We got some huge Marvel TV news coming down the pipes today folks! A few days ago our man Ed said something was in the works and here’s what we are getting. Marvel has announced they have five new shows in the works, all of which will find a home on Netflix. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist are all set to make their small screen live action debuts on the streaming service leading up to an Avengers style crossover, The Defenders.
The shows are each set to get about thirteen hours of screen time; I’m guessing thirteen one-hour episodes, with Daredevil leading the charge. It will be interesting to see if the shows cross over any further during their runs such as Cage and Iron Fist teaming up for a Heroes For Hire episode or if Jones and Cage will have a child like they did in the comics. It’s also very interesting to note that Netflix was chosen as the home for these new shows since Disney owns ABC, which is currently airing Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Maybe they thought these characters couldn’t find a mainstream appeal with audiences on a broadcast network. My only hope is that these shows are handled better than S.H.I.E.L.D. as (and you can come after me for this, but you know it’s true) the show has been lacking in many areas including cast, writing and originality.
Here’s the official press release:
The Walt Disney Co. and Netflix Inc.today announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel’s most popular characters exclusively to the world’s leading Internet TV Network beginning in 2015. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to a miniseries programming event.
Led by a series focused on “Daredevil,” followed by “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage,” the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a culminating Marvel’s “The Defenders” mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.
Produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Television Studios, this groundbreaking deal is Marvel’s most ambitious foray yet into live-action TV storytelling.
“This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel’s brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling. Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel’s specialty,” said Alan Fine, President of Marvel Entertainment. “This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in what’s sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure.”
“Marvel’s movies, such as ‘Iron Man’ and Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’, are huge favorites on our service around the world. Like Disney, Marvel is a known and loved brand that travels,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “With ‘House of Cards’ and our other original series, we have pioneered new approaches to storytelling and to global distribution and we’re thrilled to be working with Disney and Marvel to take our brand of television to new levels with a creative project of this magnitude.”
This new original TV deal follows last year’s landmark movie distribution deal through which, beginning with 2016 theatrically released feature films, Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run, live-action and animated movies from the Walt Disney Studios, including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature and Lucasfilm. Netflix members can currently enjoy a wide range of Disney, ABC TV and Disney Channel films and shows across the 41 countries where Netflix operates.
So there you have it folks. Netflix and Marvel are doing big things in 2015. Personally I think this deal with Netflix is a great way to build an audience for some of Marvel’s lesser-known characters.
Source: Bleeding Cool