The Disney+ package gets sweeter by the day. Prepare to recapture your youth – X-Men: The Animated Series will be available on the streaming platform.
The titanic new entry in the streaming arena will bring with it a roster of classic 90s animated shows at launch, amid a catalogue of other beloved and new material.
This includes, but isnt limited to: Spider-Man (1994), Spider-Woman (1979), Spider-Man (1981), Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, Iron Man (1994), Fantastic Four (1994), Incredible Hulk, Silver Surfer, and Spider-Man Unlimited.
Disney+ will have classic Marvel animated series like X-Men 92, Spider-Man 94, Spider-Woman 79, Spider-Man 81, Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, Iron Man 94, Fantastic Four 94, Incredible Hulk, Silver Surfer, and Spider-Man Unlimited. pic.twitter.com/Yzj3DiZtwg
— Disney+ Updates (@moredisneyplus) September 12, 2019
GJ Kooijman, an established podcaster from the Netherlands, is currently beta-testing the service (lucky swine).
He shared a number of excited tweets after discovering the treasure trove of cartoons, writing after finding the mutant teams show: Holy shit. The original X Men Animated series is on Disney Plus?!?!
Holy shit. The original X Men Animated series is on Disney Plus?!?! pic.twitter.com/D7qBAwY70d
— GJ Kooijman (@gjkooijman) September 12, 2019
There is a small caveat: they might not be universally available, according to Kooijman. He wrote on Twitter: This *could* be for the Netherlands only and the US might not get all these shows. For example this is the MCU content available in #DisneyPlus for me while its been said it would be smaller for the US.
Disney+ officially launches in the US, Canada and Netherlands on November 12 – but the UK wont see the service until 2020.
All of the Marvel animated shows will be available to watch in the UK – but why do we need to wait?
Its all a licensing issue: Disney may have bought 20th Century Fox, but there are still television deals in place for European networks. Unfortunately for us, these contracts cant be scrubbed at the drop of a hat, so they simply need to run their course.
As per Wired, Simon Brew, editor of Film Stories magazine, explained:
Its a temporary problem, and not unique to the UK… 20th Century Fox has pre-existing deals with broadcasters and streamers, signed before Disney took it over.
And Disney itself had long and rich contracts with the likes of Sky. Ideally, Disney would have liked to have bought Sky too, but it was effectively gazumped by Comcast.