Something terribly awesome has just happened – Netflix has announced a HUGE production partnership with Marvel to develop FOUR 13-part superhero series, kicking off in 2015.
These will then lead into what they’re calling “a miniseries programming event”, a version of Marvel’s The Defenders that “reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters”. It’ll all kick off with a 13-part Daredevil series, followed by Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, which will take us “deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York”.
Alan Fine, President of Marvel Entertainment:
“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 serialised 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.”
Netflix reportedly sees the deal as a natural extension to last year’s deal that gave them exclusive US subscription TV rights to all Marvel and Walt Disney properties. If you’re not familiar with these four characters, here’s a cheat sheet for all of them:
Daredevil is crusading lawyer Matt Murdock, blinded by an accident as a child that left him with heightened senses. He prowls the rooftops by night to fight crime, notwithstanding crappy movie adaptations by Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner.
Iron Fist, or Daniel Rand, is a (yawn) martial arts master, trained in the (double yawn) mystical city of K’un L’un in the martial arts. Defeating the dragon Shou-Lao the Undying infused the dragon’s superhuman energy into Rand, which gave him he power of the Iron Fist (I’m not making this up).
Luke Cage was sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit as a young man, and agreed to undergo an experimental procedure in return for parole – leaving him with near-impervious skin and super-strength. He’s a hero-for-hire and private investigator.
Jessica Jones was irradiated in a car crash with a military convoy carrying radioactive chemicals. She wakes from a coma with super strength and the ability to fly, renames herself Jewel and sets herself on a superhero path. Much further down the road, she hooks up with Luke Cage and has a baby with him.
And here’s the best part – all four characters are based in Hell’s Kitchen and know each other. If Netflix and Marvel can get it right, there could potentially be years of quality television ahead of us.
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