Even though I’m a fan of the Marvel movie franchise, it seems like Marvel has been everywhere lately. From their new television show (more about that later) to Thor: The Dark World’s premiere earlier this month, it’s a good time to be a Marvel fan.
If you’re not completely worn out by the amount of Marvel programming coming out, you’ll be excited to hear that Netflix and Marvel have inked a four-series deal focused on heroes from Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan.
Set to start in 2015, each show has been given a minimum order of 13 episodes. Calling on the success of their movie franchise, the heroes will join forces in a miniseries called The Defenders just like their movie counterparts in The Avengers.
Walt Disney Co., which owns Marvel, indicated to Variety that these shows will be a good way to grow the popularity of characters that may not be as well known to non-comic readers. I admit that I don’t read enough comics, but I have heard of each of the heroes – Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. These characters were partly chosen because of the fact that they often fight street crime rather than flashy super villains or aliens.
The series based on the character Daredevil will premiere first with Drew Goddard in negotiations to write it. After the largely disliked movie version of Daredevil with Ben Affleck, I’m sure people are excited to see the hero done justice. I’m excited about Goddard’s involvement in the project since he has previously worked with The Avengers writer and director Joss Whedon on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.
Melissa Rosenberg, best known for her work on the Twilight movies, will write the Jessica Jones series. Jessica Jones is a former superhero turned private detective. This is the show I’m most interested in with its promise of not only a female superhero but also the private detective angle.
Luke Cage is an indestructible man from Harlem, and Iron Fist is a martial artist. There isn’t much information available on their shows yet, but I’m sure more will be forth-coming.
The most interesting part of the decision to make these shows is the fact that they will be available on Netflix. Netflix has had a lot of buzz about its popular original shows, including House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, but putting the shows on Netflix will automatically limit the number of people who can tune in. While it may seem that everyone has Netflix nowadays, I still don’t, and I’m unlikely to sign up in the near future.
According to Variety, the key point here seems to be the fact that these shows will be cheaper to make if they’re on Netflix rather than a network. This allows more shows and characters to be explored without the monetary commitment that a movie or television series would normally require.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered in September on ABC to high ratings, but in recent weeks the ratings have been dropping off as fans and critics haven’t been satisfied with the show’s procedural feel. While I’m still watching the show, mainly because of my absolute adoration of Fitz and Simmons, it has been a slow starter.
With a 60-episode deal already ready to go, the Netflix series won’t have that breathing room, but maybe the 13-episode structure will work in the shows’ favor, allowing for a faster pace to the drama.
Right now, I’m eagerly awaiting casting news because I’m allowed to be excited about this even though I don’t have Netflix, right? What about you guys? Excited about the Netflix deal? Have a good idea about who should be cast? Leave a comment below!