When Disney + was first announced, fans were paid more than the sheer amount of content the streaming service could offer. In addition to the Disney brand, the company promised that Disney + would offer plenty of Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars programming. However, this does not mean that what some fans were hoping to see will be available on day one.
For example, some Disney-owned movies are still tied to licensing agreements with major competitor Netflix and other streaming services. Little by little, Disney + intended to expand its catalog to include not only the 2019 release but also Blind Spots in its previous catalog. One of the most arrogant omissions on the site? Every X-Men movie.
Why doesn’t Fox have ‘X-Men’ movies on Disney +?
After Disney bought Fox, fans produced 12 X-Men movies from the studio from 2000 to 2019, or at least most of them would be available on Disney +. But aside from a trio of animated series, the streaming service has nothing on the X-Men.
It is unclear exactly why the Marvel mutants have disappeared. It could be argued that the release of X-Men movies allowed Disney + Marvel to link its content library more closely to the Cinematic Universe. And the fact that Fox’s latest X-movie Dark Phoenix was one of the most unsuccessful movies of 2019 didn’t help the series.
But the most likely reason may be, once again, exceptional license agreements. Many of the X-Men movies were streaming exclusively on the FuboTV platform when Disney + launched. We then speculated that the franchise could join the Marvel section of Disney +. Now it seems it’s finally heading in that direction
Marvel’s mutants may come on Disney +
While Disney + customers can expect the X-Men movies to be available, Disney and Marvel have not officially made any announcements. But international residents have already started reaching out to them. Given that international licenses are regulated separately, this turn of events should come as no particular surprise.
At the moment, Disney + customers in Canada can stream most of the X-Men movies. Eight Dark Phoenix movies are currently available, unmatched for the only release in the main series. Additionally, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine from 2013 are also included.
What about the movies ‘Logan’ and ‘Deadpool’?
Of course, the entire X-Men franchise is not on Disney +, not even in Canada. Three R-rated installments – 2016’s Deadpool, 2017’s Logan, and 2018’s Deadpool 2 – are nowhere to be found. Given that these are three of the most successful X-Men movies, their absence may seem strange, but not when you consider Disney’s main audience.
The new streaming service is always intended to cater to a largely familiar crowd. For example, The Simpsons are available to stream on Disney +, while Family Guy is not. Until then, fans shouldn’t expect these tough X-Men movies to hit Disney +.