The Real Reason ‘Captain Marvel’ Won’t Ever Be On Netflix
The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s next highly anticipated flick, Captain Marvel is set to arrive in theaters on March 8, 2019. The film, which stars Oscar-winner Brie Larson is set in 1995 and follows Carol Danvers (Larson), a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot who has become a galaxy hero after joining Starforce –an elite Kree military team. Faced with a past that she can’t quite remember, she returns to Earth to uncover life long secrets. Captain Marvel is the first female-centered flick from the MCU.
Typically after Marvel movies have left theaters, they usually arrive on Netflix within a few months. Just seven months after Black Panther debuted on the big screen –it was available for streaming, but that will not be the case for Captain Marvel.
The real reason Captain Marvel won’t ever be on Netflix
Disney, which owns Marvel is getting into the streaming game. To compete with streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Video, they are launching their own streaming platform, Disney +. Captain Marvel is the first Disney flick that will launch their #NoNetflix era.
Before the platform launches, Disney has to be sure that they have enough titles in rotation to make Disney + worthwhile. Along with Captain Marvel, other forthcoming flicks like the live-action versions of The Lion King, Aladdin, Dumbo and Avengers: End Game won’t be streamed on Netflix. You’ll have to catch them on Disney+.
When will Disney + launch?
There is no exact launch date or price point for Disney + just yet, but we do know that Walt Disney Company CEO, Bob Iger confirmed that the high-profile streaming service is coming by the end of 2019. Iger explained, “What we’re basically trying to do here is invest in our future. The moves the company has made are all designed so that long-term this business will become an important part of Disney’s bottom line.” He also revealed that the streaming service is the company’s “biggest priority” for 2019.
Will Disney + have its own original content?
Disney + will have its own original content in addition to the stuff comes out in theaters. So far, they are working on a live-action TV series focused on the Marvel character, Loki starring Tom Hiddleston, a possible Scarlet Witch series starring Elizabeth Olsen, an animated Monsters, Inc. series, a live-action Lady and the Tramp remake, and a 10-episode series, Diary of a Female President, about a 12-year-old Cuban-American girl, among many others.
What will happen to all of the Disney titles on Netflix?
Like most of the Marvel series that were on Netflix, nearly all of the Disney titles will disappear from the streaming service and move to Disney +. However, canceled series like Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist could be resurrected on the new streaming platform in 2020.
Is Disney + partnering with Hulu?
Disney + isn’t exactly partnering with Hulu. However, Disney will control Hulu after its takeover of 21st Century Fox. The company’s strategy is to make Disney+ their family-friendly platform where you can stream Disney’s theatrically released movies including everything from Pixar, Star Wars and National Geographic.
On the other hand, Hulu will serve as the subscription service for adult-oriented content with an edgier tone, ie, The Handmaid’s Tale.
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