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.
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