Marvel Live-Action Series Coming to Netflix Featuring Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones; Will Lead up to THE DEFENDERS Mini-Series

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Reactions to Marvel’s first live-action series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., has been lukewarm, but the studio and parent company Disney are forging ahead with more live-action series with much bigger characters.  Disney has announced that they will be bringing “multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel’s most popular characters exclusively to [Netflix].”  The first series will be Daredevil, followed by (in unknown order) Jessica Jones (featured in comic book series Alias), Luke Cage (who had an on-again, off-again affair with Jones), and Iron Fist.  All four series will lead up to bringing the character together for “Marvel’s The Defenders mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.”  Marvel Television will produce in association with ABC Television Studios.

Hit the jump for more including the press release.

daredevil-comic-book-coverJessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Daredevil have all been rumored for feature films (in Daredevil’s case, a reboot) , but it’s even more exciting to take them to television.  The Marvel Movie Universe is already getting pretty crowded, and even at the pace of two movies a year, it’s a long line.  Rather than making fans wait on just one movie for these characters, they’re going to get a whole lot more.  Additionally, in the “Golden Age of Television” there’s a lot more creative potential depending on the showrunner(s) especially if Marvel and Netflix stick to the pre-determined length of the series.

Furthermore, Netflix feels like a much better home than network television.  Network television is a slave to procedurals where viewers can drop in and drop out.  The new paradigm provided by Netflix is arguably the future of the medium, and this is a huge acquisition for the streaming service/budding network.

Here’s the press release:

Disney’s Marvel and Netflix Join Forces to Develop Historic Four Series Epic plus a Miniseries Event Based on Renowned Marvel Characters

 Landmark Deal Brings Marvel’s Flawed Heroes of Hell’s Kitchen, led by “Daredevil,”

to the World’s Leading Internet TV Network in 2015

Burbank, Calif. –  Nov 7, 2013—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 miniseries programming event.

luke-cage-netflixLed 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’sThe 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.”

This new original TV deal follows last year’s landmark movie distribution deal through which, beginning with 2016 theatrically released feature films, Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run, live-action and animated movies from the Walt Disney Studios, including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature and Lucasfilm. Netflix members can currently enjoy a wide range of Disney, ABC TV and Disney Channel films and shows across the 41 countries where Netflix operates.

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  • bowers28

    Luke Cage and Jones are married with a child.

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  • mattinacan

    wow this is huge news

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    I like this idea. Netflix really has been a game changer as they have started developing their own tv shows and they can make it grittier compared to ABC. This is awesome news as I wanted to see Daredevil come back to the screen and always thought he worked better as a TV show. But this idea is very bold and cannot wait to see them merge these 4 shows into one. It just goes to show that Marvel really is staying on top of their game w originality.

    • Matty

      Too true. I hope they stay miniseries. Superhero shows always get ridiculous when they’re stretched out too long. Characters become immortal and storylines become repetitive. Netflix is a good choice though- Less executive interference and more creative freedom.

  • Norrtron

    Epic!!!!

  • NathanArizona

    This is big news, and the best way to get these characters added to the Cinematic Universe. They will fit well into television because they will work great for story-of-the-week type episodes while still carrying over serialized super-heroic elements. Matt Murdock can take unusual court cases by day, and investigate as Daredevil at night, while having ongoing rivalry with Kingpin or ninja group The Hand. Danny Rand can run his business while discovering about his powers and K’un L’un. Jessica Jones takes private eye cases, etc. Great idea by Marvel, and great to partner with Netflix, who has no content restrictions. Cast them right and it should be awesome. Punisher would also be a good fit for this little corner of the Marvel Universe.

  • bilbo bagshot

    Waw. that idea sounds really awesome. Great time to be a comic book fan….. and folks at DC and WB, please get your sht together. Time to fast-track that Gotham Central series. now.

  • eternalozzie

    They picked these characters because their powers require little special effects and will keep production costs down … it will be cool to see daredevil but the other 2 have always been generic B-grade characters

    • JBug

      Right on! I hope it’ll be heavy on drama/good writing/plot. These characters are rich giving a lot of room for just high quality writing. They won’t be bogged down by budget constraints because these heroes don’t need it.

    • Kevin

      Explain how Iron Fist and Luke Cage are generic.

  • ISeemToBeAVerb

    This is fairly frickin’ amazing news!

    @eternalozzie-

    Iron Fist generic?

  • JBug

    This sounds perfect. Miniseries is the best platform for this class of heroes. Let’s hope for good execution.

  • Jason Reichow

    I’ve basically had this idea for the past year, except with the Punisher instead of Jessica Jones. I would love for this show to be set in the 1970′s and have the Kingpin as the overarching villian

    • Norrtron

      Marvel doesn’t own the screen rights to Punisher unfortunately, unless things have changed in the last year or so.

      • MarZom1

        Things have indeed changed because Marvel owns the screen rights to The Punisher, Blade and I believe also The Ghost Rider.

      • Norrtron

        Glad I wasn’t too snotty with my reply then!

      • Leo Spaceman

        Things have indeed changed in the last year or so.

  • bidi

    i know a lot of people are ragging on DC/WB right about now, but weren’t they kind of the first ones to do this? look at Smallville. look at Arrow. i think they’re biggest problem is that most people associate the CW with garbage

    • Jamesy

      Exactly, DC/WB seem to have been sweeped under the carpet in terms of original content on tv. They’ve already had this idea and seen it through, I think because of the networks the shows are on people won’t give it a chance, but Arrow is actually a really enjoyable show.

