Marvel has caught lightning in a bottle with its slate of street-level superhero shows on Netflix, but fans better enjoy it while it lasts — because future super-shows will almost certainly not be on the ubiquitous streaming service.
It’s no secret Disney is hard at work on its own streaming service, and the Mouse House doesn’t plan to renew its lucrative deal with Netflix once it expires in 2019, according to The Wall Street Journal. Disney currently makes around $300 million a year for letting Netflix stream flicks like Doctor Strange and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but the studio is making a longterm bet that fans will follow those franchises over to its own niche streaming service once it launches in the next year or so.
For superhero fans, that means big changes could be in store for folks like Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Daredevil and Iron Fist. Those series — as well as the Defenders miniseries where all the heroes kicked butt together — have become fan favorites over the past few years (well, expect for Danny Rand’s solo series, ahem).
No word on what Disney’s future plans could mean for those specific series and any seasons beyond the ones already planned, but the Journal’s report made clear that “new Marvel shows in the future are expected to live on the company’s own streaming service.”
Obviously, it’s far too soon to jump to conclusions here. Even with its own streaming service on the way, Disney has continued to cut deals with streaming services in the meantime (Runaways debuts later this month on Hulu, and there are multiple new seasons of Netflix shows already in production). Disney knows they have some hits on their hands at Netflix, and if those shows are still successful and creatively viable, it stands to reason they’ll cut the deals to keep them rolling — be it on Netflix, or Disney’s service. Or anywhere else.
But, this report makes it clear that Disney sees a big part of its future in streaming, so you might want to go ahead and put a few bucks back. Because if you want to keep up with Marvel’s small screen adventures over the next year or two, it’s gonna cost you.
(Via The Wall Street Journal)