Disney is gearing up to launch its own streaming service, and the Mouse House plans to leverage all its future goodies to make the service as strong as possible. That’s good news for Disney, but bad news for Netflix.
A New York Times deep dive into the work behind Disney’s upcoming streaming service has confirmed that, not surprisingly, Marvel plans to shift future MCU films to its own streaming service instead of continuing a lucrative deal with Netflix to stream the films there. To that end, Ant-Man and the Wasp looks to be the last MCU film to come to Netflix (once it eventually makes its home release and streaming debut), while the upcoming Captain Marvel will be the first MCU tentpole to stream on Disney’s own streaming service.
The break between films will be timed with the end of Disney and Netflix’s liscening deal, which the studio plans to not renew in an effort to clear the way for all those superhero flicks to beef up its own streaming back catalog. It’s no surprise to see Marvel wants to keep some of its strongest IP all to itself to better position it’s streaming service. But for fans, it means yet another subscription service to pay for. Disney is hoping it’ll be a small price to pay (at least we hope it'll be a small price) for the Mouse House’s deep, deep vault of material.
Of course, adding the MCU back (and future) catalog is only a small piece of the puzzle. Disney is planning a live action Star Wars show from Jon Favreau, numerous fresh originals based on properties like Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Monsters Inc., and even a new Marvel show (though the Defenders heroes are currently set to stay at Netflix).
With the MCU set to start a new era in the wake of Avengers 4, it seems the next phase of the MCU will be compiled at Disney’s streaming home as a one stop shop. Sorry, Netflix.
(Via The New York Times)