Captain Marvel will be the first Marvel Studios film to premiere exclusively on Disney+. While this figured to be the case since it was announced back in August 2017 that Disney would be ending its contract with Netflix, the House of Mouse made it a bit more official during its recent earnings call.
Disney CEO Bob Iger told investors that Captain Marvel will make its streaming service debut on Disney+ and not Netflix following its theatrical run. Disney did not reveal when exactly Captain Marvel would premiere on the streaming service as it only hits theaters next month on March 8.
Marvel films were typically added to Netflix seven or eight months after the start of their theatrical run. Assuming Disney follows that same schedule with its own service, it would put Captain Marvel on Disney+ in October or November, assuming the service is launched by then.
Disney has maintained a late 2019 launch window for Disney+ but has not provided a specific date. A demo of the Disney+ app is scheduled for April 11 which should provide further details and hopefully more specifics regarding its launch date and pricing.
One thing Iger did confirm is that the company has no plans to adjust the theatrical release window of its movies to get them on Disney+ any sooner. Additionally, the CEO revealed that “a number of creative engines across our company” are “dedicating their time and talents to develop content” for the service. This includes talent at Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Marvel, as well as National Geographic.
While Captain Marvel will mark the official end of new Marvel films on Netflix, it’s unclear what will happen to current MCU films on the service. Netflix currently offers subscribers access to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.
Captain Marvel flies into theaters on March 8, 2019.