Disney recently announced they would be pulling their material from Netflix to start their own streaming service. This had many fans concerned that the famous Marvel Netflix shows (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Defenders) would move to this new streaming service. It was also reported not too long ago that Disney was in talks to purchase a large portion of 21st Century Fox. Apparently Disney wanted to purchase Fox in order to compete with Netflix.
According to Wall Street Journal, all future streamable Marvel shows will play exclusively on Disney’s new streaming service. It is unclear wether this includes Agents of Shield and Inhumans, but those will probably continue to air on ABC. That being said, we will not longer see the likes of of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and more on Netflix. It is also unclear wether the existing Netflix seasons will remain there, however, those will likely make the jump once the Disney service comes about. The Punisher will likely be the last Marvel Netflix show.
A big question surrounding Disney’s own streaming service was how they would be able to maintain sufficient and various content to compete with Netflix. What’s great about Netflix is the wide variety of shows and movies they have to offer. Apparently, Disney’s recent (now halted) talks with Fox were seeking to solve this problem. Disney’s Chief Strategy Officer Kevin Mayer had this to say on the matter:
“[W]e’ve turned our attention to the one platform seeing growth challenges, that’s the television platform.”
So, apparently they were only seeking to take control of Fox’s television platform, which includes Legion and The Gifted. It looks like it didn’t include talks to purchase many of their big film franchises, like the X-Men, like many people thought they were.
I think the addition of some Fox shows would’ve been a good start to getting new content for their service. Knowing Disney, they’re probably searching far and wide to bring in as much content as they can if they want to compete with Netflix. We’ll just have to wait and see what Disney will bring to the table.
Source – Wall Street Journal