BURBANK, Calif. — A new series featuring Marvel’s Loki; two more featuring characters from the “Star Wars” universe; and another based on the “High School Musical” films are among the highlights of Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney+.

The much-anticipated, ad-free service will launch Nov. 12, and will cost subscribers $6.99 per month, with an annual option available for $69.99. (Netflix’s most popular plan is $12.99 a month.) Some new series and films will be available at launch, with others scheduled for later premieres.

Highlights include “Loki,” an eight-episode series starring Tom Hiddleston, who has played the iconic villain in Marvel’s box-office blockbusters, and two “Star Wars” series, including “The Mandalorian,” which follows a bounty hunter (Pedro Pascal), and a spy series featuring Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) of “Star Wars: Rogue One,” that will premiere during the first season of the service. “Mandalorian,” which completed filming, will be available at launch, with the untitled Andor series arriving during the second year.

Original films that will premiere exclusively on the service include in the first year of the service include: “Lady & the Tramp;” featuring the voices Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux; “Noelle,” a Christmas-themed film starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader; a “Phineas and Ferb” film; and “Stargirl,” a high school story which that features “America’s Got Talent” winner Grace VanderWaal.

In addition to Pixar’s animation library, Disney+ will launch two projects tied to Pixars’s “Toy Story,” whose fourth film premieres in theaters this summer: “Forky Asks a Question,” a series of animated short stories featuring a new “Toy Story 4” character, and “Lamp Life,” a short film in which Bo Peep, who wasn’t in “Toy Story 3,” explains what she was doing at that time.

In addition to new series and films, the service will launch with nine “Star Wars” theatrical films, with three more arriving during the first year, and will be the exclusive subscription video-on-demand home of all 30 seasons of “The Simpsons,” a crown jewel of the 20th Century Fox studio, which Disney acquired last month.

“Captain Marvel,” the Brie Larson Marvel superhero film that premiered in theaters in March, will be available to subscribers on launch day. Other 2019 films that eventually will become available include “Avengers: Endgame,” “Aladdin,” “Toy Story 4,” “The Lion King” and “Frozen 2.”

Disney said the service will launch with more than 7,500 episodes of television and 400 film titles, including 100 recent ones. Available films range from classics, including “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and “Mary Poppins” to the more recent “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. The service also will pull from the Fox library, with such titles as “The Sound of Music” and “The Princess Bride.”

By Year 5, Disney hopes to offer more than 50 episodic series and 10 new movies and specials per year. The company expects 60 to 90 million subscribers by fiscal year 2024, with one-third of subscribers coming form the U.S.

The giant entertainment company flexed its programming muscle in unveiling  plans for Disney+ Thursday at an investor presentation on its studio lot. After an opening clip featuring mountains of movie and TV clips, Disney CEO Robert Iger told analysts and reporters that “the video you just watched told a powerful tale about where we’ve been and what we’ve accomplished. It should also give you a strong sense of what we can do and what we’re building from,” he said. “For decades, these companies have been entertaining the world at the highest levels, creating an indelible connection with billions of people and a treasure trove of long-lasting content” that  “no other content or technology company can rival.”

The new service will feature new and existing programming from Disney’s film and animation studios, “Star Wars,” Marvel, Pixar and National Geographic, which it acquired along with the FX network as part of the Fox deal. 

Here’s a rundown of other new and existing programming:

Marvel 

Besides “Loki,” Disney+ will launch two more series based on Marvel Cinematic Universe characters, “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” (Year 1 of Disney+) with Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan returning as the characters they played in Marvel films; and “WandaVision” (Year 2), which brings together Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany). 

‘Star Wars’ 

Besides the new series, 12 new episodes of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” will premiere exclusively on Disney+.

Pixar

Building off the “Monsters, Inc.” films, Pixar is making a new series, “Monsters at Work,” that will premiere in the first year of the new service and feature the voices of returning Billy Crystal and John Goodman. 

 

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