Netflix confirms talks to keep Marvel/Star Wars movies

Louise McCreesh
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From Digital Spy

Netflix US has confirmed to Digital Spy that it is in talks with Disney to retain the rights to air Star Wars and Marvel films following the premiere of Disney's very own streaming service.

The company revealed earlier this week that it will pull all new Disney and Pixar films from Netflix US when the service launches in 2019 as part of its plans for its own streaming service, DisneyLife.

As for Disney subsidiaries Marvel and Star Wars? Well, their fate is a little more uncertain.

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Following the announcement, Disney's chief executive officer Bob Iger revealed the company had not yet decided the fate of its Marvel and Star Wars movies due to it's current pay one deal with Netflix.

Indeed, as of yet, it's not known how the launch of DisneyLife will affect the pay one deal exactly.

However, a Netflix spokesperson did confirm to Digital Spy that it is "still discussing" the option of keeping its Marvel and Star Wars content in some capacity - so there is hope, or should we say A New Hope, yet.

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In 2012, Netflix and Disney signed a deal that would see all Star Wars films post-Rogue One become available to Netflix customers.

However, if DisneyLife was to procure exclusive rights to Star Wars and Marvel productions - which are both Disney subsidiaries with pretty decked out release calendars over the next several years - as it has done with its Pixar movies, the deal would hypothetically end with The Last Jedi.

Netflix probably wouldn't be too thrilled about that.

Alas, whatever the outcome, Netflix has confirmed that all Star Wars and Marvel releases from 2019 onwards "will be back on Netflix exclusively during the 2025-2029 period" - so fear not, Episode VIII fans.

Digital Spy has reached out to Disney for comment.

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