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Why Is Disney Missing Marvel Movies?

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a box office juggernaut for over a decade, with each new release eagerly anticipated by fans around the world. However, one notable absence from the MCU’s lineup has been Disney’s own streaming service, Disney+. While other Marvel movies have been available to stream on the service, the absence of certain titles has left many fans wondering: why is Disney missing Marvel movies?

What Marvel Movies are Missing from Disney+?

Firstly, let’s take a look at which Marvel movies are currently missing from Disney+. The most notable omission is perhaps “The Incredible Hulk,” which was released in 2008 and starred Edward Norton as Bruce Banner.

Other missing titles include “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” Both of these films were produced by Sony Pictures but are part of the MCU.

Additionally, some fans have noticed that certain episodes of Marvel TV shows like “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Agent Carter” are also missing from Disney+, despite being produced by Marvel Studios.

Why Aren’t These Movies Available on Disney+?

There are a few reasons why certain Marvel movies aren’t currently available on Disney+. One reason is licensing agreements with other studios.

As mentioned earlier, both “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home” were produced by Sony Pictures, which retains the rights to the character. As such, it’s likely that any streaming rights for those movies would need to be negotiated separately.

Similarly, Universal Studios retains distribution rights for any standalone Hulk movies (like “The Incredible Hulk”), which could explain its absence from Disney+. While this doesn’t necessarily prevent Disney from offering the movie on their platform entirely, it would require additional negotiations and potentially higher fees.

Another factor to consider is timing. Some of these missing titles may simply be tied up in existing distribution deals with other streaming services. For example, “Spider-Man: Far From Home” was available to stream on Netflix until just before Disney+ launched.

What Does the Future Hold for These Missing Marvel Movies?

While it’s impossible to say for certain what the future holds, there are some promising signs that missing Marvel movies could eventually make their way to Disney+. For one, Disney has already made deals with other studios to bring their movies to the platform. For example, a deal was struck with Sony Pictures to bring “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” to Disney+ in 2021.

Additionally, as the streaming wars heat up and competition between services increases, it’s possible that studios will be more willing to negotiate streaming rights for their properties. This could lead to more Marvel movies (and TV shows) becoming available on Disney+ in the future.

The Bottom Line

While some fans may be disappointed by the absence of certain Marvel movies on Disney+, it’s important to remember that there are valid reasons why they might not be available. Licensing agreements and existing distribution deals can complicate matters, and negotiations can take time.

However, as Disney continues to expand its streaming service and compete with other platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, we could see more titles added to the lineup in the coming months and years. In the meantime, fans can still enjoy a wide variety of Marvel content on Disney+, including original shows like “WandaVision” and “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,” as well as classic movies like “Iron Man” and “Captain America: The First Avenger.”