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4 New Marvel Live Action Series Coming to Netflix


By Robert T. Trate     November 07, 2013
Source: Deadline.com

Daredevil arrives on Netflix in 2015
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Perhaps it was only a mater of time. Since Netflix has launched both a gangster and horror series to their channel, a superhero one was the next logical step. However, I don’t think any of us expected to see this assortment of heroes on that show or any other. Get ready Maniacs, because in 2015 Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist will arrive on the small screen. Check out all the details in the press release below. 

Official Press Release: The Walt Disney Co. (Marvel is a known and loved brand that travels,” sNYSE: DIS) and Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) 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.

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lusiphur 11/7/2013 8:21:24 AM

 The only thing I don't like, which may change as time goes by, is the combined title of "The Defenders".  With this cast, it should be called "Heroes for Hire".

jedibanner 11/7/2013 8:22:19 AM

That is huge news, looking forward to this big time.

ElBaz13 11/7/2013 8:22:26 AM

That is awesome news!

I personally prefer 13 episode seasons. 22 drags too long.
Let the casting call begin! Thoughts on DD? Jessica Jones?  I'm willing to bet the role of Matt Murdock will be the bigger name.

Garrett Hedlund as Matt Murdock? Dwayne Johnson as Luke Cage?

Keep in mind, because this isn't network TV, it might attract bigger stars.

Wiseguy 11/7/2013 8:24:02 AM

I was starting to think this one got past you Bob :)

OK outside of the fact that this eliminates any big screen features for the above mentioned characters any time soon I am excited for this. Let's face it, some characters are better served with series instead of a 2 hour film not to mention a studio can only churn out so many movies at a time.

I didn't know the part about all the other feature films from all Disney branches premiering with Netflix after 2016. Guess come 2015 Netflix will have at least 1 new customer

ElBaz13 11/7/2013 8:24:56 AM

Agree Iusiphur. When I think of Defenders, I think of Strange, Hulk, Namor and Surfer.

Well, at least Luke Cage and DD were members but not the founding ones. Stick with Heroes for Hire.


skip2mylu 11/7/2013 8:28:58 AM

 I'm happy that it will be on Netflix, they can do so much more than cable TV,

Wiseguy 11/7/2013 8:32:02 AM

Heroes for Hire makes them out to appear like mercs. I'm okay with Defenders since we're unlikely to see the real Defenders on screen any time soon since all major characters are headed for the Avengers

monkeyfoot 11/7/2013 8:44:58 AM

When vague info came out about Marvel/Disney shopping shows around to venues I knew this was pretty much exactly what they were going for.

These characters are not or haven't proven theatrically successful but they are great series. They are all street level heroes as opposed to guys who can smack a ship out of the air or get across country easily. They are have an interrelated locale. I knew Moon Knight wouldn't be in this group because he's too similar to Batman and DD but I thought the Punisher would be. But instead of him they made a good move by including a woman character in Jessica Jones. I'm not that familiar with her other than a quick google so you guys can tell me if she is a great heroine.

Being on Netflix has great advantages. House of Cards type programming is perfect for this. They can make an entire series all at once and release it all at once, like getting the graphic novel of a DD or Iron Fist story. All the shows can be interrelated without having to worry about one spoke in the wheel getting low ratings and being cancelled.

And what's most important to me is you can finally get the episodic nature of comic book storytelling translated to the screen. You can't do that with one shot big movies every two years. Now we can have character development, continuing subplots, the death of characters after being their awhile. I always thought DD was much better suited to TV than movies. It can be like Justified or Breaking Bad.

Also you don't have to cast big stars as was complained about in the last DD movie. For all these series you just have to cast the right actors not neccesarily the best box office draw.


I'm as excited as a giddy little girl going  to her first dance!

Eldogg42 11/7/2013 9:52:31 AM

This is great news! I was hoping they would do this sooner or later.

fft5305 11/7/2013 10:56:50 AM

I worry about Jessica Jones being included in the group. She's not a costumed hero anymore, isn't she? From what I recall, she was the original Spider-Woman and lost her powers. Might seem out of place to have an ordinary, plain-clothed PI next to costumed superheroes. I realize that these are low-level heroes, and not Hulk-level guys. And I realize that Black Widow and Hawkeye are non-powered humans, too, but they have weapons and abilities that allow them to fight alongside the big guns.

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