MCU Movies Are Getting an IMAX Format on Disney+
Disney+ is adding a new IMAX expanded aspect ratio feature for 13 Marvel titles, including Shang-Chi, which debuts on November 12, the same day the new viewing format launches.
IMAX Enhanced on Disney+ will allow subscribers to experience more of the action at home with an expanded aspect ratio of 1:90:1, which offers up to 25% more picture for select sequences and ensures that the filmmakers’ creative intent is fully optimized for the presentation. IMAX Enhanced will also bring immersive DTS sound to the movies in the future.
The titles available in the IMAX Enhanced format at launch include Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings, together with Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and The Wasp, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, and Black Widow.
“Disney, Marvel Studios, and IMAX have collaborated for years to bring the world’s most popular films to the big screen, and on Friday we’ll start to bring IMAX technology to subscribers with IMAX Enhanced viewing,” said Disney+ President Michael Paull. “We’re thrilled to create new value for Marvel fans and audiences on Disney+, and we’re looking forward to offering even more IMAX Enhanced functionality in the future.”
“IMAX, Disney, and Marvel Studios are giving the fans what they want: the most immersive viewing experience throughout the life of a Marvel Studios film, from exclusive theatrical release to the library at-home where they can now watch the Avengers assemble with more picture than ever before.” added Rich Gelfond, CEO of IMAX.
Disney+ is the first major streaming service to elevate the at-home viewing experience with IMAX Enhanced, rewarding its subscribers with new ways to re-experience the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including the likes of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, which were shot entirely with IMAX digital cameras.
In addition, Phase 4 movies such as Black Widow and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will also be available to stream in IMAX’s Expanded aspect ratio. The Simu Liu-starring feature will be free to all subscribers as part of the Disney+ Day celebrations coming up on Friday, November 12.
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