In our continuing coverage of why Marvel is kicking all kinds of ass right now here on One Of Us, we bring you news that Marvel has teamed up with Netflix to produce four live-action shows starring Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones! Each hero is getting a minimum thirteen (and hopefully a whole bunch more after that) episode series. Oh, and did I forget to mention the kicker? Once all the shows have run the heroes will all team up for a Defenders mini-series!
Daredevil is first up and is confirmed for 2015, with Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and then Luke Cage to follow in the months and years to follow. Production of these shows will be headed by a combination of Marvel Television and ABC Television Studios. The placement of the Luke Cage series being the last one before the mini-series seems like a clever tactical move on Marvel’s part as Cage is the major connecting factor between these characters and his series can be used to bring the heroes together when the time comes.
Being on Netflix allows these shows to go in a more gritty and adult then the more family friendly Agents of Shield. While the content will most likely stray into as dark and mature material as with other series on Netflix like House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black, the shows will at least be able to go as dark as the films have been, and considering the characters in question may perhaps even skew a bit darker. No word yet if these series will be in the same universe as the Marvel films, but we can hope!
Alan Fine, President of Marvel Entertainment had this to say about the project:
“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.”
Normally this is the part where we ask what you think, but we all know this is a win. Many fans, myself included, will be there to binge watch each show as they are released. Instead, tell us which hero are you most excited to see and who you think should play them.