Marvel & Netflix Confirm Deal For 4 TV Shows & ‘Defenders’ Miniseries

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Marvel Television Marvel & Netflix Confirm Deal For 4 TV Shows & Defenders Miniseries

Just yesterday we again discussed the topic of crossover potential between superheroes from Marvel Studios’ slate of films with other popular heroes owned by rival studios Fox and Sony. For Marvel, there’s admittedly no rush to join forces with other studios since they have a vast library of Marvel Comics characters and stories to tap into first. Today we see exactly what they mean.

In the film business, Marvel Studios accomplished something never before seen, building a shared cinematic universe with a series of interconnected films beginning with 2008′s Iron Man and big screen team-ups (The Avengers). On the television side, they’re attempting to push the envelope as well with Marvel TV signing a landmark agreement with Netflix.

Confirming a report from three weeks ago indicating that Marvel is developing four TV shows and a miniseries (a total of 60 potential episodes) and pitching it to various networks, Disney-Marvel and Netflix have joined forces for exactly this. In what’s described as an “unprecedented deal,” Netflix is expanding their partnership with Disney after signing an agreement last year for first-run rights to their movies in the U.S. beginning in 2016 – which does of course include Marvel Studios properties and whatever’s in the pipeline from newer acquisition Lucasfilm.

The new deal will see Netflix exclusively airing original Marvel live-action TV programming based in the “gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York.” This will begin in 2015 with Daredevil, an intellectual property reacquired by Marvel Studios from Twentieth Century Fox last year. Jessica Jones, previously talked about as a potential ABC series, is next on the list, followed by other fan-favorite characters in Iron Fist and Luke Cage.

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Iron Fist and Luke Cage are Heroes for Hire

In addition to the four series, the agreement will also see a live-action miniseries TV event based around The Defenders which could potentially bring together the above-mentioned characters along with heroes from the films, assuming they – like Agents of SHIELD – take place in the same universe which they likely will. Alan Fine, President of Marvel Entertainment:

“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. 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.”

Fine’s words confirm that just like other original Netflix programming, these shows will offer the unique benefit of allowing viewers to watch all episode of a season/series in one marathon-style sitting. Unlike on ABC with Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, each season doesn’t need to be a full 20+ episodes stretched out over an extended period of time, weaving in and out of the continuity of the films. An episode of Agents of SHIELD coming later this month, as an example, is based on the aftermath of the events in Thor: The Dark World and rumor has it the show’s final episodes will directly tie into next April’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.


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  1. Too much of a not-so good thing. I was correct about S.H.I.E.L.D., and I will be right about these shows. Marvel is watering down its hooch for the sake of short term profits.

    Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist have ZERO business on the small screen.

    • well, they would probably be netflix series’s, where people could choose to binge watch in one weekend, which has proven really successful for netflix series . all of them seem relatively low budget and doable on the small screen, and shield, while stumbling is showing it has something to offer. if Arrow can find success, so can these shows.

      • “if Arrow can find success, so can these shows.”

        I hope they look at what they did wrong with AoS and look at what Arrow did right and make the best show possible.

    • luke cage role is currently being cast.

    • They are perfect for the big screen. These characters, especially Daredevil, have such deep storylines that it would infact be a shame to see them on the big screen and have their rich storylines rushed through. I’d much rather see the whole thing played out over multiple TV episodes

    • A year later and it appears, at least for Daredevil, that you were wrong.

    • Looks like you were wrong.

    • Here I sit, one year later, watching Daredevil on Netflix, and it is some of the best work Marvel has ever done. So yeah, guess you weren’t right.

    • Aaaaaand you were wrong. Ha

    • You must feel real salty considering how good Daredevil is.

    • So, I guess you were WAY off base so far, at least as far as Daredevil is concerned. Hmmm

    • Looks like you were super wrong, bro.

    • So um… what was that about DareDevil?

    • now that Daredevil is out. You are not so correct…

    • 1 year late:
      Daredevil is one of the best series avaliable on Netflix.
      I’m glad you were wrong this time.

  2. Daredevil to me seems like the one with the most potential, make it have procedural elements like Law&Order with themes that span the season (the kingpins empire) and have brutal martial arts action (like the raid:redemtion or something) with daredevil fighting street gangs and the Hand (possibly kingpins personal gaurd) while having other characters like elektra be adversaries/love interests. lots of potential there. kinda like Arrow but with a bit of a different angle. just need a really well casted Matt Murdock/Daredevil. my dream casting would be bradley cooper, but i doubt he would star in a netflix series.

    • Bradley is going to be in the Netflix series based on the movie Wet Hot American Summer.

  3. I kind of enjoy this back-and-forth “struggle” between DC and Marvel. While I dislike AOS and I forced myself to watch Arrow until it became tolerable, both companies are essentially pushing each other to provide quality programming. I think Marvel may be onto something with Netflix and I hope these upcoming shows are more adult-oriented.

