If Netflix has its way, Star Wars won’t be going far, far away.
The streaming service is currently in “active discussions” with Disney to retain streaming rights to its Marvel and Lucasfilm catalog even after the Mouse House hightails it from Netflix and kicks off its own online streaming platform in 2019.
In an interview with Reuters, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said that “we are still in active discussions" with Disney about a plan to continue carrying Marvel and Lucasfilm titles after 2019. He also added that Disney's service would be "complementary" to Netflix.
Keeping both Lucasfilm and Marvel titles on Netflix past 2019 would be a huge boon to the service: The Lucasfilm stable alone include the juggernaut, as-yet-untitled Star Wars: Episode IX, while the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a slew of eagerly anticipated films coming down the pike, including Captain Marvel, a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy 3, and a fourth Avengers film, which just booted up production.
Disney announced on Tuesday its plans to exit Netflix and launch a stand-alone streaming service, adding that the new platform is expected to carry live-action and animated titles from Disney and Pixar. It didn’t, however, specifically mention how its roster of Marvel or Lucasfilm properties would be impacted.
Netflix began carrying Disney’s catalog of offerings in 2016, after announcing in 2012 that a deal between the two media titans was underway.