Dan Buckley, president of Marvel Entertainment, has hinted that no new series will be added to the Marvel Netflix slate. In 2019, Disney plans to launch its own streaming service. It’s clearly intended as a rival to Netflix, a fact that has left Marvel fans tense and concerned. Back in 2013, Marvel announced an exciting partnership with Netflix that has seen them launch a series of popular and critically-acclaimed superhero shows. How would Disney’s plans affect the partnership between Marvel and Netflix?
In the first official statement to date, Marvel Entertainment president Dan Buckley has suggested the existing series will continue. “We obviously want the Marvel Television series currently on Netflix to have a long and lauded run,” he told Bloomberg in an email. That said, he added, new projects would seek out “networks and platforms that are the best fit for that content, including the Disney-branded streaming service.”
This is the first time anyone from Marvel has actually addressed the issue. Buckley’s statement suggests that Marvel intends to continue working with Netflix on their current slate, including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, The Defenders, and The Punisher. That news will leave fans delighted, but it makes perfect sense. Why mess with success?
At the same time, Buckley hints that Marvel won’t be looking to increase their Netflix slate. Notice that he calls out the Disney-branded streaming service. It’s already been confirmed that this service will launch with at least one Marvel series, and it seems to be the natural home for future shows. While Buckley doesn’t explicitly address the issue, fans will also note that he doesn’t deny a rumor that’s been circulating since November. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Marvel was pulling the New Warriors series from Freeform. They noted sources suggesting that Disney-owned Marvel “is no longer able to sell to outside companies.”
It’s worth noting that this doesn’t mean all future Marvel TV series will skew towards a less mature audience. This is a time of real change for Disney, who has launched an unprecedented bid to purchase the bulk of rival 21st Century Fox. Disney’s goals include acquiring the Fox Vault, which would massively bolster the potential contents of their streaming service. This Vault includes horror franchises such as The Omen or Aliens. If Disney really wants to capitalize on their new acquisitions, they’ll have to create age-appropriate versions of their streaming service. Shows similar in style and tone to the Marvel Netflix series would naturally be part of the more mature offering.