Ladies and gentlemen and Darryn, the game just got changed. If you’re a current Netflix subscriber (and you really should be) and also love all those tight pants wearing, Hulk smashing Marvel superheroes, then you’re about to be really happy.
Remember that “package” of original TV series that Disney/Marvel was shopping around? Well the shopping phase is now over as Disney and Netflix have signed an unprecedented deal to produce four new live-action TV series and one mini-series for Marvel Television, including Daredevil and Luke Cage among others.
Netflix, who have recently made lots of waves with critically lauded original content like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, have committed to a multi-year deal producing four 13-episode series, starting first in 2015 with Daredevil and then moving onto Jessica Jones, then Iron Fist and finally Luke Cage, with all four series sharing the common thread of featuring street-level heroes based in Hell’s Kitchen, New York.
What makes this lineup different to anything else on TV right now, is that Marvel Television will be taking a page from Marvel Studios’ feature film playbook, with the four series all leading up to a “mini-series programming event” in The Defenders, which “reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.”
Now I don’t mean to blow my horn, but I actually picked three out of the four TV series, with Daredevil being the only exception. What I never saw coming would be that all these series would be culminating in a massive team-up affair, a la The Avengers. And in retrospect, it may just make have been kind of obvious. For those you that don’t know, in the Marvel comic book universe the Defenders was a team of “outsiders” who had a ever changing roster throughout their various incarnations, but the one member who was there on an almost permanent basis was the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange, who we already for a fact Marvel has plans for somewhere down the line.
Whether this whole plan will culminate in the introduction of Doctor Strange, or he would already have got his feature film and would be slumming it in Hell’s Kitchen, or even if it has absolutely bupkis to do with him, it’s still a pretty huge deal and Alan Fine, President of Marvel Entertainment, had this to say about it:
“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. 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.”
With these Marvel titles being added to Netflix’s already impressive stable of original series, the streaming service will just be going from strength to super strength.
Last Updated: November 8, 2013