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Marvel Comics famously remains under the watchful control of The Walt Disney Company, but there are some carved-out exceptions remaining for a few characters, all of them locked in by relatively ancient licensing deals that pre-date the streaming era. Universal continues to have a say in the fate of Mark Ruffalo’s “Hulk,” who was allowed to appear in the Disney Plus series “She-Hulk” only because it was not technically a standalone Hulk project. Likewise, Sony continues to produce new projects about Spider-Man (aka Peter Parker), his familiar compatriots and, naturally, his diverse mostly animal-themed rogues gallery. The studio recently announced plans to link up with Amazon for a new slate of Spidey spinoff shows.

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Do niche services have a role to play in the streaming wars, or are they a musket in a battle of machine guns?

Heavyweight streaming services like Netflix, Peacock and Amazon are fighting for supremacy with broad, everything-for-everyone models.

Niche streaming services, by contrast, focus on a specific type of content for a specific audience. They pride themselves on being able to curate viewers' experiences with shows and movies they might not otherwise find. They often highlight their service's authenticity, efficiency and focus as competitive advantages. But as the behemoths spend big and increasingly expand their content libraries, is curation and community enough to survive?

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