Marvel Netflix fans need not worry, as we have confirmation from an inside source at Marvel; Netflix will be keeping shows like Daredevil, Defenders, Punisher, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones.
Marvel fans have been confused and worried that the series and characters they have grown and love would be leaving Netflix when parent company Disney announced its plans to launch a streaming service, direct-to-consumer, to compete with services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime earlier this year. The as-of-yet unnamed Disney service plans to house content from all of the company’s various IPs, like Star Wars and Pixar, both of which have films currently streaming on Netflix, but the bulk of the confusion and concern involved what might happen to the current line up of Netflix-original Marvel shows previously mentioned such as Daredevil, Defenders, Punisher, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones.
The Disney direct-to-consumer streaming platform is expected to launch in 2019.
[Now, Netflix’s content chief Ted Sarandos has weighed in on the potential complications, revealing to investors that Netflix apparently maintains the rights to keep the series already on the service, and potentially continue to produce more starring those characters.
“What Disney going direct to consumer means, I don’t really know and I’m not positive that they do either,” reports The Hollywood Reporter. “They’ve created some really killer brands. It’s not that exclusive… Netflix has the Defenders.”
Sarandos emphasized that while Disney does own Marvel, they don’t own all of Marvel’s IPs outright, indicating that Netflix maintains the rights to the properties they are currently producing. In theory, this means that while Disney’s streaming platform would be able to host movies like Captain America: Civil War, it would seem that, unless something changes on the licensing end of things, the Marvel Netflix Universe would be destined to stick around where it started.}]