      • Alexander Calvo

        having many heroes in one show is not the same as an interconnected universe of shows. Not at all.

    • Alexander Calvo

      Please, if all tv is the same then the hulk beat them by decades. DC has no inter connected tv shows, just two completely seperate tv shows.

      • Jamesyg

        Are DC/WB not trying to expand there tv universe? Introducing The Flash in Arrow, looking at bringing Hourman to CW? Arrow is a hit for them and although it is a bit cheesy at times, it is enjoyable and they’ve really did well pulling from the mythos of the character and bringing that to life with Deathstroke, Black Canary etc.

      • Alexander Calvo

        All in one show. The Hulk had Thor and daredevil and others in the 80′s. It is not the same. Dc has never had any interconnected properties outside of comics. it is not at all the same as what marvel is doing, different shows taking place in the same world, crossing over from time to time. Even if the flash is spun off it is not the same, it’s like saying the mcu did nothing new because Raj from national lampoon’s van wilder got his own movie.

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  • Jamesy

    Don’t get greedy Marvel, don’t get greedy. I couldn’t stand Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D it was just way too cheesy, the characters were just annoying and typical by the book tv characters…tall dark handsome, geeky witty duo, dark and tortured etc. Hopefully if this goes ahead it will be a more character driven show with drama and good writing, love the character of Daredevil and if he works well on tv then could get the greenlight for a reboot.

    • vpuik

      Which one of Marvel Studio’s previous productions suggested that Agents of Shield would be a character driven show with drama?

      On a more serious note… I guess they have noticed already that people watch totally different things on TV than in the movies so I wouldn’t be surprised if their next show will be more mainstream.

      • Jamesy

        They seem to be injecting too much humour though. I get it that some movies and tv shows need to have light hearted moments etc, but at times its just unnecessary and takes you out of the story. AoS was just awful I couldn’t watch the first episode all the way through without pausing and thinking this is just so cringeworthy. The characters are just cliche after cliche.

      • vpuik

        Here in the US there are hardly any family friendly shows left on TV. They are all either kids shows or adult shows. I guess it depends on how strongly they are trying to sell the show to international markets. In the US good guys vs bad guys shows have been in the decline for a while now, but at least with the movies international markets eat them up.

  • brNdon

    I love Iron Fist. I hope they get it right.

  • The Flobbit

    So long as they don’t go the way of cheesy Whedon humor and smarmy characters, small stakes and bad jokes…this should be good.

    • grapes9h5

      I think this being on Netflix is a sign that it wont be a victim of those well put problems. I think while Marvel hopes money wise SHEILD grows into a hit network procedural that does monster ratings for 8 years, I think they’ve already either have learned their lesson on its quality issues, or because they knew they had this in the works, never intended it to be the cool universe expanding fanboy project that many mistakenly hoped SHEILD would be.

  • Nathan

    Isn’t this basically Heroes for Hire?

  • bombinUSA

    blade tv show with wesley snipes please.

  • http://whiterosebrian.tumblr.com/ White Rose Brian

    Sweet Christmas, this has potential.

  • Marvel….

    This has potential! Hopefully they turn out better than the lackluster AoS. Honestly, they should’ve translated Luke Cage and gang to the small screen first. How awesome would it have been for a newly released from prison Luke Cage returning to a neighborhood devastated by the Battle of New York? Alien tech falling into the hands of gangs leading to a severe escalation of crime and a gang war between the Owl and Kingpin! No visibility or intervention from SHIELD. The cops are out gunned and outmatched. Would’ve made for great television.

  • NICK НΛRT

    YES IM SO EXCITED OMG seriously this is great news, i just hope that they get a good writing staff, cast etc

  • TheDarkNut

    Obviously these shows will go where AoS can’t go in terms of grit. Kudos to Marvel for realizing that need to present these characters away from the restraints of broadcast television. My two issues with this are minor ones: 1) Netflix debuts the entire season at once so 13 episodes will be watched by most fans within a week, lets hope that the time frame inbetween shows is about 3 months. That would spread it out over a year to build up to this Defenders miniseries (which is my second gripe) 2) why wouldn’t this become a Heroes for Hire with Daredevil in the mix? The classic Defenders except Namor are/will be set up in the MCU with Dr Strange appearing in phase 3 (which is around the time this will be available) so why waste the opportunity unless Strange is going to be an Avenger (meh) ..I am however intrigued how this will crossover with AoS as this is one big happy universe.

  • Television is a Waste of Time

    It’s far from the “Golden Age of Television.” All these HBO/Showtime shows are merely recycled Hollywood genre tropes stretched out paper thin till there’s really no creativity left and topped off with B grade production.

  • Michael Singer

    All of these characters are perfect for television. Also, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist could crossover very easily in a Heroes for Hire-esque event. Luke and Iron Fist are close friends, and Luke and Jessica are married. Daredevil is also a recurring ally. The Defenders sound very cool as well.

  • Herofreak2099

    While this is thrilling news, I sincerely hope Marvel lets each show develop its own unique identity. The movies have been great, but there’s been a ‘house style’ applied in the past. Each had that more realistic sci-fi tone. Works for some, like Iron Man & Cap. But Thor would have been better suited to a more epic style embracing the fantasy.

    Would they try a ‘TV house style’ with these shows? It might all lead to Defenders, but that shouldn’t stop Marvel from hiring the best production teams for each. I want a Iron Fist show noticeably different from Jessica Jones. In the cinematography, action style, mythology, etc. Marvel should take the opportunity to explore new options for production teams. How cool would it be to have the guys from “The Raid” work on Iron Fist?

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  • Bruno Silva

    Is that Batman?

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