Disney And Netflix Will Soon Be Getting A Divorce And It's Bad News For Marvel Fans

We can all agree that Netflix is one of modern technology's greatest inventions, especially when you're ill or just feeling hungover and you really don't want to - or can't - get out of bed. Choose a movie or a series, press play and you're good to go for the rest of the day, or at least until you've eaten enough bacon sarnies to get rid of the headache.

One of the downsides about Netflix, though - beyond also wasting all your time when you're capable of doing other things - is that you never know when a series or movie you've been planning to watch will just vanish.

Credit: Marvel / Netflix / Daredevil

There you are, halfway through rewatching the entirety of King Of The Hill, and the next day it's just gone without a trace or a goodbye, vanished from your list, never to be seen again.

Get ready, then, for even worse news - the absolute knowledge that once Disney launches its own streaming platform, Netflix will no longer have the rights to any shows in the Marvel franchise.

The Punisher
The Punisher

Credit: The Punisher

Given that the two companies have enjoyed a fruitful relationship to date - producing shows like Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Iron Cage, Luke Cage, The Defenders and the forthcoming The Punisher - that's a huge blow for Netflix.

And for people like us with Netflix accounts who want to watch all things Marvel, because let's face it, the Marvel stuff is some of the very best on Netflix right now.

Back in August, Disney announced that it would end the 2012 deal that brought all the studio's films - which also includes Star Wars, Pixar films and Disney's live-action output - exclusively to Netflix and also start working on its own streaming service, which would have exclusive rights to all its huge blockbusters. It's little surprise, then, that Netflix's stock dropped following the announcement.

Luke Cage
Luke Cage

Credit: Marvel / Netflix / Luke Cage

According to a new report in the Wall Street Journal, once Disney's streaming service launches - probably in 2019, which, scarily, really isn't that far away - all those shows will be permanently pulled from Netflix, along with any and all future Marvel shows.

Not that any of this is malicious. According to Disney's Chief Strategic Officer Kevin Mayer, it's 'not an anti-Netflix move, but a pro-Disney move'.

That all sounds well and good, but try telling that to the suits in the Netflix HQ. Or to us, when we have to shell out another monthly fee in order to feed our Marvel habit. So there's only one thing for it - let's get binge-watching!

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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