– by Joseph Jammer Medina

When it was first announced that Disney was planning on jumping ship from Netflix, in hopes of succeeded with their own streaming platform, fans began to instantly worry.

More specifically, comic book fans started to worry that the high quality Marvel series that had made Netflix their home for years would end up getting pulled in favor of the Disney streaming service. This included characters like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. Were these characters in danger of getting pulled?

It doesn’t sound like it. Speaking at the UBS global media and communications conference today, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos confirmed that while Disney has some great brands, they don’t have the Defenders.

“They’ve created some really killer brands. It’s not that exclusive … Netflix has the Defenders.”

Of course, this still does bring into question the future of the Defenders. We’re not sure how Disney’s contract works with Netflix, but it is possible that the streaming service only has access to a certain number of characters. Without having the incentive of having the Defenders on their own Disney-branded service, Disney may be able to hold back in optioning out any more of their characters that can populate that world.

If they were to do this, would it prohibit the Defenders from growing, and therefore kind of keep it dead in the water? We’ll have to wait and see. First of all, we don’t know if that is the case. For all we know, the Defenders “package” includes plenty of street level characters that have yet to make their debut.

But even if Disney can hold back, it would certainly allow the different series to delve deeper into their characters, rather than feel the need to constantly expand, and that wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing.

Are you happy to hear that Netflix has the Defenders brand? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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  • Retire the Defenders. They were awkward and lame as a team. Daredevil and Punisher are the only ones worth the time.

  • Victor Roa

    hmmmm, I wouldn’t press my luck with some of these deals…. so maybe someone is speaking out of turn or maybe he’s right. But Disney doing a “Family friendly” streaming…… don’t know, don’t know, everything we talk about streaming services, man in the high castle, Handmaidens tale, house of cards orange is the new black, and even Stranger Things pushes it.
    the more and more this comes out, I really don’t know what Disney is doing being CBS All Access is a CLUSTER FUCK.

  • Kronx

    The great thing about streaming is that shows don’t really compete the same way they do on television. I don’t have to choose between The Punisher or The Runaways. I have both services and can watch them at my leisure.

    There are plenty of great heroes Disney can use on their own service (especially if that Fox deal goes through). Snapping up the Defenders would probably work against them, unless they plan on having R-rated material on their service.

  • TheOct8pus

    Fans can finally stop asking for a crossover into the MCU. With this arrangement, it’s never going to happen.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.