No more Marvel TV shows for Netflix

Ben Arnold
UK Movies Writer
(Credit: Netflix)

The era of TV shows on Netflix based on Marvel characters is over, following news that Disney is ramping up its plans for its own streaming service.

Netflix has produced a raft of shows in the Marvel universe, including ‘Daredevil’, ‘Luke Cage’, ‘Iron Fist’, ‘Jessica Jones’ and ‘The Defenders’, with a TV version of ‘The Punisher’ still to come.

But that looks set to change.

“[W]e’ve turned our attention to the one platform seeing growth challenges,” said Kevin Mayer Disney Chief Strategy Officer, to the Wall Street Journal. “That’s the television platform.”

(Credit: Netflix)

Though it will be removing all Disney movies from Netflix – the fate of the Marvel shows Netflix made is not yet known – the Mouse House claims it’s not planning a purposeful takedown of Netflix, Mayer describing it as ‘not an anti-Netflix move, but a pro-Disney move’.

It follows news that Disney is planning to launch a Star Wars TV series on the streaming service, once it’s up and running.

But the WSJ estimates that it could cost Disney as much as $300 million per year to shift its content to its own platform, which should arrive in 2019.

Netflix is planning huge expansion, meanwhile, with $8 billion set to be spent on new content next year alone.

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