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Disney has announced that it is upgrading 13 Marvel movies to IMAX’s Expanded Aspect Ratio on Disney+. What does IMAX without the giant screen actually mean? Basically, you’ll get a slightly taller aspect ratio when watching these movies, which will shrink the black bars along the top and bottom of the screen.

“For the first time ever, fans will be able to stream some of their favorite Marvel titles in IMAX’s Expanded Aspect Ratio at home with IMAX Enhanced on Disney+, launching on November 12th as part of Disney’s company-wide Disney+ Day global celebration,” said Disney in a press release.

It’s important to note that the Marvel movies aren’t going to be shown in the full IMAX aspect ratio of 1.43:1. Instead, you’ll get to watch movies in a 1.90:1 aspect ratio, which is close to the 16:9 ratio of standard widescreen TVs.

In total, the extra aspect ratio will offer up to 26% more picture for select sequences. Of course, the selected sequences in the key phrase there, as not all parts of all movies will get the extra screen real estate. Some movies, such as Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame were shot entirely in IMAX format.

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Here’s the complete list of movies getting IMAX’s Expanded Aspect Ratio to Disney+:

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Black Panther
  • Black Widow
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Captain Marvel
  • Doctor Strange
  • Iron Man
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  • Thor: Ragnarok

Starting on November 12, you’ll notice smaller black bars when you watch one of the above Marvel movies. However, in the future, Disney+ will offer immersive IMAX signature sound by DTS. Jon Kirchner, chief executive officer of Xperi, said, “DTS is proud to be an integral part of IMAX Enhanced and we are looking forward to unlocking more exciting technology for Disney+ subscribers in the future, which will include immersive IMAX signature sound by DTS.”

So for now, the only change you’ll notice is a little more screen real estate being used, but in the future, you’ll get that and improved sound quality.

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