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 characters 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."