Prepare your wallets, because you’ll need to unload some cash for another subscription come 2019. Disney, the mega-corporation that owns everything (including your soul), announced last month that they would launch their own ad-free streaming service, and end their exclusive deal with Netflix. While we knew that Disney would pull their movies off of Netflix for their own service, we received explicit confirmation today from CEO Bob Iger that Star Wars and Marvel movies will be included.
Iger confirmed this to be the case at the totally-not-boring-sounding Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2017 Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference in Los Angeles:
“It [Disney’s streaming service] will have the entire output of the studio, animation, live action at Disney, including Pixar, Star Wars and all the Marvel films,” Iger said.
Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios are Disney’s three most important acquisitions (sorry, Muppets), so it makes sense that they would want their own streaming service to be the exclusive home for those films. While it was reported that Disney was in talks to keep Star Wars and Marvel films on Netflix, this obviously did not come through. As Iger only mentions “Marvel films,” we aren’t 100% sure on TV shows such as ABC show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Though as we’ve discussed before when the news first broke, the existing Netflix/Marvel TV that brought us shows like The Defenders will still be honored.
Interestingly enough, Iger mentions (per THR) that Disney’s streaming service will include “around four to five original TV series” and “three to four TV movies.” If Disney wants to attract any hesitant Marvel fans to their new-fangled service, some exclusive MCU content (either from Marvel Studios or Marvel TV) could be a good draw. Imagine the return of One-Shots on the service rather than home releases, or another web series like S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off Slingshot, rather than being housed on YouTube and the iffy ABC website.
But just thinking about this makes my bank account feel sore. We’ll need a Netflix account for some Jessica Jones, Hulu for Runaways, then [untitled Disney Streaming Service] for anything else. At least we don’t need Amazon Prime for Cloak & Dagger or Redbox for New Warriors; can you imagine? In the meantime, enjoy Captain America: Civil War and future MCU movies on Netflix for the next two years, and be sure to practice saying “[untitled Disney Streaming Service] and Chill.”