Netflix has been making incredible strides in the streaming market, but they have abandoned their original series and films plan for a moment to bring their subscribers something new and exciting. They have entered into a deal with Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm to be the exclusive home for pay video streaming on the web.
As if Netflix did not already have a plethora of accolades and customers backing them, they found something that is far more valuable than just sticking random TV shows and films on their video streaming buffet. According to Comic Book, Netflix will be the exclusive home for the streaming versions of any movie or TV shows under the Disney umbrella, which includes Marvel and Lucasfilm shows and films.
— John Wylie (@johnwylie) May 25, 2016
This would, of course, be the first time that any of the Star Wars franchise films have ever been featured on a video streaming buffet, and there is sufficient evidence that all of them will be available come September when the deal goes into effect.
The move for Disney and Marvel to partner with Netflix really doesn’t come as a big surprise. The streaming network has already courted the first run of a few major Marvel properties, which includes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and the upcoming Punisher and Iron Fist shows.
This could also mean that Netflix is looking to introduce more original films under the Disney and Marvel umbrella, which could include other originals from Lucasfilm, which includes the Star Wars spinoffs and the Indiana Jones spinoffs.
The sky really is the limit as to how much Netflix and Disney could invest in this co-venture. Disney acquired Lucasfilm and Marvel in the not-so-distant past with the intention of making a plethora of films that fans of both franchises can enjoy for years to come.
— Inside the Magic (@InsideTheMagic) May 25, 2016
Most fans can just imagine what is possible under the new agreement. With Disney making major moves to add to and expand the Star Wars franchise, the films could come to Netflix quite soon after their home video releases. There has been no word yet if Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be dropping on Netflix this September, but it is a safe bet that it will be featured on Netflix well before the December release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The deal Netflix made with Disney includes all new films that are slated to be released. But it is unclear at this time if the previous films will be available for streaming on Netflix. There have been landing pages made for the original Star Wars trilogy on Netflix, but they have also come up then disappeared. So it is hard for fans of Star Wars to decipher what that means.
— GameSpot (@gamespot) May 24, 2016
Of course, that could also be a tease by Netflix to get people talking about the possibility that they would be streaming the Star Wars films soon without actually announcing it. Little things like that have been going on in the Hollywood entertainment industry now for years.
As for the possible Marvel brands that will be dropping on Netflix, fans can expect to see films like Captain America: Civil War, Thor: Ragnarok, and Doctor Strange come to the streaming video platform.
— Total Film (@totalfilm) May 25, 2016
Netflix has also been making huge strides with original content to their platform. Not only have they courted the likes of Marvel properties for original shows, Netflix is also the home to other originals like House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, Grace and Frankie, Hemlock Grove, and Narcos. Most of those programs have also been greeted with major critical praise and have garnered several awards.
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