When Will ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and Other Marvel Movies Leave Netflix?
It’s become a habit by now – if you missed a Marvel movie or wanted to revisit one, you could always pull up Netflix, which had a good chunk of them. But this habit will have to die after the launch of Disney+, the mouse house’s much-hyped streaming service.
Why are Marvel films leaving Netflix?
Right now, you can still watch Marvel’s most recent movies on Netflix, including Thor Ragnarok, Black Panther, and Ant-Man and the Wasp. Most timely of all, fans can also catch up on Avengers: Infinity War in preparation for Avengers: Endgame roaring into theaters this week.
‘Avengers: Infinity War’ leaves Netflix June 2020
As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Disney is pulling Marvel movies off of Netflix about a year and a half after they premiered on the streaming giant. When that in mind, you should be able to watch Avengers: Infinity War on Netflix until June 25, 2020.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor Ragnarok will leave May 5, 2019, and December 6, 2019, respectively. The last Marvel movie slated to run on Netflix is Ant-Man and the Wasp, which is due to leave July 29, 2020.
The good news is that Disney’s service is slated to cost $6.99 per month, whereas Netflix’s HD plan just increased to $12.99 a month. And there’s a good reason for that – Disney CEO Robert Iger said the new service isn’t meant to be a “Netflix killer.” In a 2017 investor call, he said that the pricing would be “substantially below Netflix because we’ll have substantially less volume.”
What Marvel content will be on Disney+?
When Disney+ gets going, it won’t have just the MCU theatrical movies. It will also have shows created exclusively for the new streaming service. Per Newsweek, these will include:
Loki: A series about Thor’s brother, the sometimes enemy, sometimes friend played by Tom Hiddleston.
WandaVision: Newer Avengers Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) get their own show.
Marvel’s Hero Project: This nonfiction series will feature real-life heroes, following young people who have done remarkable things for their community.
Marvel’s What If? : Since 1977, Marvel has released comics asking fanciful questions like “What If Iron Man Had Been a Traitor?” and “What If Spider-Man had Joined the Fantastic Four?” So it goes with Disney. The first episode will ask “What if Peggy Carter took the super soldier serum instead of Steve Rogers?” That’s a reference to the character played by Hayley Atwell in the Captain America movies and on her own ABC show Agent Carter.
Marvel’s 616: This documentary series will feature on the history of various Marvel characters, tying them into the social context in which they were created.
Unannounced Hawkeye series: According to Variety, Jeremy Renner will return as Hawkeye in his own series, where he’ll serve as kind of an Obi-Wan Kenobi to Kate Bishop, a character who replaces him as Hawkeye in the Marvel comics.
What about the Marvel TV shows?
Marvel had created a number of shows that aired only on Netflix, including Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. Earlier this year it was announced those were being canceled, although Jessica Jones will get a third and final season on Netflix. So far, it is unclear if they will find a home on Disney+. They have not been announced as part of the lineup on the new service.
But there’s another major streaming service that plays a part: Hulu. Disney not only has a stake in that service, but their ownership increased after it absorbed Twentieth Century Fox. Disney had already put Marvel’s Runaways exclusively on that service.
Craig Erwich, Hulu’s vice president of originals, told The Wrap that Hulu is keenly interested in continuing with the comic book powerhouse. “Marvel has a ton of titles we’d be interested in,” he said when asked if Hulu might revive any of Netflix’s canceled series. “It kind of just depends on when they’re ready, [and] who, most importantly, is going to be behind these things.”