Although Disney announced Tuesday that it will pull its movies from Netflix in 2019 as part of the entertainment giant’s plans to launch its own streaming platform, the future home for Marvel and Star Wars films apparently hasn’t been finalized.
Disney CEO Bob Iger informed analysts it hasn’t been decided where the Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm movies will be streamed after 2019, but Netflix Chief Content Ted Sarandos told Reuters the two companies are in “active discussions” about his service retaining the rights.
Netflix’s current stable of Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm features includes Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The current agreement, which concludes at the end of 2018, grants Netflix the exclusive U.S. pay-TV rights to all Disney films released after Jan. 1, 2016.
It’s as yet unclear what, if anything, Disney’s plans for a branded streaming platform might mean for the future of Marvel’s popular Netflix TV dramas. Announced in November 2013, that collaboration called for a minimum of 13 live-action episodes each of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron First, followed by a Defenders miniseries, which arrives next week.
That original deal has expanded to include a second season of Daredevil, with a third greenlit, a Punisher spinoff, and additional seasons of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist on the way.
Netflix doesn’t appear too worried about Disney’s planned platform, which Sarandos referred to it as “complementary” to his own service. He added that Netflix prepared for the eventual rise of studio-specific streaming services five years ago, when it began creating original content.
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