What’s Missing From the Disney Release Schedule?
The Walt Disney Company just released its updated release schedule for its movies and streaming titles.
We appreciate all the information, but we can’t help but noticing one title is missing. What is it, and why isn’t it listed?
About the Schedule
Nowadays, Disney divides its schedule into two parts. The first section shows upcoming releases on Hulu and Disney+.
Another section displays the planned upcoming theatrical release schedule, i.e., the films Disney will release at the local cineplex.
Typically, MickeyBlog updates you on any change to the release schedule. We also alert you to significant updates on streaming.
So, most of this information isn’t new to us or (hopefully) you.
I’d argue that Disney still lists four tentpole releases for the rest of 2023. Those are:
- A Haunting in Venice
- The Creator
- The Marvels
In 2023, Disney also intends to exhibit these titles, some of which could surprise at the box office:
- Next Goal Wins
- The Bikeriders
- Magazine Dreams
- Poor Things
- All of Us Strangers
I try to be reasonable with my expectations for Disney titles, especially in the wake of the disappointments with Haunted Mansion and Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.
As an example, I think the entire world is sleeping on The Creator, which will debut on September 29th.
Since nobody is talking about it yet, maybe I’m the one whose expectations are unreasonable, though.
Coming Soon to Streaming
Disney’s streaming schedule often proves a bit more…chaotic.
Let’s politely describe 2023 as challenging for all involved at Disney+ and Hulu.
Despite the disruptions behind the scenes, we’re in a golden age for Hulu.
The Bear recently claimed some of the strongest viewer numbers ever on the heels of its tremendous Emmy Awards showing.
Meanwhile, current new titles on Hulu include Only Murders in the Building, Justified: City Primeval, and Futurama.
If you asked me to name my favorite drama of the 21st century, I’d likely argue Battlestar Galactica or Justified. And Futurama is my favorite show ever.
So, I feel like I’m picking new shows for Hulu right now. It’s an embarrassment of riches for me personally.
The rest of the year is shaping up well for Disney/Hulu fans as well.
Upcoming releases include:
- High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (final season)
- Solar Opposites (season 4)
- Ahsoka (first season)
- Dancing with the Stars (second season on digital)
- The Kardashians (season 4)
- The D’Amelio Show (season 3)
- American Horror Stories (latest Hulu season)
- Loki (season 2)
Plus, we’ll watch the streaming debuts of various theatrical releases, including:
- The Boogeyman
- Haunted Mansion
- Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
- The Little Mermaid
One show is missing, though, and its absence raises plenty of questions.
In previous documentation, Disney+ had indicated that Echo would debut in 2023.
As a reminder, that spinoff series follows on the heels of one of Disney’s most popular streaming titles ever, Hawkeye.
We met the character of Maya Lopez in that series. Now, she becomes the focal point of Echo.
However, turmoil behind the scenes has suggested that this program…might not be good.
We already witnessed this scenario with Secret Invasion, whose final episode is the worst-reviewed one of any MCU series ever on Disney+.
Given the prevalence of alleged Marvel insiders, we get stories like this for pretty much every production these days.
So, I’m inclined to dismiss this one as baseless. However, the lack of listing Echo on the earnings call report is…odd.
Those images show everything upcoming, including titles that don’t have confirmed dates yet.
Echo should be there as a potential 2023 release…but it’s not.
Hopefully, the explanation doesn’t involve quality, though. Instead, Disney+ may have delayed the project to fill an upcoming content gap.
The Writers Guild of America strike recently surpassed 100 days, and actors joined them a month ago.
If Disney+ lacks viable content in 2024, this delay would make sense in that the service could stream Echo then.
Even if Echo isn’t a grand slam, it’s still a Marvel series Disney+ could air at a time when it has no other content.
I presume that’s the real reason it’s not listed. Then again, in the wake of Secret Invasion’s lackluster performance, nothing would surprise me.
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