In a tweet Monday afternoon, Netflix announced that Avengers: Infinity War will premiere on its streaming service on Christmas Day, December 25. However, the superhero movie could be one the last Marvel titles to be available on Netflix, because Disney will be rolling out its own service, called Disney+, in late 2019.
That new streaming service comes on the heels of the Disney-Fox acquisition, which will end the company’s partnership with Netflix in 2020. It also means that starting next year, Netflix won’t have the rights to air any of Disney’s new titles. And the rest of the Disney’s extensive catalog will disappear from the popular streaming service shortly after—including the Marvel blockbuster, which was the fourth-largest movie release ever (behind Avatar, Titanic and Star Wars: The Force Awakens).
While the exact release date (along with the price) of Disney+ has yet to be announced, the company has provided a sneak peek at what’s to come. According to CEO Bob Iger, the service will be the only place where viewers can stream all of the Disney movies, along with shows and movies from the Disney brand, like Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars and National Geographic. It’s also rumored that the company is working on some original programming, similar to what Netflix and Hulu have both done.
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) November 19, 2018
So while Netflix might be giving its viewers a much-anticipated Christmas present, it will also be short-lived, at least on the current service. Fans who want a preview of what’s to come for Disney+ can visit their website-in-the-making at preview.disneyplus.com.