Netflix Retains Its Marvel Shows As Disney Announces Initial Streaming Service Plans
by Erik Amaya
Fans of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and The Punisher* rejoice! Those Marvel program will be staying at Netflix.
According to Deadline, the nature of those programs will not fit with Disney’s initial vision of its upcoming streaming service. The platform — which is still unnamed — will maintain the Disney brand by avoiding R-Rated content and offering “four to five original movies, and five TV series.” Two of those television series will be Marvel and Star Wars related. Presumably, the family-friendly portions of Disney’s library will also find a home on the service.
The R-Rated content — besides Netflix’s Marvel shows — will find a home at Hulu, which Disney will have a dominate share of once its merger with 21st Century Fox is approved. While it is currently unclear if the Fox library will follow a similar divide between the Disney platform and Hulu, one imagines the Alien films will be a Hulu exclusive before too long.
The Star Wars related program backs up Disney CEO Bob Iger’s assertion earlier this week that more Star Wars news was forthcoming following the announcement of a new Star Wars film series spearheaded by Game of Thrones executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Their participation in Star Wars kicked off a new round of criticism for the brand’s reliance an cishet white men and a shocking lack of minority voices. Soon after, rumors swirled online that Lucasfilm hired women and minorities “in secret” to take the helm of unannounced projects like the streaming service television show.
Of course, it remains to be seen if that latter rumor proves true. Details about the Star Wars television series are extremely under wraps.
*We cannot confirm the existence of Iron Fist fans.