AceShowbiz - TNT and Marvel Studios strike a big deal that includes "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and four other not-yet-released Marvel movies. The network acquires the commercial TV rights to the superhero movies, making them available to small screen two years after the theatrical release.
"Marvel's brand of entertainment is a thrill ride for audiences, and we're excited to be adding their next five blockbusters to TNT's arsenal of high-quality genre fare," said Deborah Bradley, senior VP, head of program acquisitions, content strategy and licensing for Turner Broadcasting System. "These movies will play a key role in TNT's long-term success, especially among key adult demos."
The deal also includes "Captain America 3" which hits theaters May 6, 2016. The other three movies are not yet revealed but Marvel has "Ant-Man", "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" and "Dr. Strange" in its upcoming list.
Marvel previously pre-sold the cable rights to its movies such as "Iron Man" and "The Incredible Hulk" to FX. The cabler had been airing the studio's movies since 2008 and it's unclear why the deal went to TNT this year. The financial terms between TNT and Disney, which owns Marvel Studios, were not disclosed.