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.
Jessica 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.
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’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.