It is the place that brings together entertainment proposals in series and movies from Disney, Marvel, Pixar Star Wars and National Geographic. However, there are some Marvel movies that are not Disney Plus. Why?
Within its Cinematic Universe there are three films that are conspicuous by their absence: “The Incredible Hulk” (2008), “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017) and “Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)”. This is due to a question of rights involved in the MCU, since the studios responsible for these productions changed owners on multiple occasions.
In November 2006, Universal Pictures reached an agreement to distribute “The Incredible Hulk”, in a parallel agreement to the one that Paramount had with Marvel since 2005. But Universal and Disney reached an agreement, because the former has the rights to theme parks of Marvel that Disney wants for theirs.
In the case of the other two titles, its absence is explained because in 2015, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios signed an agreement only to include Spider-Man in the MCU but not because of the ownership of the solo productions.
“The Incredible Hulk,” starring Edward Norton, was a co-production between Marvel Studios and Universal Pictures. However, the latter company has the distribution rights, so Disney would have to reach an economic agreement with the company to be able to incorporate the film into its catalog. It is also for this reason that they chose to practically not mention anything about this version of the Emerald Giant in the rest of the installments and the Mark Ruffalo version goes the other way.
A similar case is that of “Spider-Man: Homecoming”, but with Sony Pictures, the studio that has the distribution rights of the spider movies starring Tom Holland. It is a pending issue for Marvel Studios not to own the film rights to the Peter Parker stories, as they were never able to reach an agreement for the character to be part of the MCU in its entirety. In any case, the contract with Disney + is separate, so both companies must negotiate for this film and its sequels to be included in the catalog.
With 23 films made and cohesive in 12 years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of the most popular and successful franchises of the last decades. Having them all available together on the same platform is the desire of any streaming service and therefore the main hallmark of Disney +. But the story cannot be completed yet due to the absence of these three titles, although it is a matter of time.