When Kevin Feige revealed at NYCC and at press conferences for ‘Thor: The Dark World’ that Marvel were “actively developing something around the Daredevil character”, he wasn’t bloody kidding, was he?
Marvel’s parent company, The Walt Disney Co. and digital content provider Netflix have sealed a deal which will 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.” Exciting stuff!
Arriving first will be a series based on ‘Daredevil‘ and the characters of Hell’s Kitchen N.Y., followed by ‘Jessica Jones‘, ‘Iron Fist‘ and ‘Luke Cage‘. The last two will be of extreme interest to those who have felt that Marvel have not given their characters of colour enough time in the spotlight.
Most excitingly, it has been announced that “Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a culminating Marvel’s “The Defenders” mini-series event that re-imagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.”
Waitasecond. ‘The Defenders’?! That’s the team that was lead originally by Doctor Strange, right?? Is this what Kevin was on about in those interviews the other week? “We’re trying to figure out what to do with Daredevil now,” Feige said. Woah… So now we know what Marvel means by ‘figuring things out’!
The official press statement, released on Marvel.com, has a number of quotes, mainly from Netflix’s quarter – which is understandable as this is quite a coup for the broadcaster. The statement reads:
“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 speciality,” 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’s The 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.”
No news yet on who will show-run, write, or star in these productions yet but, safe to say, these will be some of the hottest tickets in Hollywood for young, emerging talent. And here’s hoping that the shows will be given a bit more lee-way to develop than some critics have given ‘Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’, troubled by declining viewing figures, although, thankfully this week’s episode of the show appears to have been received as a turning point in it’s first season.