After shelling out billions of dollars to purchase both Marvel Studios and George Lucas' LucasFilm, home to the Star Wars franchise, the studio has wasted little time getting projects under both of these companies into development. Marvel is currently in production on Captain America: Civil War, the first in their nine-movie Phase Three slate, and December's Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be the first of a new trilogy, plus new stand alone movies as well. With all of this content coming our way, Disney is reportedly considering creating TV networks for both their Marvel Studios and Star Wars brands. Here's what Disney CEO Bob Iger had to say during last week's conference call with investors.
"We have said that with these channels and these brands -- ESPN, ABC, Disney, maybe even down the road something related to Star Wars and Marvel -- we do have an ability as a company to take product, specifically filmed entertainment, television, movies, directly to consumers."
What exactly would air on these networks is uncertain, but it would surely give the company an outlet to air Star Wars or Marvel Studios movie marathons, along with a venue for new programming as well. It isn't known if Bob Iger is referring to starting new cable networks devoted specifically to Star Wars and Marvel Studios, or if it would be a streaming service comparable to Playstation Network's Vue or Sling TV. Of course, even if Disney does put forth plans for dedicated Star Wars or Marvel Studios TV channels, it likely won't happen for quite some time, to give the studio ample time to build up a library of content.