Netflix in talks to retain Marvel and Star Wars movies after 2019


Netflix is still in active talks with Marvel over potentially
retaining streaming rights to Marvel and Star Wars movies after
2019, which is the date Disney has set for when it’ll remove
Disney and Pixar movies from the subscription service in favor
of its own in-house Disney streaming offering.

We already knew the fate of Disney’s Marvel co-production TV
shows, including Daredevil, The Punisher, Jessica Jones,
Iron Fist, Luke Cage
and The Defenders was not
subject to the new arrangement Disney announced earlier this
week. These ongoing talks around feature-length Marvel and
Lucasfilm-made movies reveal those could also still have a
future at Neftlix.

When the deal was announced earlier this week by Disney CEO Bog
Iger, the fate of the Marvel and Star Wars films wasn’t yet
fixed.
Netflix told Reuters
on Friday that “active discussions”
are going on right now to retain streaming rights beyond 2019,
and it seems possible that this could end up being the result
depending on Disney’s goals with franchises housed under the
Marvel and Star Wars brands.

While it sounds far from something settled, it could be that
Disney’s own streaming service is focused more on entertainment
for families and children, while the more mature reach of the
Star Wars and Marvel films end up being better suited for a
distribution platform with a broader audience. It’s also very
possible that Disney’s still evaluating how it would position
Marvel and Star Wars dedicated subscription services, something
it’s been rumored to have mulled in the past.

Whatever the outcome, Netflix isn’t slacking on its alternative
content options: The company continues to invest in and produce
plenty of original content, and will only be ramping up those
efforts in the near future.

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