While the Disney+ streaming service launched earlier today with many of the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe included, it’s expected the remainder will be added to the service with time… well almost all of them.
Ricky Strauss, Disney’s head of content and marketing for Disney+, spoke to The Verge this week about the possibility of bringing both “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home” to the service. Both films belong to Sony Pictures and while they are creatively a part of the MCU, legally and rights wise they’re very separate.
Strauss offered a fairly firm response – it ain’t happening:
“We love our friends at Sony, but we don’t have any plans to have the live-action Spider-Man movies on Disney+. We will have all the Spider-Man animated shows that we did so they’ll be on there under the Marvel banner. But who knows what can happen in the future?”
Sony is one of the few studios who’ve made it relatively clear they have no plans for a streaming service at this point – opting instead to license out its content to existing streamers like Netflix. A deal could be made, but after all the hassle it took just to get one more MCU Spider-Man film made, don’t hold your breath on this resolving any time soon.
As for the remaining MCU films, “Thor: Ragnarok” hits December 5th, “Black Panther” March 4th 2020, “Avengers: Infinity War” June 25th 2020, and “Ant-Man and the Wasp” July 29th 2020. Other holdouts wise, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” arrives December 26th and “Solo: A Star Wars Story” hits on July 9th 2020.