When word came last month that Disney would be launching its own streaming service, the fate of the studio’s Star Wars and Marvel movies wasn’t clear cut, with CEO Bob Iger saying the company might continue with third-party licensing deals such as its current arrangement with Netflix. Now, however, Iger has revealed that Disney will in fact stream the Marvel and Star Wars films on the Disney service.
According to Variety, Iger made the announcement during a Q&A today at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment conference. “We’ve now decided we will put the Marvel and Star Wars movie on this app as well,” Iger said. He also provided a better sense of when the service would launch, saying to expect it in late 2019.
This news only adds another layer to the increasingly splintered world of home entertainment, as various studios, networks and streaming services seek to shore up their own stake in the landscape with original content and popular IPs.
As reported last month, Disney and Pixar titles will also leave Netflix in favor of the new Disney service. The service’s initial lineup will include Toy Story 4, Frozen 2 and the live-action adaptation of The Lion King. The studio also has plans to produce original movies and TV series for the streaming service.