lose” will be coming in 2023, but almost every original that doesn’t have a specific release date now just states “Coming Soon” rather than a specific year, such as :
- Ahsoka (Originally due to arrive in 2023)
- Daredevil: Born Again (Originally due to arrive in 2024)
- Echo (Originally due to arrive in Summer 2023)
- Ironheart (Originally due to arrive in Fall 2023)
- Secret Invasion (Originally due to arrive in early 2023)
- What If? (Originally due to arrive in early 2023)
- X-Men ’97 (Originally due to arrive in Fall 2023)
- Spider-Man: Freshman Year (Originally due to arrive in 2024)
- Agatha: Coven Of Chaos (Originally due to arrive in late 2023)
Here’s an example of the update:
Ultimately, these pages needed to have been updated a while ago, but following the restructing of the entertainment division following the closure of the DMED (Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution), many official Disney websites have been going through some “ownership” changes within the company. Currently, Marvel’s official website, is still listing the older release windows for shows, so expect that to be changed soon.
One of the big problems that Disney has created, was back at the Investor Day in late 2020; Disney announced dozens of new shows and films that would be coming to Disney+ in the years ahead, in the way of boosting the stock price and keeping the company moving forward during the middle of the pandemic. While it worked at the time, as time has gone on, with changes in leadership, a shift in focusing on profitability rather than growth and lots of other issues that have happened over the last few years, some of these projects have either been delayed or even cancelled.
While these updates could be seen as a disappointment, it’s best for Disney to update these pages to something more generic, while the release schedule is still in flux. Falsely advertising when new originals are coming to the platform isn’t good for anyone. Ultimately, with this small update, just sets fans’ expectations in check and provides subscribers with the correct information.
What do you think of Disney making these adjustments on the official website?