Disney Confirms Upcoming Streaming Service Will Include Marvel and Star Wars Films

In early August, Disney revealed that it plans to pull all of its movies from Netflix and launch its own streaming service in 2019. Users were understandably curious as to which Disney-owned brands that might include, particularly once Disney CEO Bob Iger referenced the company's interest in potentially branching off Marvel and Star Wars into their own, separate streaming services.

Today, Iger cleared up any confusion by confirming Marvel and Star Wars films will be available on the upcoming Disney-branded streaming app (via Deadline). Current films in these franchises on Netflix -- like Doctor Strange and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story -- will be removed from Netflix and arrive on the Disney platform when it launches in 2019. It's still unclear at what point between now and 2019 Disney will begin removing these films from Netflix.


Last month Reuters reported that Netflix was in "active discussions" with Disney to keep Marvel and Star Wars films on the popular streaming platform, but it appears those talks have now fallen through.
Films from Marvel and Star Wars that now go to Netflix will move to Disney’s planned ad-free direct-to-consumer streaming service, CEO Bob Iger said today at an investor gathering.

“We’re going to launch big, and we’re going to launch hot” by late 2019, he told the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2017 Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference.
The outcome for Marvel and Star Wars TV shows was not specified, but Iger said that the Disney streaming app "will have the entire output of the studio — animation, live action and Disney including Pixar, Star Wars and all of the Marvel films,” potentially including television content. Right now, users can watch Marvel and Star Wars TV shows on Netflix including Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Last month Iger confirmed that Disney "has no plans" to remove any of the Netflix-owned and created Marvel series from the service, including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher. These original Netflix shows were formed under a separate deal from the one created in 2012, meaning they'll continue to be Netflix original shows for the forseeable future. Iger said Disney is even potentially willing to license even more Marvel characters for future shows.

On the Disney branded side of things, the app will include four or five "mostly live action" original movies, as well as four or five original Disney TV shows. Besides the new content, the service will of course also house the company's back catalogue, spanning nearly 500 films, 7,000 episodes of television, and "thousands" of short films. Neither Disney nor Iger has mentioned the subscription cost for the service yet, but the CEO said a price will be coming "in the months ahead."


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Disney May Split Out Star Wars and Marvel Into Standalone Streaming Services

During its quarterly earnings report yesterday, Disney revealed that it plans to remove all of its content from Netflix and debut a streaming service of its own in 2019. The announcement didn't make clear which exact Disney-related pieces of content might be found within that service, but more information from the earnings report has been shared today by TechCrunch, with Disney CEO Bob Iger mentioning Marvel and Star Wars could get their own streaming services down the line.

This means that the 2019 service would be related to Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar films like Lilo and Stitch, Zootopia, Moana, and Finding Dory (all of which are on Netflix right now). Then, the company would debut a Marvel service for movies and television shows in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and a Lucasfilm service for properties in the Star Wars universe.


Disney is said to be "considering" these services right now, but a decision "is not yet set in stone."
According to Disney CEO Bob Iger, the company is still considering how it wants to bring Marvel and LucasFilm titles to consumers. There’s been talk of launching proprietary Marvel and Star Wars services, he said on Disney’s earnings call on Thursday. But that decision is not yet set in stone.

“We’re mindful of the volume of product that would go into those services, and we want to be careful about that,” Iger explained.
Currently, Netflix subscribers can watch a number of shows and movies from these Disney-owned brands, including Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Iger mentioned that he and the company have also considered adding Marvel and Star Wars content into the new Disney streaming service. What's stopping this from happening is that they aren't sure that it would be "the right place for them [Marvel/Star Wars properties]," because of a potential lack of overlap between Disney and Pixar fans, and Marvel or Star Wars fans.

The Disney service will reportedly have enough content of its own, with the company's vast back catalogue of films and tv shows, early access to upcoming releases like Toy Story 4, and exclusive new original content.

According to Iger, if these Marvel and Star Wars services do happen, a Disney-created Marvel streaming platform will not interfere with the company's multiyear deal with Netflix, which has resulted in Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the upcoming team-up show The Defenders, as well as The Punisher. These original Netflix shows were formed under a separate deal from the one created in 2012, which will see Disney films leave Netflix ahead of the 2019 streaming service's launch.

Because of this, Disney "has no plans" to remove any of these original Marvel TV shows from Netflix, and Iger said that Disney is potentially willing to license even more Marvel characters to Netflix in the future.


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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ teaser brings back the web wings

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The first Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer is still a day away, but you may commence your freakout now. The wily young web slinger is back, and thanks to a certain Stark, he’s been upgraded.

“This is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen!” cries Peter Parker, played by Tom Holland in this teaser for the upcoming Spider-Man trailer. Peter gets a visit from Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau), Tony Stark’s perennial ally, pointing Peter to a case that contains his sweet new suit.

Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko originally drew the web wings on Spider-Man, but they haven’t been seen in a movie adaptation to date. 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man revived Peter Parker’s homemade webbing, as opposed to the mutation experienced by Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man from 2002 to 2007. Read more…

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‘Luke Cage’ second season on its way from Netflix

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Christmas just got a little sweeter. 

Netflix revealed Sunday via Twitter that Marvel’s Luke Cage is definitely coming back for a second season…we just don’t know when.

The 13-episode first season of Luke Cage follows the bulletproof hero of the Harlem streets as he learns more about his past and his powers. 

It’s also the most we’ve seen so far in a Marvel show of Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), who appears in Daredevil and Jessica Jones — both of which are due for new seasons in the coming year, along with The Defenders, which will unite Netflix’s greatest heroes in an epic team up. Read more…

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director kills off co-workers in gory ‘The Belko Experiment’ trailer

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After directing Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn had Hollywood waiting with baited breath for his next project. Rather than attach himself to some generic big-name studio property, Gunn stayed true to his genre roots and dug up an old screenplay for The Belko Experiment. He even managed to get the project off the ground without having to direct it, instead leaving the film in the capable hands of Greg McLean (Wolf Creek).

So really, we have Marvel to thank for this thrilling splatterfest, which I had an absolute blast with when I caught it in the Midnight Madness lineup at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was acquired there by Jason Blum’s BH Tilt label following an enthusiastic response from gorehounds.  Read more…

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