Netflix is still in active talks with Marvel over potentially retaining streaming rights to Marvel and Star Wars movies after 2019, which is the date Disney has defined for when itll remove Disney and Pixar movies from the subscription service in favor of its own in-house Disney streaming offering.
We already knew the fate of Disneys Marvel co-production TV indicates, including Daredevil, The Punisher, Jessica Jones, Iron fist, Luke Cage and The Defenders was not subject to the new arranging Disney announced earlier this week. These ongoing talks around feature-length Marvel and Lucasfilm-made movies disclose those could also still have a future at Neftlix.
When the bargain was announced earlier the coming week by Disney CEO Bog Iger, the fate of the Marvel and Star Wars films wasnt yet fixed. Netflix told Reuters on Friday that active debates are going on right now to retain streaming rights beyond 2019, and it seems possible that this could end up being the result depending on Disneys aims with franchises housed under the Marvel and Star Wars brands.
While it sounds far away from something determined, it could be that Disneys own streaming service is focused more on entertainment for households and children, while the more mature reach of the Star Wars and Marvel films end up being better suited for a distribution platform with a broader audience. Its also very possible that Disneys still assessing how it would position Marvel and Star Wars dedicated subscription services, something its been rumored to have mulled in the past.
Whatever the outcome, Netflix isnt slacking on its alternative content alternatives: The company continues to invest in and make plenty of original content, and will only be ramping up those efforts in the near future.
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