In the wake of a few big announcements yesterday from Disney, Mouse House executive Bob Iger shed a bit more light on the Marvel/Netflix deal, as well as the Star Wars: Episode VII release date, during a conversation with Bloomberg TV. While discussing the Star Wars December 18 date, Iger points out that Avatar also opened on that date and went on to become the highest grossing movie of all time. He also teased an expanded Star Wars presence in both Disney World and Disneyland, while admitting that a change in writers on Star Wars: Episode VII is what ultimately caused the movie to shift from a summer 2015 date to December.
You can watch that specific part of the conversation below.
Iger also talked at length about the Marvel/Netflix deal, revealing that in addition to the four shows (and one mini-eries) announced yesterday, they're also working on another Marvel show for ABC, which is rumored to be an Agent Carter TV show tied to Hayley Atwell's character from Captain America: The First Avenger. A short film starring Atwell as the character received lots of positive buzz following its premiere on the recent Iron Man 3 Blu-ray.
One clarification we are going to need from Disney is when, exactly, these Marvel TV shows will be arriving on Netflix. The press release claims 2015, while Iger said they'll be giving them to Netflix beginning in 2016. Regardless, all this deal does is further prove that Marvel (with Disney's help) is truly redefining the way you build a franchise and it's exciting to watch.
Here are Iger's comments on the Netflix deal.
Coincidentally, I will be appearing on Bloomberg TV's "Street Smart" later today to talk all things Thor: The Dark World. We'll probably discuss the Netflix deal, too, so make sure you tune in around 4:30 p.m. EST.
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