Luke Cage Down for the Count as Netflix Severs More Marvel Ties

Hot Deal Gone Cold

When Marvel and Netflix inked the original deal, it was set for five shows, starting with Daredevil and continuing on with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders. What started out as a very good deal – Daredevil and Jessica Jones had stellar freshmen outings – slowly cooled over the last couple years as shows took a dive in quality. It’s likely things froze up completely when Disney decided not only to start its own competing streaming service, but to stop putting the eyeball-tugging Marvel movies on Netflix’s gigantic streaming service.

This streaming war is starting to look like it’s own Marvel’s Civil War. On one side, you have the high-tech newcomer, Netflix, a company that accounts for 15 percent of all internet traffic at the minimum, and it’s only that low because their compression algorithms are really good. On the other side is Disney, the old guard of motion picture media, around since before movies even had sound. And also the owner of basically everything you like. In addition to its own legendary catalog, Disney owns Marvel comics, Lucasfilm, Pixar, ESPN, and now the massive entertainment catalog of 21st Century Fox. From Ant-Man to Zootopia.

In other words, if anyone can punch at Netflix’s weight in a streaming war, it’s Disney.

It seems, then, like Netflix and Disney’s disconnect has become mutual at this point.

Article source: https://www.technobuffalo.com/2018/10/20/luke-cage-cancelled/