When it was announced last month that Disney was making moves to build their very own streaming platform, one for ESPN and one for their stable of Disney films, the one silver lining that seemed to remain for Netflix was that it looked like the Marvel & Star Wars related films would still call that streaming platform home. Not anymore.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced during the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2017 Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference that not only will the Disney streaming platform launch sometime in 2019 but it will also be the home of the studio’s Marvel and Star Wars branded films. This platform will be home to around 500 films from the Disney library along with around 7,000 episodes of Disney TV shows and will feature multiple original films the studio will produce each year exclusively for the platform.
Netflix will lose all of the Disney related films when their current deal, a deal that really had just begun to really work in Netflix’s favor very recently, comes to an end in 2019.
This move comes as the Streaming Wars are beginning to heat up with more and more studios opting to build their own platforms rather than host their content on the likes of Netflix, Hulu or Amazon. CBS All Access is attempting to elevate itself with the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery while studios like Warner Bros. have also recently announced they are developing platforms to release in the next year or two.
There was no mention of the Marvel Netflix shows like Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones and others which currently have enough planned seasons to reach into 2019. Since Marvel has deals for stuff like Marvel’s Runaways appearing on Hulu it’s likely that the studio will keep up their deal with Netflix to keep making those street level hero shows there and feature other Marvel related shows on their own new platform.