Well my day just got way better! Today, Marvel and Netflix announced a historic deal that will be bringing four new shows, each focusing on a different character, that will culminate in a min-series event. The four new shows will revolve around Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones (Power Woman), and the mini-series will be about the four Hell’s Kitchen based heroes forming The Defenders! The first series to air will be Daredevil and it is slated to begin in 2015. The deal states that each show is guaranteed to have at least one season of thirteen episodes each. This news follows on the heels of last year’s announcement that starting 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.
This deal is massive. The likes of which we have never seen. We reported a few weeks ago that Marvel was shopping around the idea of four or five shows as a package deal (we didn’t know who the characters would be at the time), and I wondered how that would go over. I have never seen any major network or cable network commit to that much guaranteed programming before. They could not have found a better home than Netflix. Netflix has more freedom than regular networks to make a commitment like this. They don’t have to worry about fitting the shows into a scheduled time-slot. They just have to decide when they would like to release them. Plus, some of these characters that the show will revolve around have some of the grittier storylines to them, so again, Netflix just made perfect sense as they have much more freedom with what content they are willing to show. Marvel is one of the hottest things going right now and it appears they will keep up their momentum far into the future. I have often campaigned for Daredevil and Iron Fist to make appearances on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as I think they are great characters and they translate to TV better than a lot of other superheroes. I guess Marvel agrees with me, except they decided to give them their own show! Don’t be surprised if they use these series to heavily integrate and crossover with the movie franchises as Hulk, Namor, and Dr. Strange are all involved with The Defenders in the comics. I am a massive TV fan, and I honestly can’t remember the last time I was this is excited about a TV announcement. This is going to be fun!