Disney CFO Compares Netflix's Approach To THE DEFENDERS To Marvel Studios' THE AVENGERS

Talking at the 41st Annual UBS Global Media and Communications Conference, Disney CFO Jay Rasulo has talked briefly about the decision to team with Netflix for The Defenders as well as reflecting on the acquisitions of both Marvel and Lucasfilm. Do they have anyone else in their sights?

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By Josh Wilding - 12/10/2013

"We don't have anything on the scale of Marvel or Lucasfilm right now," Disney's Chief Financial Officer Jay Rasulo said during his appearance at the 41st Annual UBS Global Media and Communications Conference earlier today. "I don't feel there is anything we need...you will continue to see us do acquisitions in the future." There have been various rumours over the past year or so about who might join Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm under the Disney umbrella, with Hasbro at one point mentioned as a legitimate contender, but it's clear that they're quite content with what they have (for now at least). Apparently, the CFO then went on to sat that the Star Wars franchise will be "a key driver of Disney's studio performance" moving forwards, and that we should expect to see "much more in terms of Star Wars consumer products on offer around that release."

As for the recent decision to create four individual Marvel series for Netflix (Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage), later combining them into The Defenders, Rasalo said the decision to not use a traditional TV network stemmed from a desire to simply look outside for distribution. "It's a little bit like the Avengers strategy, he added. "I'm not sure I would call [Netflix] our go-to SVOD partner. We try to be even-handed and, of course, advantageous to Disney. We are out there playing the field." That's a reference to the fact that Netflix wasn't the only place they pitched their plans for the four superheroes listed above, so there's nothing to say we won't see Marvel's influence grow even wider than Disney XD, ABC and Netflix when it comes to TV!
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rocky - 12/10/2013, 7:53 AM
Maybe they can buy back the X-Men and Fantastic Four from Fox
superotherside - 12/10/2013, 7:56 AM
Can't wait for the Netflix series. Hopefully it will be good.

BTW does anyone have any updates on the GOTG trailer? It should be out in a few weeks at the most right?
superotherside - 12/10/2013, 7:58 AM
MrFridayNight I think DD can work well with a TV series. Especially since he wouldn't need huge special effects etc. like most big action movies do these days. I think DD for TV show is perfect because that way we can delve into more of his rich history something which most movies rush.
Brainiac13 - 12/10/2013, 8:00 AM
DD deserves a Movie!

JoeMomma29 - 12/10/2013, 8:09 AM
@ Brainiac

Agree!
7166charlie - 12/10/2013, 8:12 AM
@superotherside I don't think we will see a gotg trailer until at least near the winter soldier release personally, I hope im wrong
ATrueHero1987 - 12/10/2013, 8:14 AM
I agree that DD should get a movie first but they also said if the Netflix series does well-a movie won't be ruled out.
DrDoom - 12/10/2013, 8:15 AM
Daredevil reboot with Mr. Fear

MAKE IT

none of this netflix nonsense

(granted, I am happy these characters are getting some level of adaptation, I would really prefer movies)
MsDarkPhoenix - 12/10/2013, 8:17 AM
Movie??? Haha if Marvel Studios gave him a movie now it would be a comedy and DD doesn't deserve a comedy. I think his fate is better at Netflix, they have done some good shows.

I'm so excited for these series! FINALLY Daredevil and Luke Cage and Iron Fist and Jessica Jones this like awesome best announcement ever after The Avengers and Batman vs Superman!
rabid - 12/10/2013, 8:21 AM
DD belongs in tv. There is no good way to make a 2hr movie about him without butchering his best moments.
jlabatman - 12/10/2013, 8:23 AM
They need to make these shows an hour long per episode!
cipher - 12/10/2013, 8:23 AM
I'm cool with a DD series.
TheAbomination - 12/10/2013, 8:25 AM
DD should have got his own show on a real TV network.
19001560 - 12/10/2013, 8:25 AM
Is The Defenders in MCU?
TheDarkLord - 12/10/2013, 8:29 AM
Can't wait for 2015!!!
Jordanstine - 12/10/2013, 8:29 AM
Next BIG Disney Acquistion?

I have an idea:



Nomis - 12/10/2013, 8:31 AM
Defenders need to be "Darker" in presentation than the Avengers.
TheRationalNerd - 12/10/2013, 8:31 AM
I'm completely cool with where the film rights are for all characters in the marvel universe. I can understand that most people want the rights to revert back to Marvel/Disney but I say "Why?" Right now Marvel/Disney is struggling with keeping solid choices of directors for their films and along with the each of them comes movies that flop pretty hard (towards pleasing the fans not financial wise) but to me it's not all about money, sure you'll get an extraordinary chance of getting more films but at what cost of ruining specific characters story arcs and plot?

All studios have made films that totally made fans angry and disappointed but lately Sony and fox are really trying to get their character driven heroic films back up to parr while Marvel/Disney are making successful films (financial wise) but pretty bad/lazy storytelling (Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World)

Each studio is getting their fair share and if all these characters go back to Marvel/Disney there's a chance that we will hardly see all of our favorite heroes each summer in theaters.

