Marvel fans were a great deal confused and concerned earlier when Marvel’s parent company Disney revealed their plans to go ahead with its own original direct-to-consumer streaming service aimed to compete with rivals such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.
The presently unnamed Disney streaming service is planning to feature content from their various IPs such as Star Wars and Pixar (both have their movies currently streaming on Netflix). However, the biggest cause of concern was about the future of the ongoing Netflix-original Marvel shows such as Daredevil, Defenders and Jessica Jones.
Ted Sarandos, content head at Netflix has now addressed the anticipated problems and told investors that Netflix has the rights to continue the ongoing shows and also possibly to make more shows starring those characters.
“What Disney going direct to consumer means, I don’t really know, and I’m not positive that they do either,” Sarandos was quoted as saying by The Hollywood Reporter. “They’ve created some really killer brands. It’s not that exclusive… Netflix has the Defenders.”
Sarandos stressed on the fact that although Disney owns Marvel, they don’t own all the IPs of Marvel in totality, suggesting that Netflix has the rights to the properties currently being made by them. Simply put, this means that even though Disney’s streaming service might host films such as Captain America: Civil War, it is likely that unless there are some licensing changes, the Marvel Netflix Universe will go on existing the way it has been.
The proposed direct-to-consumer streaming service from Disney is expected to be unveiled in 2019.