Wow, the Marvel movie/TV universe just got a lot bigger!
Marvel is really trying out some absolutely awesome ideas in adapting their comic book properties into movie and TV franchises. I honestly couldn’t be more excited about this announcement that Marvel and Netflix have committed to four TV series based on Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones AND a mini-series called The Defenders, which brings together all four characters a la The Avengers for a big television event. I think that TV is a great avenue for bringing comic book characters to life. It will allow for greater character development and for Marvel to explore characters that may not be big enough for a movie franchise. That being said, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw these characters appear in the Marvel cinematic universe since ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. deals with events that happen in the movies. I’d also expect to see some, if not all, of these characters to make an appearance in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The Marvel movie/TV universe just got a lot bigger.
I really wish it was 2015 already as I cannot wait to see how these new shows turn out. I’m really hoping for a great cohesive Marvel multi-media universe that allows people to follow the characters they want to invest their time in (hopefully all of them will be worth the time investment). The guys at Marvel really have a strong vision for how they want to explore their characters and make it fun for fans to enjoy multiple franchises. I may have moved away from reading Marvel comics for the time being but I’m so incredibly pumped for Marvel movies and TV. This is exciting times guys.
Here’s the press release with the details of the announcement:
The Walt Disney Co. and Netflix Inc. today announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to 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. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to a miniseries programming event.
Led by a series focused on “Daredevil,” followed by “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage,” the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a culminating Marvel’s “The Defenders” mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.
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.”
“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.”
This new original TV deal follows last year’s landmark movie distribution deal through which, beginning 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. Netflix members can currently enjoy a wide range of Disney, ABC TV and Disney Channel films and shows across the 41 countries where Netflix operates.
by Ben McBride
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