When Disney announced plans to start its own streaming service, it was never clear if Star Wars and Marvel movies would be pulled from Netflix. In fact, Disney executives hinted movies like Doctor Strange and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would remain, even as other Disney movies would no longer be available.
Now, however, Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed what everyone feared: Disney will pull all Marvel and Star Wars films from Netflix and instead offer them through its upcoming streaming service, which is set to launch in 2019.
The good news is that whatever comes out before then, including Thor: Ragnarok and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, will find a temporary home on Netflix after they release in theaters. Once Disney’s service launches, however, all of its properties will be offered exclusively through the new service.
“We’ve now decided we will put the Marvel and “Star Wars” movies on this app as well,” revealed Iger.
In addition to offering its full catalog of films on the upcoming service, Disney is also planning to produce up to five original movies, along with new TV shows. In other words, the service won’t simply be a nostalgia factory, but a place for original content, too.
The news that Disney would start its own streaming service came as a shock because it signed an exclusivity deal with Netflix last year. As part of the deal, Netflix became the only place to stream Disney’s latest movies, which were made available on the service shortly after hitting theaters.
Disney’s service is still a long way away, and pricing hasn’t yet been announced. But if you subscribe to Netflix and you’re a fan of Star Wars and the MCU, you better start binging now.