Despite what Infinity War’s title might imply, all good things must come to an end. The latest Avengers and Ant-Man and the Wasp will be the last Marvel movies to stream on Netflix. Starting with Captain Marvel, MCU films will instead be viewable on Disney’s upcoming streaming service.
The news came as part of a story from the New York Times on the still-untitled streaming service.
“Starting with Captain Marvel in March, all of the films that Walt Disney Studios releases in theaters will subsequently flow to the Disney streaming platform instead of to Netflix,” the Times reported.
Disney’s streaming service is expected to launch late next year.
Why is Marvel doing this? Well, when Netflix streams an MCU movie, Disney, which owns Marvel, only gets a cut of the money, since the company licensed the film rights to a third party. But by taking all its toys back and putting them on its own streaming service exclusively, Disney gets all of the subscription money that fans will pay because it’ll be the only way to stream Avengers 4 or literally any other Disney movie. All the animated classics and new Star Wars movies will also live on Disney’s streaming service, to say nothing of all the new franchises the House of Mouse now owns after having bought Fox.
However, Marvel won’t be completely gone from Netflix come 2019. The New York Times reports that Netflix’s Marvel shows, like Daredevil and Luke Cage, will stay on Netflix for the time being, as a spokesman said there are “no current plans” to take them away.
Man … remember when everybody thought cord-cutting was going to save people a bunch of money? Instead of paying for cable, you could pay $9.99 a month for one streaming service that had everything you wanted on it. Except now you’re gonna have to pay $9.99 a month (or more) for Netflix, Hulu, Disney’s streaming service, CBS All Access, Amazon Prime, HBO Now, Showtime, and, eventually, Apple’s streaming service. That’s just the start.
Anyway, check out Thor: Ragnarok on Netflix now.