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

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marvel logo wallpaper 570x307 Marvel & Netflix Confirm Deal For 4 TV Shows & Defenders Miniseries

The shorter seasons will feature 13 episodes and in addition to viewers not having to watch commercials during the episodes, arguably the most important benefit is for the creators. They will not be tightly restricted by film continuity and on Netflix they can offer more adult-focused programming for characters and stories that may not work as well for the family-friendly ABC demographics. Since the shows will embrace shorter, pre-planned story arcs, they may even have access to higher profile talent than they would otherwise on serialized television on traditional networks. We’re thinking (and hoping) for something like House of Cards but with superheroes.

jessica jones Marvel & Netflix Confirm Deal For 4 TV Shows & Defenders Miniseries

Jessica Jones

What’s most interesting about the chosen characters from Marvel’s Hell’s Kitchen, is in how connected they are. Luke Cage and Jessica Jones fall in love, have a child and get married in the books. Cage and Iron Fist often team-up, forming the Heroes for Hire together. Cage and Daredevil (real name: Matt Murdock) are good friends and Iron Fist (real name: Danny Rand) has even suited up as Daredevil himself. Jessica Jones serves as Murdock’s bodyguard when he’s not suited up. Expect all of these shows to interconnect.

As for The Defenders, a team featuring a rotating roster of characters over the last few decades in Marvel Comics, it’s possible that Marvel’s feature film heroes including the still-to-be-introduced Ant-Man and Doctor Strange, possibly even Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, could work together with characters from the Netflix Marvel shows. It just depends how ambitious and how “big” Marvel wants to take their growing universe. We only know from the official announcement that the miniseries will “reimagine” the heroic “dream team.”

Which character(s) are you most excited about?


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on Tuesdays @8pm on ABC.

Thor: The Dark World releases November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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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.

    • Turns out you were very very very very very very very very wrong. Grats on being wrong. And stupid.

    • Wrong about DareDevil sooo…

    • Looks like now that Daredevil has premiered we can all say YOU WERE SO WRONG!!!! Daredevil is the best comicbook adaptation I’ve ever seen. Wasn’t expecting much so cant ride you too hard for being wrong, but boy oh boy were u ever wrong. Awesome show!

  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.

    • 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.

  5. 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!!!

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

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

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

  13. 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?)

  14. 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.


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

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

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

  17. I just want more Daredevil asap.