Earlier we heard that Netflix has joined forces with Disney, becoming the exclusive platform for all Disney-related content. Beginning in September, Netflix will be the only streaming service (eliminating the likes of Amazon and Hulu) allowed to stream Disney films including Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm titles. However, now that we've had time to digest this news, there is one query that's on everyone's mind.
As customers are well aware, Netflix already has a lucrative deal with Marvel, allowing the streaming service to produce its own Marvel original series, such as Daredevil and Jessica Jones. The new deal with Disney will allow Netflix the opportunity to expand on this universe, housing all the blockbuster film titles from Marvel's catalogue — both current as well as films slated for release beyond 2016. It's also possible that the recently cancelled ABC series Marvel's Agent Carter will finally be available to stream as it is currently the only Marvel series not available on the platform.
But there is of course another implication that concerns Agent Carter. Considering the fan backlash after the controversial cancellation, perhaps this new joint venture will lead to Netflix reviving Marvel's Agent Carter as a Netflix/Marvel original series. As I've previously reported, the campaign to bring the series to Netflix has had overwhelming success thus far and shows no sign of slowing down. With an online petition in favor of Netflix reviving the show currently boasting an incredible 109, 801 signatures, the fans have proven their support.
Rumor has it that Netflix would need to acquire the rights to Agent Carter in a bid to revive it, but considering ABC is owned by Disney, who is now in partnership with Netflix, surely this would no longer be an issue. Furthermore, Netflix's deal with Marvel would make Agent Carter the perfect acquisition, as it could join the already vibrant and immensely successful lineup of Netflix's Marvel original series.
This wouldn't be the first time that Netflix has come to the rescue of a beloved series. Recent revivals include Gilmore Girls, Arrested Development and Longmire. Similarly, Amazon swooped in to save the day when BBC cancelled Ripper Street. The show now resides on Amazon Prime as one of its original series. Also worth mentioning is Fox's revival of Prison Break, despite the fact that the series ended several years ago and with low ratings.
While I understand that nobody wants to see their favorite shows disappear, I don't think I've ever seen a campaign as strong as the one behind Agent Carter, and the Netflix and Marvel deal isn't something that should be written off so easily.
The support for Marvel's Agent Carter continues to grow with each passing day and I for one would love the opportunity to see Peggy kick some more ass in a darker, grittier, Netflix-produced third season. All the signs were already pointing toward a Netflix revival, but with its new Disney acquisition, one can't help but predict that we haven't seen the last of Marvel's original Avenger.
Do you think the new Disney/Netflix deal points toward an Agent Carter revival? Tell me in the comments and if you'd like to sign the petition, click here.