Star Wars and Marvel films will no longer be available on Netflix after the streaming deal ends in 2019, with Disney officially moving the properties to its own streaming service set to launch the same year.
Variety reports that Disney CEO Bob Iger announced on Thursday that the company will stream its Marvel and Star Wars films exclusively on the upcoming Disney streaming service, joining the ranks of Disney’s animated and new original films.
“We’ve now decided we will put the Marvel and Star Wars movie on this app as well,” Iger said during a question-and-answer session at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment conference in Beverly Hills, California.
Walt Disney Co. announced in early August that it was planning to launch its own streaming service in 2019, joining the growing number of streaming services available to consumers who want to cut the cord. The Disney-specific streaming service was only one of its projects, however – there was also news of an ESPN streaming service to be launched by the company in early 2018.
The big question now is the fate of the Marvel-Netflix series like Defenders, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage,
and Iron Fist
, as well as the upcoming Punisher
. Iger didn’t specifically mention the Marvel shows in his brief announcement, and Netflix had a hand in producing these series. The Netflix series, as well as the ABC shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,
may very well stay on Netflix, as Marvel’s TV division under the supervision of Jeph Loeb remains separate from Marvel Studios
. But it’s worth nothing that anything can happen in the next two years.
Disney, Star Wars, and Marvel films will remain on Netflix until 2019 before they move to Disney’s unnamed streaming service.