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ESPN's streaming service tops 2M subscribers: Disney CEO Bob Iger

ESPN's streaming service tops 2M subscribers: Disney CEO Bob Iger”

However, Iger's comments do offer fans anxious about Deadpool's fate in the new Disney-Marvel some major relief. Beginning with Captain Marvel, new Disney movies will be skipping Netflix and heading for the Mouse House's soon-to-launch streaming competitor, which is expected to open later this year.

Disney CEO, Bob Iger, explained in an investors call that the company is happy to forgo its licensing revenue (of around £108 million) in order to make Disney+ a success.

With that said, the CEO also hinted that while the Deadpool franchise will retain its oats going forward, look for the 3rd film to fall under a different banner than those associated with Disney or Marvel films (traditionally) - so as to "not confuse the consumer".

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. 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. Except it will have exclusive countless blockbusters from the Marvel, Lucasfilm, Jim Henson, Pixar, National Geographic and Fox catalogs - something that Netflix can't touch.

We do believe there is room for the Fox properties to exist without significant Disney influence over the nature of the content. And, when added with other Disney films that will release this year, Disney estimates it will cut operating income by about $150 million.



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