It seems to me that lots of companies these days are being bought out, or in other words acquired, by a much larger conglomerate. One particular company seems to buying everything.
And it’s Disney. Disney has now acquired Pixar Animated Studios, Marvel, and Lucasfilm. Just to add more to that, they’ve also made a movie deal with Netflix.
For a while now, Netflix has streamed all of the old Marvel animated series that came on Saturday morning. Recently I have noticed that these shows have disappeared from their playlist. Shows like X-Men, Spiderman, Silver Surfer, are all now gone. I hate to say it, but it has a lot to do with the new deal that they have made with Disney.
Since Disney owns Marvel they own the rights to the characters, meaning that anything that has to do with the Marvel characters, has to be approved by the Disney management team first.
Though Disney owns the rights to the characters, they do not, however, own the rights to pre-existing franchises. This means that the X-Men movies, including the coming X-Men: Days of Future Past, do not have to comply with Disney, and neither does The Amazing Spiderman. The X-Men franchise is owned by Fox and The Amazing Spiderman is owned by Sony. These companies have no intention whatsoever to hand over their rights to Disney.
Now that Disney has acquired Lucasfilm, I can’t help but wonder if the Star Wars movies they plan to make will deliver and please the diehard Star Wars fans. Here is a link to a conversation between Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, and George Lucas, talking about what will happen next, and the new projects to come out in the near future.
Do you think that this was the best idea for Lucas to make, and will Disney deliver good films with the Star Wars franchise? Let me know what you all think, because you Star Wars fans are passionate about the franchise, and I know you all want nothing less than the best.
Netflix on the other hand, will start streaming original Disney classic movies, but this won’t begin until 2016. This might work in Netflix’s favor, because movies like Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Black Cauldron, and all the older Disney animated films will now be there for families to watch.
This will definitely be something to look forward to, and maybe they will put the old Marvel cartoons back on Netflix again. Here is a link to a video concerning the movie deal Netflix made with Disney.
My last questions on the topic are: will Netflix have to charge more to their consumers with all the new content that will be available, and would you be willing to pay more for their services?
– Phillip Bowie