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– by David Kozlowski

The landscape in Hollywood is shifting, as major studios respond to declining theater attendance, skyrocketing production costs, and the (seemingly) unstoppable rise of streaming services. The current tactic these days is to launch an exclusive streaming service that captures (and retains) the most eyeballs. Netflix currently holds the belt, but contenders like Amazon and Hulu are punching upward, while newcomers like CBS, Sony, and Disney are poised to jump into the ring. To extend my (lame-o) sports metaphor: there can only be one champ! It’s a dumb metaphor, I know, just play along…

Netflix and Disney are the two most intriguing competitors in this space, which is interesting given their mostly successful relationship to-date. I’m speaking primarily of the Marvel shows on Netflix (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher). When Disney announced their intentions to launch a stand-alone streaming service they explained that all of their content would be departing Netflix, except for the aforementioned Marvel series… but that too suddenly seems up in the air. However, is this necessarily a bad thing?

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Disney and Marvel have learned over the years that farming out or licensing their content doesn’t always yield high-quality results (Fox’s awful Fantastic Four being a keen example of great content turning sour when placed in the wrong hands). Netflix’s Marvel series have been hit and miss; most of these shows started out great, but the back halves of each season seems to fade — Iron Fist and The Defenders were mostly fun, but they were not good. Momentum for these Marvel shows on Netflix is fading fast.

The Wall Street Journal (via ComicBookMovie) reports that Disney’s future TV shows will be produced in-house and will air on their exclusive streaming service. They are vague regarding the existing Netflix shows, but it’s hard to imagine Disney renewing these shows at their main streaming competitor. However, given the quality concerns of the Netflix-Marvel shows, it might be better for fans if they’re all under the big Disney umbrella. Netflix understands this, and their purchase of Mark Millar’s Millarworld suggests that they’re prepared for that day, if and when it occurs.

Will you stick with Netflix if it loses its Marvel shows like Daredevil and The Defenders? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: Wall Street Journal (via ComicBookMovie) 

  • Wild Dreams

    I disagree….yes some of the Netflix/Marvel shows have been hit or miss, but momentum is hardly fading fast. Most everyone I know that’s into this stuff is excited for the punisher. The minute it releases this site and every other that covers it will have 99 articles up about it in half a day, the same for the rest of the shows, the quality might not be consistent but ppl will watch whether it’s on Netflix or not. You have ppl who watch that god awful inhumans show willingly so the Netflix stuff will be just fine lol.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Who are this fabled people you speak of who watch Inhumans. I’ve yet to meet one.

      • Wild Dreams

        Idk where you’ve been then, there’s ppl who actually want a second season…..just because you have common sense and realize how awful it is does not mean there’s not ppl who like it. Hop on Twitter and look at some of the comments it gets quite comical.

  • smartone2

    I guarantee when it comes to. Disney streaming service the wall between MCU movie and TV will come down. I would n’t be surprised if someone like Hawkeye Falcon or maybe Nova Corp got a series on Disney streaming service

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Break the walls down!!!!

  • M@rvel

    What does the FF have to do with anything you were talking about above?? Marvel sold some of their properties way back before the MCU was even a thought, back when they were facing bankruptcy. It was literally the only thing they could do to stay afloat. They were desperate. Classic LRM just trying to fill up the page….

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.