Marvel looked to be going big in terms of TV and now they have shown it. Marvel has signed a deal with Netflix to produce four separate new live-action TV series between Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones. Marvel Television in association with ABC Television Studios will produce the series. The four shows will then lead into a team-up miniseries, The Defenders. Excited? You should be.
Daredevil will come first in 2015, followed by Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Netflix notes “the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming,” and that it will take “taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York,” indicating the series will be very interconnected. Each series has a minimum commitment of 13 episodes each. The Defenders is described as “a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.”
“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.”
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said, “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,”