With the merger between the House of Mouse and 21st Century Fox all but official, Chairman and CEO of the former, Bob Iger, has shifted his all-encompassing gaze onto launching the presently unnamed Disney streaming service, which is scheduled to be with us sometime in 2019.
As a result of the Disney streaming network – powered by BAMTech – Iger has been attempting to reacquire every asset the multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate let go before the plan to create their own streaming service was finalized. Which, I suppose, began with the aforementioned purchase of the Rupert Murdoch-founded multinational mass media corporation, that’ll see the likes of Deadpool, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men returned to their rightful owner.
Unfortunately, earlier today we discovered that another high profile piece of intellectual property, Star Wars, will not be making the intergalactic journey onto the streaming service. However, we now have corroboration that each and every entry into the highest grossing film franchise of all-time – which you might know better as the Marvel Cinematic Universe – will be leaving Netflix in the foreseeable future.
According to the New York Times, Ant-Man and the Wasp will be the last MCU film to stream on Netflix and, starting with Captain Marvel next year, each and every Marvel Studios movie will be available to stream only on the amenity colloquially referred to as the Disney streaming service. As such, the Peyton Reed-directed action comedy will be the residuum of the old Netflix/Marvel agreement.
Regrettably, this does not solely apply to the MCU. In addition to the highest grossing film franchise of all-time departing the streaming giant, all Disney and Star Wars movies currently on Netflix will be leaving as well. As for retrieving the Marvel properties presently operating under Netflix, such as Iron Fist, Daredevil, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, there’s no plan set in motion for those at the moment. Nevertheless, expect Disney to make a significant push for The Defenders and co.