Disney+ is set for a huge audio upgrade – thanks to Freddie Mercury

Taking things to the IMAX

Queen Rock Montreal
(Image credit: IMAX)

Freddie Mercury was superhuman, but he wasn't literally a superhero. Despite that, the Disney+ release of Queen's concert film Queen Rock Montreal next month is bringing with it a boost for Marvel fans everywhere. Better sound. 

On the 15th of May the movie (which has been an IMAX sensation) will hit the platform as the first concert movie that you can stream at home with IMAX-enhanced sound using DTS:X spatial audio. At the same time, 18 of the biggest Marvel movies will receive the same audio upgrade. So when can Freddie expect his Avengers invite? 

Although other streaming services have Dolby Atmos, Disney+ is the first major streaming service to implement IMAX-enhanced audio. DTS X will give those with the right equipment the chance to listen to true spatial audio with more immersive directional sound. So you can feel in the crowd as Queen rock out or part of the battle as The Avengers take on Thanos. 

How to use DTS:X sound

Unfortunately, you won't get the full benefit of IMAX-enhanced sound if you don't have the right gear. Much like its spatial audio rival Dolby Atmos, you'll need to make sure your setup is DTS-certified. Luckily the likes of Sony, Hisense, Sharp, Xiaomi all make DTS-compatible equipment while many of the best AV receivers from the likes of Denon are also ready. 

Which movies will recieve IMAX enhanced sound? 

Avengers Endgame

(Image credit: Disney)

Aside from Queen Rock Montreal, all of the films announced so far are Marvel superhero movies, that's not to say more won't make their way to DTS X but the blockbuster natutre of superhero movies does lend themselves to big action scenes that require big audio. 

Here are the 18 confirmed movies:

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Doctor Strange
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Eternals
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol. 2)
  • Black Panther
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol. 3)
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • The Marvels
  • Black Widow
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Captain Marvel
Andy Sansom
Staff Writer

Andy is T3's Tech Staff Writer, covering all things technology, including his biggest passions such as gaming, AI, phones, and basically anything cool and expensive he can get his hands on. If he had to save one possession from a fire it would be his PlayStation 5. He previously worked for Tom’s Guide - where he got paid to play with ChatGPT every day. When it comes to streaming, Andy will have his headphones glued in whilst watching something that will make him laugh. He studied Creative Writing at university, but also enjoys supporting his favourite football team (Liverpool), watching F1, teaching himself guitar, and spending time with his dog.