The Walt Disney Company has announced plans to launch its own direct-to-consumer streaming service in 2019, coinciding with the lapsing of its current streaming deal with Netflix. While Disney's announcement focuses on the movies that will premiere on its new service, the bigger question for superhero fans is how - if at all - this will affect Netflix's line of Marvel superhero shows like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher, and future seasons of the Defenders (if there are any).
Announced back in 2013, the Marvel/Netflix deal was originally for "a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a culminating Marvel's the Defenders mini-series event."
The Defenders is scheduled to debut on August 18, and Marvel and Netflix have already jointly-announced new seasons for all four solo shows, as well as The Punisher, that would stretch out well into 2018 and even 2019.
But Marvel has already shown its cards in terms of a life for this group of shows outside of Netflix with the home video releases (via Walt Disney Home Entertainment) of Daredevil and Jessica Jones already on store shelves.
Of course, Marvel is already making a series for another Netflix rival - Hulu's Runaways - but Disney's as-yet-unnamed 2019 streaming service is slated to have "an annual slate of original movies, TV shows, short-form content" and more.
In some form or another you have to believe Disney will eventually populate its streaming service with content from one of its most popular intellectual properties - Marvel. Whether that takes the form of brand-new properties or successful existing ones remains to be seen.
Daredevil and his Defenders might call New York City their hometown - but Netflix, they don't necessarily have those same allegiances.