With Season 4 of Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir having wrapped up in June 2021 and Season 5 slated for 2022, it's the perfect time for newcomers and longtime fans alike to binge watch this popular gang of teenage superheroes. Season 5 promises some dramatic changes with characters' pasts revealed, Hawkmoth's acquisition of new powers and the secret of Marinette and Adrien's true identities constantly at risk. Here's a look at why and how to begin watching Miraculous today.
What Is Miraculous Ladybug?
Miraculous Ladybug tells the story of Marinette Dupain-Cheng, a Parisian teen who possesses the ability to become the hero Ladybug and helps defend the city along with Cat Noir, who is actually her classmate Adrien. Marinette and Adrien have no clue as to the other's alter ego, and an adventure of secret identities and superpowers begins.
Why Should I Watch Miraculous Ladybug?
Miraculous Ladybug keeps things fresh and exciting with a dynamic cast of ever-growing superheroes, from Rena Rouge to Vesperia. Each hero uses a Miraculous that grants them powers related to a certain animal, and there are several Miraculous that have yet to make an appearance. Marinette and Adrien dance around each other in an intricate web of lies in a romance that is certain to come to a head soon.
Donning their masks allows both teens to show different sides of themselves that have avoided detection thus far, with Cat Noir repeatedly declaring his devotion to Ladybug while Marinette is not-so-secretly in love with Adrien -- with no idea he is constantly at her side fighting crime. While most everyone roots for Marinette and Adrien, the question of whether their love can ever come to fruition becomes more pertinent with each passing season. Miraculous Ladybug does an excellent job of balancing humor and suspense with enjoyable and complex characters, so even someone who doesn't normally enjoy superhero shows or romantic hijinks can find something to love.
Where Can I Watch Miraculous Ladybug Online?
Disney+ has the rights to all four aired seasons, as well as the upcoming Season 5. Any streaming service that includes Disney+ in the bundle also gives access to Miraculous Ladybug, while Netflix currently streams Seasons 1-3. All require a paid subscription.
Season 4 of Miraculous Ladybug is available for free on the Disneynow website and app. Though complete access requires a participating TV provider or service such as YouTube TV, it is still possible to watch full episodes for free without a provider or service.
Where Can I Find Miraculous Ladybug Specials Online?
The Miraculous Christmas special is available on Netflix and Disney+, while the movie Miraculous World: New York, United Heroez can be found exclusively on Disney+.
Where Can I Find Miraculous Ladybug Manga?
A Miraculous Ladybug manga adaptation was released in June 2021. So far it's only available in Japanese with no known legal translations, while an English release has not been announced. However, for those craving more, a comic book series was released in 2017 and has been continued into five volumes which are available in bookstores, Google Play, Audible, and Amazon. The comic, beginning with The Trash Kraken, features an original story about Ladybug and Cat Noir and has been praised as a faithful portrayal of characters while still focusing on fresh material.
When Is the New Miraculous Ladybug Series Available?
Miraculous: Adventures of Ladybug and Cat Noir will return for Season 5 in Summer 2022. It is unknown whether the show will air on Disney Channel or be exclusive to Disney+. If it does air on network television, Hulu Live, Sling TV and fuboTV are all excellent options to watch the show in the absence of a network provider. Since Disney+ has claimed rights to all seasons, Season 5 will likely become available there and possibly Disneynow as well, though it's uncertain how long Netflix will hold onto its rights.