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

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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.

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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.

Update 8/11: Netflix is holding "active discussions" with Disney about keeping Marvel and Star Wars films on its service after 2019. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos spoke with Reuters on the topic, confirming the discussions with Disney were still being held, but no mention of TV show-related content was given.

Top Rated Comments

Andres Cantu Avatar
43 months ago
Fragmentation at its finest.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zahuh Avatar
43 months ago
No thanks! = everyone reading this article.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
soupcan Avatar
43 months ago
Hey Disney, if people can't find the stuff they're looking for on the streaming service they currently have, they're not going to switch to yours. They'll pirate it. Easy as that.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
djeeyore25 Avatar
43 months ago
I'm going to subscribe to both the Mickey and Donald streaming services for sure, but I'm iffy on Goofy and Pluto.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Cashmonee Avatar
43 months ago
While I loathe cable packages and am more or less a cord cutter, I think we are seeing the true cost of an a la carte service. Everyone wants a la carte, but what no one seems to grasp is that if companies can't charge everyone a little bit for their service, they have to charge the ones that want it significantly more.

A la carte is great on paper. In reality, it is a system that in order to work will end up costing us all a lot more money.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nybear31 Avatar
43 months ago
The people making these decisions do not understand how people consume digital content. They are taking a streamlined experience and making it more complicated and less consumer friendly.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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