Disney acquired Marvel Entertainment in 2009 and LucasFilms in 2012 and since then, the brands have grown tremendously in popularity. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has grossed $10 billion as a whole since it started just 8 years ago and Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the third highest box office release of all time.
Marvel’s Netflix exclusive shows have followed in the footsteps of Marvel’s films and have become increasingly popular. Earlier this year there were rumors and reports that Star Wars may also be extending its vast universe to Netflix. So it comes as no surprise that this morning in a Netflix blog post they announced that starting in September all Disney shows and movies will be exclusively streamed through the streaming service.
“From September onwards, Netflix will become the exclusive US pay TV home of the latest films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar.”
While Marvel’s Ant-Man is currently available on Starz and Iron Man 3 is playing on FX, all of Disney’s newer releases will be exclusive to Netflix, aside from home release. Other networks will only be able to make available the Disney shows and movies that were licensed to them prior to this deal being made between Disney and Netflix.