Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada Talks Netflix’s DAREDEVIL Series; Compares It to a Graphic Novel

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Marvel is determined to turn our viewing habits upside down.  There are those who argue that the Marvel Cinematic Universe should be viewed like a gigantic TV series and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is the showrunner.  The studio’s first foray into television was the disappointing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which adhered to an episodic structure.  As we previously reported, S.H.I.E.L.D. will return for a second season and be joined by the new (and more promising) series Agent Carter.  But Marvel is also working with Netflix, and they’re developing series based on Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist, all of which will culminate in the miniseries The Defenders.  It’s the kind of ambition we’ve come to expect from Marvel, and while they’re turning movies into TV series, they’re planning to turn network series into movies.

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daredevil-comic-book-coverAs you can imagine, Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada is in-the-know when it comes to adaptations of the company’s characters.  A couple weeks ago, he said all of the Netflix series would exist within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  While he still won’t go into specifics for the shows—and those specifics are probably still being worked out since the first of the series, Daredevil, doesn’t hit until 2015—he did comment on how they were taking advantage of Netflix’s all-episode premiere model [via Comic Book Resources]:

One of the advantages is really from the planning stage — obviously it’s much easier to work with a smaller number of episodes than it is with a larger number of episodes. We can sit there and look at 13 episodes and plan it out as a very large movie. It makes seeing the bigger picture a little bit easier.

You can’t deny that there will be binge-viewing. You know that there are going to be some Marvel fans that when this show premieres, they are going to go on to Netflix, and they are going to sit there for 12 to 13-plus hours, and watch the entire thing all the way through. It’s going to happen. The Netflix model offers us the advantage of being able to construct the show in a manner that is very different than a weekly network TV show. Even the way that you parse out information and reveals within the show can be different than you would on weekly TV. With weekly TV, you sit there and go, “The audience may not want to wait two or three weeks to get this particular bit of information.” Whereas with Netflix, we might be able to hold onto a particular piece of information, because they may just watch it two hours later.

It’s a different kind of construction. The simplest way to put it in comic book terms is that it’s the difference between writing a monthly comic series as opposed to writing a graphic novel. You can tell the same story within the same page count in both formats, but you may parse out that information or construct your story differently because of how it’s going to be delivered and consumed.

I absolutely love hearing this because it shows that Marvel is not only willing to make bold moves, but they know how to make those moves.  They’re not simply using Netflix because it affords them freedom in terms of content; they’re also using it because they know how viewership habits can relate to storytelling.  I know when I’m reading a graphic novel, I don’t put it down between chapters (unless it’s something massive).

It’s still going to be a challenge to create what sounds like a 13-hour movie, but with Drew Goddard (director and co-writer of Cabin in the Woods) at the helm of Daredevil, I think Marvel’s Netflix endeavor will be strong out of the gate.




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  • JBug

    I hope the production is big enough to not make this thing feel like network television. Netflix has a solid track record when it comes to providing production value so my hopes are high for this one.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      I think the benefit Daredevil has is that since it’s mostly martial arts and street-based, a huge portion of the budget won’t be spent on CGI and really elaborate sets. The money will stretch further and enable some good practical stuntwork. I hope.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      I think the benefit Daredevil has is that since it’s mostly martial arts and street-based, a huge portion of the budget won’t be spent on CGI and really elaborate sets. The money will stretch further and enable some good practical stuntwork. I hope.

  • Zenexo

    I absolutely cannot wait for this show. It’s going to be soooo good. With it being a TV show we’re gonna be able to go more in depth with these character than any film could provide.

  • STAR-LORD #ROUGE SQUAD

    I will be watching all 13 hours

  • Devin Reed

    It’s clear Matt hasn’t given Agents of SHIELD another shot….it’s actually improved quite a lot from the earliest episodes.

    • chris c.

      Ditto. I’m loving S.H.I.E.L.D.’s new direction, although I’ve given it more of a chance from the beginning than most folks. Patience is a virtue, I guess. Lol.

      • eternalozzie

        It did get better over the last 5 episodes. It needs more super villains … they set up a bunch of them then ignored them to make Bill Henrickson the big bad.

    • chris c.

      Ditto. I’m loving S.H.I.E.L.D.’s new direction, although I’ve given it more of a chance from the beginning than most folks. Patience is a virtue, I guess. Lol.

  • vitextreeradar

    if only shield was 13 episodes and on netflix

  • vitextreeradar

    if only shield was 13 episodes and on netflix

  • eternalozzie

    I am actually excited about this … it’s MARVELlite but still could be interesting … a lot depends on casting … It should be easy to write … there is so much great material to draw from … hopefully the movie studio won’t poop all over the source material too much.

  • fdasdfasdfasdf

    Uhh Shield has been far from a disappointment. Is collider just click bait now?

    • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

      Thank you! It’s just completing it’s first season. Most series that are considered great picked up momentum along the way, not right out the gate.

      For instance, Seinfeld, one of the greatest comedies ever, was actually pretty unfunny the first two or three seasons and came into it’s own later on.

  • Arthur Dent

    Goldberg is so bias against SHIELD … what a freakin joke. How can anyone take this guy seriously?

  • Andrew King

    Glad to read im not the only one liking Shield. Coulson alone is reason to watch.

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