The Walt Disney Company is all set to enter into the streaming entertainment business this November with the launch of Disney+. Also from the looks of its content, Netflix has some tough competition ahead. The streaming service has been marketed as a one- stop shop for Disney’s biggest brands, including Marvel, Star Wars, and Pixar.
How Will Disney+ Be A One Stop Shop For Entertainment?
Take an example- A previous Disney- Netflix deal saw all of the Marvel Studios and Star Wars movies make their streaming debut on Netflix. But beginning with Captain Marvel, Disney’s blockbusters will instead make their streaming introductions on Disney+, with older films on Netflix making the jump the Disney+ as well. Disney is currently the biggest corporation producing movies in Hollywood, they are unstoppable right now with Avengers: Endgame becoming the second highest grossing movie in the history of cinema ever and Aladdin opening big. Also with a star wars movie, Spiderman movie and The lion King movie around as well, Disney has covered all its bases.
Is This Just Bad News For Netflix?
This might sound like bad news for the streaming service but a new report from Bloomberg suggests that there’s a wrinkle in Disney’s plans that the company hasn’t drawn much attention to.
Under the current deal, all of the Disney Netflix movies as part of that previous deal- which spanned from 2016 through 2018 will return to Netflix in a few years time, beginning around 2026. The return to Netflix will be a return to exclusivity as well, meaning the films will be removed from Disney+. Those are all the specifics available, but the report suggests that the contract with Netflix guaranteed these periodic content cycles for several years to come.
What the report suggests is that the majority of Marvel’s Phase Three movies- Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Ant-Man and the Wasp, as well as the Disney era Star Wars films released to date, which includes Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Solo: A Star Wars Story may be irrevocably tied to Netflix for the foreseeable future. So finding Star Wars on Netflix is a very real possibility in the future. The exclusivity clause means this will prevent the Disney+ library from being truly complete. If fans want to marathon either franchise in the entirety without relying on physical media or à la carte digital purchases, they’ll need subscriptions to both streaming services.
Avengers: Endgame is currently playing in theatres. Captain Marvel is now available in Digital HD. Upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movies include Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 2nd.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s Will be released on 20th December. Other Star Wars material includes a new trilogy from Game of Thrones creators DB Weiss and David Benioff launching in 2022 and The Mandalorian TV series on Disney+