I was talking to fellow Renegade writer Caleb after we saw the press screening of Thor: The Dark World on Tuesday night and we started talking about what Marvel could do in the future. I mentioned that I heard strong rumors that Marvel was going to try to bring a show to Netflix. Well, the Marvel Netflix rumors were true and Marvel just made a HUGE announcement today.
The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: 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 mini-series programming event.
The four TV series will be Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Netflix has agreed to four 13-episode seasons, one for each title, all taking place in Hell’s Kitchen. It also sounds like they are going to be a bit adult-oriented, referring it to the “gritty world of heroes and villains.” It almost sounds like a version of Marvel Knights is coming to Netflix.
That is huge news to me. When I was talking to Caleb, I said the best options would be Daredevil, Luke Cage and Punisher, so I am getting two of the three that I was hoping for. Iron Fist seems strange to have on his own since he was Luke Cage’s partner for much of his comic career as Heroes for Hire.
Jessica Jones is a super-powered heroine who ends up eventually beginning a relationship with Luke Cage and the two have a child in the comics. Interestingly, Cage and Drew met when Matt Murdoch (Daredevil) hired them to be his bodyguard after his secret identity was exposed. So, at the end of the day, all four are connected in their comic book history.
That brings us to the even more exciting news.
These movies will culminate in a mini-series based on The Defenders.
That is so very awesome. When I was a kid, The Defenders was one of my favorite comics. They were considered a “non-team” because, unlike The Avengers and Fantastic Four, they were not a “legitimate” team, but more of a group of heroes who helped each other when needed and the lineup changed a lot.
The main heroes were Dr. Strange, Silver Surfer, Hulk and Namor, but in this case, it sounds like they will have the TV characters join up as The Avengers, which is fine with me. Having Luke Cage and Iron Fist team up with Daredevil and Spider-Woman should be great.
“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.”
The new Marvel Netflix television series’ start in 2015. Is everyone else as excited as I am? Chime in below.