One of the many perks of Disney+? Unlike other streaming services, which have sought to cut down on content sharing, you can have four different streams going at once as well as seven different profiles under one account. (Since Disney+ is intended largely to be a family-oriented product, given their content, having multiple options for one account makes perfect sense.) Just like Netflix, Disney+ lets you choose a specific icon to represent your personal profile, so don’t worry if your sibling or significant other likes Buzz Lightyear better than Anna or Elsa. But depending on who your favorite Disney family character is, you may not be totally happy with what your options are.
To pick your own profile picture, navigate to the top right corner of your home screen and click on “Add Profile.” You’ll be met with a number of avatar options, broken up into categories such as Featured, Disney (a combination of Disney and Pixar films such as Zootopia, Lilo and Stitch, and Tangled), Star Wars, Marvel, National Geographic, Pixar, Kids, Mickey Mouse & Friends, Disney Classics, Disney Princess, Villains, and Disney Channel.
While it seems like there’s an abundance of choices, don’t expect to see all of your favorite characters on there…especially if they’re not of the animated Disney variety. For example, it’s disappointing that while Marvel’s selection includes Thanos, Baby Groot, and Ant-Man among the heavy hitters, it fails to include any notable female characters such as Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Scarlet Witch, Gamora, or Nebula. (It’s worth noting there is a Wasp icon, the lone female Avenger to make an appearance in the Marvel section. But like Ant-Man, her face is covered by her helmet.) Star Wars fans, on the other hand, have a little more variety when it comes to character options (which are mostly droids, creatures, and Stormtroopers) including great Star Wars: Rebel characters like Ashoka and Sabine. But those who love space’s original princess Leia Organa, or even Han Solo or Luke Skywalker, will be disappointed to find that those characters aren’t available.
Given that available characters in both the Marvel and Star Wars sections are either animated, CGI-generated, or ones who use face covers—and given that it seems unlikely both of these properties wouldn’t want to take the time to promote certain characters given upcoming anticipated releases like The Rise of Skywalker and Black Widow—it’s entirely possible that the absence of certain characters stems less from a purposeful lack of inclusion and more from an issue with likenesses, something that other categories obviously don’t have to worry about.
However, it’s worth noting there are multiple options for those who love their Disney Channel content, and should you be so inclined, you can pick your avatar to be the smiling (human) face of Lizzie McGuire or anyone from High School Musical. In the regular Disney category, you can choose Dove Cameron’s Mal from The Descendants.
Whether the issue behind the lack of some of our favorite heroes is beyond the control of Disney+ or not, we can only hope that in the coming weeks or months, Disney will have the opportunity to add more options when it comes to icon selection. If nothing else, to give some much needed representation to some of our favorite franchises.
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