Do you think the MCU Spider-Man movies should be streaming on Dinsey+? Well, get ready for this: future Spider-Man movies won’t ever hit Disney+, at least for a long time. Here’s why.
Netflix just had a major victory in the streaming wars, as it was announced today that Sony Pictures agreed to a five-year licensing deal that will give Netflix domestic streaming rights to Sony’s theatrical releases beginning next year. It’s a huge win for the popular streaming service and, perhaps even more importantly, it’s a potentially massive loss for one of Netflix’s biggest streaming competitors.
The deal, which is set to begin in 2022, gives Netflix streaming rights to a variety of popular Sony franchises, including Jumanji, Venom, and Bad Boys, as well as first-look options at any films Sony is making directly for streaming. But the most important part of the deal for Netflix is that the company will now be the streaming home of any future Spider-Man movies over the next several years, including the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Why is this such a big deal? Because the Spider-Man movies are a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is the biggest film franchise in the known universe. And almost all MCU movies and TV shows are under the umbrella of Marvel Studios, which is, of course, owned by Disney.
Disney’s ownership of Marvel is a massive selling point for Disney+, as Disney’s streaming service is the only place you can stream the majority of the MCU catalog. Except for the Spider-Man movies, as the friendly neighborhood franchise is still owned by Sony. That’s right despite Peter Parker officially joining the Avengers and appearing in several MCU films, Spider-Man is technically only on loan to Disney.
Of course, this deal won’t last forever and Disney surely already has a master plan to eventually get its hands on the Spider-Man franchise but for now, at least one member of the MCU has a home on Netflix instead of Disney+. And that alone is reason enough for Netflix to celebrate.