Disney has announced that Captain Marvel, scheduled to premiere in theaters on March 8, will be the first of the company’s films to not come to Netflix. Instead, sometime after exiting theaters, Captain Marvel will debut on the upcoming Disney+ streaming service.
According to Deadline, Disney CFO Christine McCarthy predicts the decision to keep Captain Marvel, and all other 2019 Disney movies, off of Netflix will cut the company’s operating income for the year by about $150 million USD. “What we’re basically trying to do here is invest in our future,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said. “It’s almost the equivalent of deploying capital to build out our theme parks. This is a bet on the future of this business.”
It’s disappointing news for those who like having everything on Netflix, but the news comes as little surprise. And it’s not as if we won’t continue to get other new Netflix releases on a weekly basis.
No exact launch date has been confirmed for Disney+ as of yet, but the service is scheduled to release sometime in 2019. Disney+ will become the new streaming home for all of the company’s existing movies and TV series, as well as the platform that hosts new content. Disney already has three new series scheduled for the service. All three will be live action, with one starring Tom Hiddleston reprising his MCU role of Loki, another focusing on Scarlet Witch and Vision, and the third acting as a prequel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that stars Diego Luna reprising his role as Cassian Andor.
Captain Marvel is far from the only Disney movie scheduled for 2019, nor will it probably be the biggest. After Captain Marvel, Disney sees the debut of Toy Story 4, The Lion King, Avengers: Endgame, and a few other films. Avengers: Endgame will probably be the biggest superhero film of the decade, which concludes the overarching Infinity Stones-focused arc that began in 2008’s Iron Man. Avengers: Endgame is scheduled to premiere April 26.