It looks like the Mouse House wants to dethrone Netflix.
The Wall Street Journal has word that Disney’s pursuit of 21st Century Fox and assets means that The Defenders, The Punisher, and Marvel-themed series might be relocated to the in-house streaming platform in 2019.
This comes days after the Mouse House staked a claim for 21st Century Fox’s assets, though we do understand that talks are now on hold. Should this deal go ahead, it will give Disney a serious hand in the popular streaming game and the fact that CEO, Bob Iger had confirmed that Marvel and Star Wars content would be yanked off Netflix and prepare for Disney’s streaming service will give Netflix a lot to think about.
Without signs of tangible progress, this proposed acquisition is a long way from home. It is worth noting that TWSJ does not specify whether it plans on relocating Daredevil et al., or keep the focus on new shows.
Still, this extract is telling:
After an acquisition, Disney would consolidate its control of all its Marvel characters save for Spider-Man, still at Sony Pictures Entertainment, and could have them appear together in films and TV series.”
There is mention of Toy Story 4 and Frozen 2 being released on Disney’s service, so it is clear that the Mouse House wants to seize a large chunk of the streaming market.
Assuming that this deal falls into place and Disney does relocate The Defenders and Co., will we retain our Netflix subscription? Or follow Marvel’s costumed crusaders to a new platform?