    1. I think a Daredevil series with noir influence would work.
    2. As far as Like Cage and Iron Fist go, I think it would be better if they allow a lesser-known actor reprise the role of Luke Cage.

    • iron fist role is currently being cast.

      jessica jones role is being cast.

      Daredevil role is being cast.

  4. What’s the fourth show then?

    I see Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Heroes For Hire mentioned plus a Defenders miniseries but what’s the fourth show they’re working on?

    • No Heroes for Hire, Cage and Iron fist are both getting their own individual series.

      • Luke cage= awesome Iron fist= radical, finally some recognition.

    • Luke Cage & Iron Fist are separate, not one show.

      Which I think ends up working better anyway, since you can show distinct origins for both characters if that’s they direction they want to take these shows. Then the Defenders mini brings them together, maybe as a trial run to see how a Heroes for Hire series might work.

      • Thanks for clarifying guys, appreciate it.

  5. Will JESSICA JONES be appearing on AoS? Will COULSON be appearing on her show? Will he appear on the other 3 shows or the mini-series? What about NICK FURY?
    With regard to the crossover problems MARVEL has with FOX & SONY I would think simple “un-cinematic” crossovers could occur, such as AGENT ZERO and AGENT X both showing up on AoS.
    Finally, while I like the NETFLIX deal, as an old school fan I’d have thought that AGENT CARTER/HOWLIN COMMANDOS/SGT. FURY/UNION JACK – topped off with a SECRET FORCES mini-series would have been the way to go…….what with that pesky 68 year gap between the “death” of CAPTAIN AMERICA and Tony Starks reason for being in Afghanistan in IRON MAN 1……..but thats just me.

    • fury’s secret warriors (quake,slingshot,phobos,and etc.)should appear on marvels agents of shield along with hawkeye,taskmaster,black widow,and mocking bird should also do appearances as well as nick fury.

  6. Why,oh why,did have to use ‘The Defenders’& not ‘Marvel Knights’? Hulk will get angry. Not complaining though. Arrow;AoS;TWD & this!! I’m LOVING IT!! YAHOO!!!

  7. What about Moon Knight? No news about him????

    • Moon knight, no one does talk about him and I just wonder why not.Well there has been talk that moon knight could possibly get a live action movie and that it could go in to production at some point in the future but who knows. moon knight should probably make an appearance on agents of shield to build momentum and get attention as a serious contender .Ghost rider and blade should do a team up movie but I don’t know if marvel expresses any interest in making that happen, but hey.Marvel is still very much in the game.

  8. The daredevil and luke cage and iron fists are a must see but Im really excited about the Defenders Miniseries. Miniseries to me means mini movie so it should have the Hulk Dr. Strange and the rest because its not a weekly tv show.

    Since its technically not a movie i hope they can use Namor and other marvel properties. It would be epic to have the Defenders fight the Offenders. I just hope they put some real thought and money behind the miniseries.

  9. this is awesome. this is what i wanted with AOS. thank god they are doing this on netflix so there isnt any dumbing down of the material for kids or abc. have you seen house of cards? its amazing. luke cage and iron fist are cool, i dont know a lot about jessica jones but i am a huge fan of daredevil and so pumped for this. i love television and cant wait to see these projects.

  10. I think that’s a better idea than continuing TV series on a network. It allows them to create as many or as little episodes as they want, and it forces them to tell complete, in-depth story arcs. If the response is good then they’ll greenlight another season and work on it at their own pace. Nothing is rushed and if the public doesn’t like a certain character or if the character has no more interesting stories, then they’re not obligated to make a sequel or to tie it in with the MCU.

  11. I approve.. And very behind I this news I think

  12. Matt Smith as Daredevil….. I’m not a HUGE Doctor Who fan but I don’t hate the idea.

  13. Matt Smith as Daredevil….. I’m not a HUGE Doctor Who fan but I don’t hate the idea. I GUESS IT WOULD WORK!

  14. What are the odds that the Defenders mini-series features the introduction of Dr. Strange? We know he exists in this universe and all four of these series will take place in NYC, near the Sanctum Sanctorum in Greenwich Village. Since the Defenders are typically a team organized by Strange, wouldn’t it make sense to introduce him there prior to his solo film (presumably coming in 2016-2017?)

  15. Stick as true to the character from the comics and animated shows, and don’t do lousy special effects. If you’re going to do it on the small screen do it right.


  16. Hope that She Hulk and Howard the duck get Netflix series, if there is a Phase 2 after Defenders.

  17. I would like to see more westerns. A little variety for all ages. Seems that it is to much violence.

  18. Yep! Marvels’ Daredevil launches *TOMORROW* on Netflix! Everyone here is buzzing about it – quite excited. :)

    • Yeah. And all the people making comments as to how this was going to be bad can eat their hats. :D

  19. I just want more Daredevil asap.