Netflix has dominated the streaming world for a good few years now, basically getting first dibs on all of the best new series and movies.
The streaming service could be set to find that domination much harder with the launch of Disney’s own streaming platform.
Although there’s still a glimmer of hope for some Marvel Cinematic Universe favourites, Captain Marvel is the first movie that officially won’t be coming to Netflix, which doesn’t bode will for future releases.
Speaking during an investor’s conference (via Deadline), Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed the upcoming female-first standalone won’t be popping up in your Netflix trending queue any time soon.
He clarified, “What we’re basically trying to do here is invest in our future.” The move is apparently “designed so that long-term this business will become an important part of Disney’s bottom line.”
Cutting ties with Netflix will reportedly cost Disney $150 million, but that should be a small price to pay when it reaps our subscription fees with Dinsey+.
As well as old and new releases, Disney+ is working on spin-off shows for some of the MCU’s biggest heroes and villains. There are already plans for a Loki TV series as well as buddy shows for the likes of Falcon/Bucky Barnes and Scarlet Witch/Vision.
It’s the end of the era between Disney and Netflix. The deal was signed back in 2012, meaning that Netflix has handled the likes of the MCU and Star Wars from 2016 until now. It was relatively short-lived considering Disney announced it was moving away from Netflix in 2017.
Fans have already seen the casualties of the Fox-Disney merger and the introduction of Disney+. When Netflix once made a name for itself with Marvel TV shows, the likes of Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage have all been axed, while the same fate is surely coming for Jessica Jones and The Punisher.
Disney+ is set to premiere in September, and with Captain Marvel hitting cinemas on March 8, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s movie could be one of the service’s earliest hits.