Disney Plans To Swipe Its Powerful (And Lucrative) Heroes From Netflix

By 2019, Disney's CEO says Marvel and "Star Wars" movies will move from Netflix to Disney's upcoming streaming service.
Posted at 4:33 PM, Sep 07, 2017

It looks like Netflix will say goodbye to Avengers and Jedis.

In August, Disney said it was launching a streaming service. At the time, it seemed like Netflix might still have access to Disney's Marvel and "Star Wars" films.

But multiple outlets report Disney CEO Bob Iger told investors those movies will leave Netflix by 2019 — that's when Disney plans to have its streaming service up and running.

Disney is also planning to move Disney and Pixar animated movies to its own service, along with its more child-centered TV library.

Iger added the service would debut with a few original Disney movies and series.

In the past, leaders at Netflix have said they've worked hard to create original content precisely because they knew licensing rights would come and go.

Some of Netflix's more popular original shows are the ones it's produced with Marvel — series like "Daredevil," "Jessica Jones" and "Luke Cage."

Netflix isn't in danger of losing those to Disney's platform.

Disney hasn't said yet if another Marvel TV show — "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." on ABC — would make the exclusive jump from Netflix to its upcoming streaming platform.