Yesterday, Disney made big waves announcement its streaming service and end of its Netflix deal in 2019. As someone who’s casually watched Marvel films on Netflix this definitely is a huge deal. But here’s a significant question on the eve of Netflix premiering Marvel’s The Defenders on Aug. 18. How will this impact Marvel Netflix?
Netflix has provided a quality outlet for shows that are more violent than you’d see on ABC shows like Agents of SHIELD or Agent Carter. Audiences have strongly responded to the Marvel Netflix lineup of Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. And fans didn’t totally hate Iron Fist. Mostly. The Marvel Netflix brand continues to expand with new additions The Defenders and The Punisher. But could they be getting a new address?
Here was Disney’s statement on the move:
The Walt Disney Company announced today that it has agreed to acquire majority ownership of BAMTech, LLC and will launch its ESPN-branded multi-sport video streaming service in early 2018, followed by a new Disney-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service in 2019.
The new Disney-branded service will become the exclusive home in the U.S. for subscription-video-on-demand viewing of the newest live action and animated movies from Disney and Pixar, beginning with the 2019 theatrical slate, which includes Toy Story 4, the sequel to Frozen, and The Lion King from Disney live-action, along with other highly anticipated movies. Disney will also make a significant investment in an annual slate of original movies, TV shows, short-form content and other Disney-branded exclusives for the service. Additionally, the service will feature a vast collection of library content, including Disney and Pixar movies and Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD television programming.
With this strategic shift, Disney will end its distribution agreement with Netflix for subscription streaming of new releases, beginning with the 2019 calendar year theatrical slate.
On the surface that just means Disney is taking its catalogue including Marvel Studios, Pixar and Star Wars films to this new service. But there’s no better way to immediately raise interest in the streaming service than bringing over already popular shows to the Disney stream. Calls and emails to Disney and Marvel weren’t returned for comment.
Bringing the Marvel Netflix shows to Disney stream would definitely be a selling point for Marvel fans. Marvel and Netflix have generally been slow to make announcements about upcoming seasons. We know Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist second seasons are in the works. Daredevil’s third season is set for 2018. Iron Fist season 2 is slated for 2019, the last year of the Disney brand appearing on Netflix.
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The press release also mentioned Disney will put out an annual slate of original movies and TV shows. That model has made Netflix a major player in the modern TV viewing era. Beyond moving the Marvel Netflix shows to the Disney streaming service, this could pave the way for films that don’t require series like Blade or Ghost Rider.
Short-form content seems like an ideal way to deliver more installments on Agent Carter. Or maybe something really out of the box like a Black Widow or Hawkeye spin-off? They’d be cost effective and could work in that format.
What do you think? Rather see the Marvel Netflix shows remain where they are or switch to Disney’s new service?