Marvel and Netflix Team on Four Series Leading Up to The Defenders!

07 Nov

Alrighty then its time for some Marvel/TV-related news and when I read it online I just had to talk about it on my blog. The following info comes from superherohype:

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.””

Well damn! Did not even expect that. This is probably the best news that a lot of hardcore Marvel fans could have asked for. To have not only have Daredevil finally being handled under Marvel, but also have Luke Cage and Iron Fist? Two key characters that fans have been waiting on for AGES? YES! Praise the lord! It’s about bloody time. Now these characters have great potential and with Marvel finally bringing them into live action makes me smile and also shows that they’re ready to try out new things on the smaller screen rather than just making big blockbuster films all the time.

ugo-jessjones_480x640   Daredevil_65PowermanIronfistNow while I’m not overly aware of who Jessica Jones is, Daredevil, Luke Cage (Power Man) and Iron Fist on the other hand I’m well aware of and I think the idea of having these characters in particular on TV rather than film has been talked about before, but I never thought in a million years that the people at Marvel would be smart or gutsy enough to take the plunge, but here I sit corrected and I couldn’t happier.

Also to have these characters separate with solo adventures and then bring them together in their own team just like the comics is just such a sexy feeling. My only concern right now is 1) Is this under Marvel Studios? 2) If it part of Marvel Studios then will it ever tie into the Marvel Cinematic Universe films? And 3) Will there be enough interest to make these characters stand out?

I guess we’ll find out those questions and more as time goes on. So what do you lot think of this upcoming Marvel/Netflix TV deal thing?

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Posted by on November 7, 2013 in Media, Television


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