Disney's move to launch its own streaming service could mean that future Marvel series might be exclusive to the upcoming platform. Since news broke out that the House of Mouse is venturing in the business of content streaming, many have started to wonder what will happen to their IPs currently airing in other on-demand channels, particularly Netflix, which currently houses some of the best Marvel shows like Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones. Now, as new information comes to light regarding the massive entertainment company's latest endeavor, the separation between Marvel and Netflix is apparently imminent.
Popular Marvel (and Star Wars) movies are making the move from Netflix to Disney's own platform after the two's lucrative deal expires in 2019. This means that die-hards should already start saving extra bucks if they want to enjoy repeat viewings of their favorite films from the aforementioned franchises. However, if that is not enough cause for you to spend more on the upcoming streaming service, perhaps wanting to enjoy future Marvel small screen offerings might just be the reason to convince you that the new on-demand channel could be worth the money.
A new report from WSJ reveals that all future Marvel series will be exclusively available on Disney's new service. And while there are no new projects currently announced past this month's The Punisher, we can bet that the company will be coming up with lots of content centering on these comic book characters after they've seen how good they can be for business:
"In pulling its movies from Netflix in 2019, Disney gave up an estimated $300-million-plus a year, people with knowledge of the arrangement said. And while it currently produces Marvel superhero series such as Daredevil for Netflix, new Marvel shows in the future are expected to live on the company’s own streaming service."
As for the existing shows that Netflix already houses such as Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, The Defenders and The Punisher, it has been confirmed that they will be staying on their original platform. This arrangement will also hold for future seasons and off-shoots of the aforementioned series.
To answer the same question from a few people: The Marvel shows currently on Netflix, and any spin-offs from them, will stay on that platform
— Ben Fritz (@benfritz) November 9, 2017
It will be interesting to see how this difference in platforms affects the shows narratively - whether they will all be presented to exist in the same reality like the MCU movies or not. It's likewise curious how this development will factor in on the already-in-development Marvel shows like Hulu's Runaways (set to debut later this month), Freeform's Cloak & Dagger, as well as, the yet-to-have a broadcasting channel, New Warriors plus their ABC-broadcasted offerings.
It makes sense that Disney is aggressively trying to consolidate their content and bring them to the in-development streaming platform in order to lure more potential patrons. Especially so, with their failed attempt to buy several factions of 2oth Century Fox that could have given them access to some popular big and small screen IPs. With that currently stalled, the company has to come up with a new business strategy that would justify the need to sign-up for the service, even if its price will supposedly be substantially lower compared to Netflix.