When Disney recently announced plans to terminate its streaming arrangements with Netflix and begin its own service in 2019, the specific distribution rights for the Star Wars and Marvel movies were still being considered. Now we know their fate.
No more sharing Shmi's Netflix subscription around. Image: Lucasfilm
CEO Bob Iger, speaking at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment conference, has confirmed that those movies will now join Disney's other output on the still-untitled service set to debut in 2019, alongside exclusive new original programming.
It's a huge blow for Netflix, whose deal with Disney — which included Lucasfilm properties such as the Star Wars saga and the Indiana Jones films, the Marvel Cinematic Universe's films, and hundreds of other Disney classics — was only signed last May. So watch all the Marvel and Star Wars movies you can now; if you want to stream them in a few years, you're gonna have to add yet another subscription to your wallet.