That may seem like a huge shock, but it was always bound to happen because Disney is looking to steer streamers to the upcoming Disney+ streaming service, which will exclusively carry Captain Marvel's hotly anticipated origin story movie.
Not only does it have The Mandalorian and another Star Wars live-action TV series in the works as exclusives to the service, the company has revealed that blockbuster movie Captain Marvel will also only be available on Disney+.
Disney chief Bob Iger said on an earnings call that he understands there is significant interest in the R-rated Deadpool movies, and he pledged that Disney will "continue in that business", and potentially even expand to do more.More news: Best Super Bowl Commercials of 2019
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"'It [Deadpool] clearly has been and will be Marvel branded", Iger said in a call with media, via The Hollywood Reporter. It also means that Fox, which has reaped big profits making R-rated Marvel superhero films such as "Deadpool" and "Logan", will now be reunited with the Avengers, a team of heroes that never breaches the PG-13 parameters while saving the world. "Many are the same innovators driving the prolific success of Disney, Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Marvel".
While the news isn't quite as surprising as the sudden cancellation of most of Netflix's MCU shows (we knew Disney would start to consolidate eventually), it does reflect just how serious Disney is about securing a spot within the streaming space that potential customers might take seriously. We are awaiting confirmation on Disney's plans for other countries.
Disney has released a number of R-rated films through various subsidaries such as Miramax, Dimension Films, and Touchstone Pictures over the years including Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Trainspotting, From Dusk Till Dawn, Sin City, Scream, Bad Santa, Con Air, Pretty Woman, and Starship Troopers.