In an era where streaming platforms have seemingly no problem taking original content off the service and dropping them into limbo, Disney has announced that it’s going to make sure that fans can always enjoy their favorite Marvel and Star Wars shows… as long as they’re willing to pay extra for the pleasure.
Disney has announced new 4K UHD and Blu-ray releases for Marvel’s WandaVision and Loki season 1, as well as the first two seasons of Lucasfilm’s The Mandalorian, marking each show’s first physical release — and the first sign that, in the future, the idea of 'Disney+ exclusive' might actually translate to, “wait awhile and it’ll show up on Blu-ray,” at least of the high-profile titles.
The release dates for each title — each will be releases in steelbook packaging featuring original art by Attila Szarka, and will also include concept art cards — are:
- Marvel Studios’ Loki: The Complete First Season– September 26, 2023
- Marvel Studios’ WandaVision: The Complete Series – November 28, 2023
- Star Wars The Mandalorian: The Complete First Season – December 12, 2023
- Star Wars The Mandalorian: The Complete Second Season – December 12, 2023
Only Loki has had any product information released; that set will be two discs whether 4k UHD or Blu-ray, and will have the following bonus features:
- Designing the TVA – Step into the incredible set of Loki Season 1 with Production Designer, Kasra Farahani, and Tom Hiddleston while getting a sneak peek into Season 2.
- The Official TVA Orientation Video – Miss Minutes explains the inner workings of the TVA timeline in her orientation video.
- Gag Reel – Take a look at some of the fun outtakes on set with the cast and crew of Loki Season 1.
- Deleted Scene: Loki’s Coronation – Mobius reviews some moments from Loki’s timeline, in which Frog Thor makes an appearance during Loki’s coronation.
- Deleted Scene: The Standoff – Loki holds Sylvie hostage against the TVA in a standoff.
- Assembled: The Making of Loki – Loki explores the series centering on the MCU’s chief mischief maker.
It’s worth noting that Disney has dragged its feet about releasing 'exclusive' streaming content physically; Netflix, Max, and other streamers have done so for years as ways of increasing the revenue of programming. With both WandaVision and Loki now officially announced, it’s simply a matter of time before the other Disney+ Marvel shows — including Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and the Falcon and Winter Soldier — show up on Blu-ray. If this keeps up, it’ll be fascinating to see if Disney+ subscriber numbers start to be impacted by fans wanting to ensure they can take everything home for good… and equally interesting to see if any of the shows already deleted off Disney+ will get physical releases…