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CBMB: Disney Working on Star Wars and Marvel Live-Action Series for Streaming Service

By Muuka Muyumba

Disney continues to build its war-chest for the future of its media companies, and recent reports have them using Disney lining up a new Star Wars and Marvel live-action projects for their yet-to-be-named streaming service.

Disney CEO Bob Iger has frequently been in communication with his shareholders lately after their acquisition of parts of 20th Century Fox, as they prepare for government oversight, and transitioning various properties for the future. Iger has also recently had to strike back at rumors that Fox may also be considering an aggressive offer from Comcast.

Iger stated that “[w]hen you go to market with ‘Star Wars’ movies, Disney movies, Pixar movies, Marvel-branded and branded television shows under those unbrellas…that will give us the ability to probably spend less than if we had gone to market with a direct-to-consumer service without these brands,” in a recent quarterly earnings call.

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As Iger has been more vocal to stem the fears of shareholder, Fox officials also remained committed to Disney. 21st Century Fox’s top executive Peter Rice offered that “[Fox] struck a deal that we thought was good for Fox shareholders,” adding that the Fox assets are “a great fit for Disney.”

Fox could turn an eye back to Comcast, but Disney provides such strong brand recognition that the anticipation for the streaming service has fanboys and girls drooling for the content potential of the deal. Fox and Disney could test their synergy strategies by blending an X-Men property with characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

A Star Wars series on the service would also probably foot the cost for the monthly app fee. The promise of this series gives fanboys and girls even more of an option to streaming juggernauts like Hulu or Netflix. However, Disney has made deals with those streaming services for shows like The Runaways and The Defenders, but can promise exclusive Star Wars content unlike anyone else.

Disney’s streaming service is rumored to debut in 2019, likely around the time that they premiere their ESPN standalone app.

Source: Deadline