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. holy crap

    • That is mega exciting news.

  2. Christ, these guys are on a role.

  3. Don’t you need Namor and Silver Surfer for Defenders?

    Some cool news right here. Straight to NETFLIX should dodge that unavoidable glitter that comes with ABC programming.

    • Not in a “reimagined” Defenders. That’s the key word.

      • They should “re-imagine” the title then, methinks.

        • As he said, accurately, “a team featuring a rotating roster of characters.” That’s what Defenders always were. Anyway, “methinks” with a mini series format they could put more money towards special effects. But even then, wouldn’t they have their hands full with the Hulk alone, not to mention other available characters like Dr. Strange? Silver Surfer and Namor would break the bank.

          • …which is why it isn’t necessary to call it Defenders, if it turns out to be minus Hulk, Strange, Namor, and Surfer. That’s all I’m saying.

            Ultimately it doesn’t matter, I’m more stoked at the fact that we are one step closer to Marvel Knights.

            • Agreed, just add Misty Knight, Colleen Wing, White Tiger and possibly Ant-Man (Scott Lang) and do a Hero’s for Hire Mini Series under the name …the Defenders.

            • Okay, but the Defenders have always had a rotating membership in the comics. Namor and Silver Surfer were gone after barely ten issues. Then it was Dr. Strange, Hulk, Valkrie, and Nighthawk. And then from there the membership changed all the time, with some coming and going. At one time it included the Beast, Angel, and even Iceman I think. So, there is no need to change the name, anymore than if they change the current lineup of Avengers at some point.

              There aren’t that many good names in the first place.

              • No… they did not always have a rotating membership,and I know for a fact it was more than 10 issues.

                The rotating membership began when stories started getting thin, which is why the Silver Surfer was brought in from the get go.

                Wow, you really are just a hype man… aren’t you?

                • Actually, Surfer’s last appearance as a regular member was issue #11, Namor’s was #14.

                • Yeah, I was going by memory, but Voidrider’s numbers sound correct.

                  Wow, when I said, “Namor and Silver Surfer were gone after barely ten issues,” I was way way off, wasn’t I Dr. Mindbender? Just waaayyyyyy off.

                  You were absolutely correct, again. Except that you are wrong again. But I’m sure you are going to change or twist the question, or turn the entire issue into one tiny inconsequential detail that you did manage to get correct. So I’m just going to concede now.

                  I am a “hype man,” as you say (whatever that’s supposed to mean, but I’m just going to cop to it).

  4. this sounds beautiful…i get the feeling whenever DC announces somthing Marvel has too and vice versa…which is only better for the fans we win..i hope

  5. This is awesome! I love how comic books keep coming to life on both the big screen and small screen.

  6. Now this is great news. I trust a Marvel show on Netflix, compared to whatever station AOS is on. This is great for both companies.Can’t wait for DD.

  7. This could really work out well. With Netflix they are going to have a little more wiggle room then on network tv. If you’ve see Orange is the New Black, that gives you a good idea of what Netflix series can do. I look forward to watching this progress.

    • Yeah I love Orange is the New Black and House of Cards. I’m really looking forward to this.

  8. we need Punisher to be announced

    • He “The Punisher” is not really connected to Murdock, Cage, or Rand.

      • when did i say that?

  9. I just wish netflix or something like would come to my little country of Australia so I can watch house of cards and what this will be the way its meant to be watched

    for likely over here it wont be as add free and wont be out all at once for we dont have any exclusive streaming survives

    when ever something this cool comes to be known it bums me that i will have to wait while our friends to the north don’t have to

  10. Great news! A huge surprise from Marvel Studio, indeed.

    Who believes this will really work out? I hope it does; this would be an epic game-changer for TV programming.

    Very excited for the Daredevil serie! :-D

  11. I’m really excited for this. They already had me at Daredevil, but making it into a gritty sort of world makes it all the better.

  12. ….. true, both Doctor Strange & Silver Surfer are original members of The Defenders in the comics. With that, I hope they will go a fantastic job with this characters in their team-up project.

    I should see more Nexflix to grab the tone of their regular series right now.

    …. yeah, I want a Punisher series. Please, Marvel! ;-)

    • And Ant-Man is an original member of the Avengers… We need to get over this original stuff and accept that TV and Movie versions may be different.

  13. Heroes for Hire. On Netflix… Marvel is smart. I was hoping DC would team up with them first. There’s still HBO, if they’re even interested.

  14. This is what I was hoping for when AoS was announced. They are basically creating a mini universe within their larger universe. These shows can crossover and build on each other without the baggage of the larger universe. Throw in some winks and nods to the larger universe (Tony Stark cover on a magazine, Avengers newspaper article, SHIELD on CNN, etc), but don’t rely on the larger universe for plot lines and stories. Then in the future these characters can pop into the larger universe for movie cameos.

    I also love the fact that the stories can be more adult oriented since they are on Netflix. I want to see a grisly murder in which Matt Murdock can’t get a conviction so Daredevil goes out to exact revenge. This is a great way to handle the lower tier heroes. I hope this trend continues.

  15. One more reason to get Netflix, hopefully they learn from their mistakes with Agents of Shield

  16. The potential here is epic, whether thats an epic success or an epic failure we’ll have to see.

  17. for the heroes for hire, i could see michael jai white for luke cage and scott adkins for danny rand
    For Daredevil, Matt mullins

  18. I guess I’m the only one that is not excited to see this announcement. AoS is terrible and now they are doing more TV shows.

    • AOS is on ABC, these will be on Netflix. Big difference in quality, and type of stories that can be told.

    • @ Aaron

      Be excited that this isn’t on network. The things they will do to get viewers will be the EXACT OPPOSITE of what you see on ABC.

      • I’ll have to put on an episode of House of Cards tonight and see how a Netflix show is.

  19. LL Cool J for Luke Cage

  20. I don’t really do Netflix at the moment. Would these shows eventually be released as season DVDs like normal TV shows, or not…because it’s on Netflix?

  21. HOLY CRAP!

    Great news!

    MARVEL is unstoppable!

  22. This is huge

  23. This is what Walking Dead should do… the honeymoon with AMC ended after season one. Plus, Netflix would allow for a truer representation of the source material’s tone.

    As for the Marvel announcement — so ready.

  24. Wow, excellent!

    I haven’t cut the cord yet, so to speak (still gotta watch my sports), but both Netflix and Amazon as content providers are the future of original programming.

    • I feel y man. That’s how ctv got me too :-(

  25. This is awesome news. Wonder whether we’re going to get a contemporary Daredevil or a ’70′s era one like Joe Carnahan was pitching?

    • Hell’s Kitchen Daredevil sounds incredible. I’ll always be curious as to what could have been, in that regard.

      • yes and yes…perfect name would have been Hell’s Kitchen..too bad Gordon Ramsey jacked it

  26. Holy crap…. awesome….. Marvel is seriously on a roll….
    All the characters mentioned…daredevil, cage, iron first, jessica… are grounded superheroes which would work perfectly in a tv setting… and the branding..the interconnections….holy crap…this is awesome…

  27. Epic.

  28. wow. wow.

  29. Yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..still a little skeptical though