Franchise Profile: Disney

A profile of the main cast of characters behind The Walt Disney Company’s most successful franchises.

Lucasfilm (Acquisition)

Indiana Jones franchise


    • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
    • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
    • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

Notable directors: Steven Spielberg

Notable screenwriters: George Lucas, Jeffrey Boam, Lawrence Kasdan, David Koepp, Jeff Nathanson, Philip Kaufman

Notable actors: Harrison Ford, Shia Lebeouf, Sean Connery

Star Wars franchise


    • Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
    • Episodes V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    • Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
    • Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
    • Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
    • Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
    • Episode VII (2015) (not released)

Notable directors: George Lucas,

Notable screenwriters: George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan, Jonathan Hales

Notable actors: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, James Earl Jones, Ian McDiarmid, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Max Von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie, Adam Driver

Other notables: Rick McCallum

Marvel (Acquisition)

Films (selected, from live-action Marvel/Avengers franchise):

    • Iron Man (2008) (pre-acquisition)
    • Iron Man 2 (2010)
    • Thor (2011)
    • Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
    • The Avengers (2012)
    • Iron Man 3 (2013)
    • Thor: The Dark World (2013)
    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
    • Guardians of the Galaxy (2o14) (not released)
    • Big Hero 6 (2014) (not released)
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) (not released)
    • Ant-Man (2015) (not released)
    • Captain America 3 (2016) (not released)

Notable directors: Joss Whedon, Jon Favreau, Kenneth Branaugh, Anthony and Joe Russo, James Gunn, Shane Black

Notable screenwriters: Shane Black, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Don Payne,  Mark Fergus, Christopher Yost, Joss Whedon, Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Justin Theroux

Notable actors: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johannson, Jeremy Renner, Clark Gregg, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Rene Russo, Mark Ruffalo, Gwenyth Paltrow, Sebastian Stan, Kat Dennings, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Josh Brolin

Other notables: Stan Lee



    • Toy Story (1995)
    • A Bug’s Life (1998)
    • Toy Story 2 (1999)
    • Monsters, Inc. (2001)
    • Finding Nemo (2003)
    • The Incredibles (2004)
    • Cars (2006)
    • Ratatouille (2007)
    • WALL•E (2008)
    • Up (2009)
    • Toy Story 3 (2010)
    • Cars 2 (2011)
    • Brave (2012)
    • Cars 2 (2013)
    • Inside Out (2015) (not released)
    • The Good Dinosaur (2015) (not released)
    • Finding Dory (2016) (not released)

Notable directors: John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

Notable screenwriters: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Brad Bird, Joe Ranft, Daniel Gerson, Dan Scanlon, Lee Unkrich

Notable actors: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Ellen Degeneres, John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter

Pirates of the Caribbean


    • The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
    • Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
    • At World’s End (2007)
    • On Stranger Tides (2011)
    • Dead Men Tell No Tales (2016) (not released)

Notable directors: Gore Verbinski, Rob Marshall, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg

Notable screenwriters: Terry Rossio, Ted Elliott, Jeff Nathanson, Stuart Beattie, Jay Wolpert

Notable actors: Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Jack Davenport, Naomie Harris, Bill Nighy, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane

Other notables: Jerry Bruckheimer

Still to come: The Muppets, The Chronicles of Narnia and Disney Animated Features