Marvel and ‘Star Wars’ movies *will* be exclusive to Disney’s new streaming service
Remember when Disney announced they were starting a streaming service? And when they said they were taking their Marvel and Star Wars flicks and going home? But then Netflix was like woah woah, we’re going to negotiate and try and keep them? Well, Netflix ain’t keeping them. They’re going to be exclusive to the House of Mouse’s streaming service.
When Disney recently announced plans to terminate its streaming arrangements with Netflix and begin its own service in 2019, the specific distribution rights for the Star Wars and Marvel movies were still being considered. Now we know their fate.
CEO Bob Iger, speaking at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications, and Entertainment conference, has confirmed that those movies will now join Disney’s other output on the still-untitled service set to debut in 2019, alongside exclusive new original programming.
It’s a huge blow for Netflix, whose deal with Disney—which included Lucasfilm properties like the Star Wars saga and the Indiana Jones films, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s films, and hundreds of other Disney classics—was only signed last May. So watch all the Marvel and Star Wars movies you can now; if you want to stream them in a few years, you’re gonna have to add yet another subscription to your wallet.