I wouldn't mind a live X-Men or Spider-Man TV series done by marvel but right now I think they need to do better with the quality of their films than just the quantity of them. Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron are the only two films I still have faith in for phase 2.
TheMexicanSuperman - 12/10/2013, 8:32 AM
@yossarian, you will have to wait until the season finishes on Netflix for it to be released on blyray/dvd.
jlabatman - 12/10/2013, 8:33 AM
Dr. Strange needs his own show, cancel Jessica Jones! Rather see Jesica Drew instead of Jones anyway!
ClarkStark - 12/10/2013, 8:34 AM
@Jordanstine

I 2nd that, Sony Pictures is in financial trouble too last I heard.

Do it Disney!
DurtyTalynt - 12/10/2013, 8:37 AM
@rocky

Absolutely.

Right now im more excited about the netflix deal than any other newsso far. Intruder i agree. And i cant understand why some of the films cant be filmed like the potter films or lord of the rings. They could film three movies back to back so we dont have to wait 2-3 years for everyone. Let the actors and directors make committment while the info is still fresh in there heads
Alfredo27 - 12/10/2013, 8:38 AM
Could you imagine a marvel show on HBO? One can dream. I like dark comic interpretations not all this happy bright kids comedy stuff marvel has released in last year.
cipher - 12/10/2013, 8:40 AM
Tainted87 - 12/10/2013, 8:40 AM
Years ago, I was addicted to Dexter. I haven't watched past season 5, because I didn't really like the direction it was going.
Last night, I flipped on Netflix and checked out Dexter again. They only have the first four seasons, so I had to stick with what I've already seen (which is fine).

First season. Just after the audience has gotten the big reveal that Rudy (Deb's boyfriend) is the Ice Truck Killer, Dexter learns he had a father in Dade City who just recently died of a heart attack. Rudy insists that Deb go up there with her brother to give some kind of moral support. What's really awesome about the episode is watching it AFTERWARDS, knowing what happens later, but seeing it all play out in the details. Rudy is actual Brian, and Dexter's biological brother. He killed his own father, making it look like a fatal heart attack, just to arrange the meeting between him and Dexter.

We would never have seen that happen in a movie.

To say that Daredevil deserves a movie is like suggesting a movie is the end-all of things. Imagine what could happen in a Daredevil show.
TheRationalNerd - 12/10/2013, 8:40 AM
@intruder

Alright, I can respect that. Everyone has different connections/perceptions about what they want out of the MCU you know? So I think they're doing a great job with planning these films out ahead of time before awaiting or depending on an actors return or confusion within where to take the characters next in their films as well.
SuperCat - 12/10/2013, 8:41 AM
Defenders should be on the big screen with Dr. Strange as the leader.
HellsHammer - 12/10/2013, 8:41 AM
Alfredo27
Same here
TheRationalNerd - 12/10/2013, 8:42 AM
@Alfredo27

Agreed my brotha! lol
GodzillaKart - 12/10/2013, 8:46 AM
@Alfredo27: HBO would be great for sure, but have you seen "House of Cards"? Smart, great drama with gritty storylines and great characters.

Netflix may end up being a great venue for Marvel properties that have a darker tone than the current batch of films.
Liverpool4life - 12/10/2013, 8:50 AM
Even though there will be four individual shows leading into the Defenders miniseries, I hope they will throw in one or two more team members: Valkrie, Spiderwoman or Ghost Rider.

Desrow = potty training toddler.
Tevii - 12/10/2013, 8:52 AM
Hasbro wont be Disney's next acquisition.... Bet anything Disney buys Netflix in the near future
Pasto - 12/10/2013, 8:52 AM
I'm excited for this series. I'd take a netflix show over a film every day. The thing is, with netflix the shows will be longer. So we could possibly be looking at 13 1 hour episodes. That is 13 hours of Daredevil. Why would you want 2 hours?
Pasto - 12/10/2013, 8:53 AM
@Tevii I bet you that Disney will not buy Netflix. Netflix is generating so much money, why would they just give themselves to some company?
JoeMomma29 - 12/10/2013, 8:58 AM
@ Blackandyellow

I would have agreed with your statement about six months ago, but after seeing WB involved in making the Lego Marvel game I am sure WB is open to anything.

Then again WB may not want anything Marvel on HBO.
JoeMomma29 - 12/10/2013, 9:00 AM
@ Tevii

Also Disney would get a lot of flack if they tried to purchase Netflix because Disney already owns HULU and that could be mistaken as a monopoly!
Jokersnuts - 12/10/2013, 9:04 AM
@Godzillafart I agree House of cards was a great show and Netflix is the next best thing to an HBO series. If done right, it will far outshine AOS for sure.
DeadpoolMikeyXD - 12/10/2013, 9:06 AM
And I will be renewing my Netflix subscription for these shows alone!
Brainiac13 - 12/10/2013, 9:09 AM
If its done right and dark like the comics then I'll be happy for 13ep seasons.
redlion - 12/10/2013, 9:09 AM
I just want good movies..period. I also have enough sense to realize that a film being "dark" doesn't necessarily make it good and humor in a film doesn't automatically make it bad either.
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