With the announcement that Disney was developing its own independent streaming service to compete with services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, many have feared what this will mean for programs currently airing on those services. For Marvel fans in particular the possibility that the Marvel Netflix originals like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage would leave for Disney’s yet unnamed service has been a fear.
But based on comments from Netflix’s content chief, Ted Sarandos, the shows leaving Netflix may not be as likely as previously believed. According to Sarandos Netflix apparently maintains the rights to keep the series already on the service, and can potentially continue producing more content starring the characters.
The report from The Hollywood Reporter stated that Sarandos said:
“What Disney going direct to consumer means, I don’t really know and I’m not positive that they do either. They’ve created some really killer brands. It’s not that exclusive… Netflix has the Defenders.”
Sarandos emphasized that while Disney does own Marvel they don’t own all of its IPs meaning Netflix owns the rights to the properties it is producing. Which means unless there is a change on the licensing side of things, the Marvel Netflix originals are going nowhere. – Jacob Campbell