Marvel Bringing 4 New Series to Netflix, Including 'Daredevil'!




Some wishes do come true...

Back when the news broke that Marvel was shopping around a package deal of four original television projects to cable and streaming networks, the Internet was abuzz wondering which Marvel characters would appear on the small screen. TVRage got in on the fun, posting which characters should appear in their own series. Well I'm doing a happy-dance over here, because three of the four projects coming match the names on our list. 

Marvel has signed a whopper of a deal with Netflix, the world's leading streaming entertainment service, to produce exclusive content for Netflix over the next few years. The deal involves four different television series, each with interconnected characters and plotlines, culminating with a fifth miniseries event where each of the four shows would cross over into one another. Interestingly, this is the exact format of most comic book crossover events; it seems that television is learning from the funny pages. 

So what will the four series be? Well for starters, Marvel will be offering their home-grown take on 'Daredevil,' the man without fear. The character of Daredevil is in desperate need of a reboot since the 2003 film was so ill-received. It's time that the most famous blind superhero of them all gets the Marvel Cinematic Universe treatment that he deserves. Also, Matt Murdock (Daredevil's secret identity) is an attorney, fighting criminal injustice via legal means by day. This series could be like 'The Practice' meets 'Arrow,' with a blind superhero at the core. Count me in. 

Next up is one I didn't see coming: 'Jessica Jones.' Jones isn't the most famous of the Marvel Jessica Jonescharacters however she fits with this tier of street-level heroes that the Netflix deal seems to be focused on. Having gone by the names Jewel and Power Woman, Jessica Jones was given superpowers and tried to become a superhero, but was never that adept at the whole process. If 'Jessica Jones' becomes a story about a woman fumbling with the experience of being powered in this crazy Marvel world, it could be a very unique spin on the over-worked superhero formula. 

The final two series center on characters that I actually envisioned as sharing a show in my feature: 'Luke Cage' and 'Iron Fist.' Luke Cage, also known as Power Man, is one of the coolest heroes Marvel has ever produced--and he is also where famous actor Nicholas Cage got his stage name. Seriously. 'Iron Fist' is also known as Danny Rand, a billionaire martial arts expert who is endowed with an ancient and mystical order. I can't wait to see where these characters fit into the world of 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and others. 

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."

One thing is for sure: if the options are "go big or go home," Marvel has selected "go big."

- Netflix
- Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Written by: bad_subject
Nov 7th, 2013, 8:10 am

Images courtesy of Marvel Comics


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Message Posted On Nov 8th, 2013, 4:09 am

Don't get me wrong lordkinbote, while I'm not a die hard fan of superheroes and comics I do enjoy a good superhero show. Arrow on the CW is a good exemple for me while SHIELD is lacking something to make it good.

But that's probably a Network vs Cable problem and those new shows being on Netflix will allow the showrunners to get crasier and darker than they could on ABC and the like.

Fingers crossed. :-)


Message Posted On Nov 8th, 2013, 3:00 am
@SuperLoora: Is anybody pinning you to your couch and forcing you to watch? If you don't want to see it, simply don't order it! It's a deal with Netflix, so it's not even going to be aired on regular television, which makes it incredibly easy to avoid. Some people just feel the need to whine about everything... That being said: THIS IS THE GREATEST NEWS EVER! I was incredibly close with my predictions in my post when the news that they were shopping this package deal first broke: I called DareDevil, Luke Cage & Danny Rand (although I thought they might be part of the same show as well, namely Heroes For Hire, but perhaps that will happen in their second season, after the mini-series cross-over) and that the mini-series was probably going to be a cross-over! There can never be too much Marvel on the Big Screen or on TV. I can hardly wait!

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Message Posted On Nov 8th, 2013, 2:19 am

I agree with ChatNoir, although I'm probably more excited about it than he is. ;-)


Message Posted On Nov 8th, 2013, 12:22 am
"overworked superhero formula" sums it all up pretty nicely for me. Enough already! For years they dominated the big screen and now they invade the living room as well. Superheros are becoming the new "cop" theme of the 21st century when it comes to tv and cinema :(

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Message Posted On Nov 7th, 2013, 4:52 pm

So excited about these shows! I loved the 'Daredevil' movie.


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Message Posted On Nov 7th, 2013, 12:24 pm

Could be interesting, but it could also become rapidly boring if shows are somehow too similar (themes, intrigues, etc).

Only time will tell.

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