Avengers: Endgame will be available on home media later this year, but will it come to Netflix too? The culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's sprawling, 22-film Infinity Saga debuted in theaters in late April and proceeded to become unlike any film event in history. Opening to an incredible $1.2 billion after its first weekend, Endgame is on pace to become the highest-grossing movie of all-time, dethroning James Cameron's Avatar. After just 11 days, it became the fifth film to hit the $2 billion mark.
This unprecedented success is a testament to how far the MCU has come since Iron Man. At one point, the first Avengers movie was deemed too ambitious a project, and now Marvel is behind the biggest film franchise ever. And as phenomenal as their box office numbers are, several fans enjoy rewatching the movies from the comfort of their own home. So, will Netflix be one of the options when it comes time to see Endgame again?
Sadly for Netflix subscribers, the answer is no. While a handful of MCU movies are available on the streaming service right now (like Black Panther and Thor: Ragnarok), Endgame will never come to Netflix. Instead, it'll go straight to Disney+, which launches in North America this November.
It really isn't surprising this is the case. Captain Marvel, which came out a month prior to Endgame, will be the first Marvel movie to skip Netflix entirely. While that decision did cost Disney $150 million in operating income, it makes a lot of sense. Disney+ is being positioned as a top Netflix competitor, taking advantage of the wealth of programming in the Disney library. At launch, the service won't just have a multitude of the studio's in-house titles, but also several offerings from their popular subsidiaries. Of course, having access to the MCU library is a major selling point for Disney+, so Marvel isn't going to put any more of their titles on Netflix.
As the streaming wars heat up, it's frustrating for fans that in order to watch everything they want, they need to subscribe to two or more services. Netflix keeps raising their prices, which makes it difficult for some to budget multiple payments. On the bright side, Disney+ is going to cost a reasonable $6.99 per month at the start, so perhaps maintaining Netflix and Disney+ subscriptions will be doable. After all, the former keeps producing original content viewers are interested in while the latter will have everyone's favorite franchise installments all in one place. Having both feels like it'll be a necessity.
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