25 Star Wars and Marvel characters responsible for making Disney+ a success

There are the top 25 most important characters to Disney Plus. They're the reason people sign up for the service and keep their subscription going.

Darth Vader image courtesy of Starwars.com
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MOON KNIGHT
Oscar Isaac as Marc Spector in Marvel Studios' MOON KNIGHT, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Gabor Kotschy. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved. /

21. Moon Knight

Actor: Oscar Isaac

"This is real. I’m real.” – Marc Spector

Charlie Huston breathed life into Moon Knight in Marvel Comics. His series The Bottom was a masterclass on how to retcon a character. Giving him multiple personalities and confirming that Khonshu helped his lore. After that, Marvel Comics fans wanted him to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After the show’s announcement, people couldn’t wait to see what he’d be like. Moon Knight didn’t disappoint.

The problem with Moon Knight is his character can be more violent than anything we’ve seen in the MCU. Realistically, he should have been one of Marvel’s Netflix projects. He'd fit in with Daredevil and Jessica Jones. However, saving him for Disney Plus was a good idea because those shows may not exist in the current continuity. Still, adapting him to the MCU remained a concern. Thankfully, the creative team made the proper adjustments. 

Before Moon Knight the three previous shows were What If…?, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Hawkeye. They weren’t bad programs, but they weren’t Loki or WandaVision. People started to wonder if the Marvel shows were a flash in the pan. Moon Knight premiered and stopped those doubts. Without his addition, Disney Plus would have lost subscribers. Instead, people signed up to see the Lunar Legionnaire.

STAR WARS: AHSOKA
(L-R): Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and Ahsoka Tano (Ariana Greenblatt) in Lucasfilm's STAR WARS: AHSOKA, exclusively on Disney+. ©2023 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved. /

20. Anakin Skywalker

Actor: Hayden Christensen, Matt Lanter

“The best way I can protect you is to teach you how to protect yourself.” -Anakin Skywalker

The Star Wars prequels (episodes 1-3) are always met with good or horrible reviews. The people who saw the original films detested what they were seeing. It was like their childhood was being taken from them. For others, it was a grand introduction and origin to classic characters. Among them was Anakin Skywalker. The man who became Darth Vader.

It’s funny that younger generations like the prequels, and still think Hayden Christensen’s Anakin Skywalker is atrocious. It’s become popular to watch him in action just to see how bad he is. As fun as that may be, hearing him say, “I don't like sand, it's coarse, rough, irritating, and gets everywhere.” remains a cringy and awful scene.