About a year ago, Disney announced its plans to launch their own streaming service platform. The new streaming platform would mean that Disney’s current content existing on Netflix would be pulled from the platform and featured exclusively on Disney’s new streaming site. At the time of the announcement, the future of Marvel and Lucasfilm productions was still up in the air as the studio was participating in active discussions and negotiations surrounding those properties.
A new report from the New York Times has revealed that Disney does have plans for the streaming release all Marvel films to be housed on their new streaming service. In order to accomplish this, Disney is allowing their lucrative deal with Netflix to expire in the upcoming months. Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp looks like it will be the last Marvel film to be streamed on Netflix. Starting with Captain Marvel, all Walt Disney Studios films will be released to the Disney streaming service rather than to Netflix at the time of the film’s digital streaming release.
For right now, at least, this would only impact Walt Disney Studios films. According to a Disney spokesperson, at this time, there are “no current plans” for Marvel television series to move from Netflix to the Disney service.
It has also been previously confirmed that long-time Star Wars fan and Emmy-nominated producer/actor Jon Favreau has officially signed onboard to executive produce and write the upcoming live-action series which would air on Disney’s new platform.
Pricing for the new platform has not yet been revealed and, at this point, there is not much else known about Disney’s plans. Speaking on the streaming service last year, Disney CEO Bob Iger said:
[row]“We’re building direct-to-consumer Disney service. We’ve had a good relationship with Netflix. They have been distributing in the pay window Disney-branded movies and Pixar-branded movies, Marvel, and Star Wars. We had a deal that gave us the option to move our films from the Netflix platform to somewhere else — starting with the calendar year 2019 slate and that’s what we’re doing. So we’re creating a Disney-branded service that will have those movies on it, and if you look at the 2019 slate, it includes Frozen 2, Toy Story 4, and a live-action remake of Lion King.”[/row]
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