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. Is there how we are going to get our Marvel Knights? Hell’s Kitchen is DD playground.

    • Nevermind, IDK how I could have missed Daredevil in the article.

      • :)

  2. I like this, BUT I would prefer to see the Defenders at the movies. Marvel has already introduced the Hulk in the MCU, along with Doctor Strange coming soon. I believe they have the rights to the Silver Surfer (and Galactus), because Fox took too long, to decide what they were going to do with Daredevil, so when they needed to extend the deadline with Marvel, they offer Silver Surfer and Galactus in return to Marvel. I know I read this somewhere online, so let me know if I’m right or wrong on this guys.

    Anyways, they could introduce Valkyrie in perhaps Thor 3 and have a Sub-Mariner movie and then you can do a Defenders film; but as I mentioned earlier, I would prefer to see the Defenders on the big screen, but I can and perhaps will watch it on Netflix, if this indeed comes to fruition.

    • …bait post is baiting…

      • Huh????

    • No, Fox still has the rights to the Silver Surfer and Galactus though Marvel/Disney has made attempts at buying the rights back, as of now Fox isn’t selling, which sucks because Marvel would, I believe, use these characters to their potential. Two of my favorite characters.

      • Beat me to it!!! I agree, Fox is screwing the pooch hard on that.

      • Thanks SexySuperVillain and Kyle for answering my question.

    • Fox didn’t do the deal with Silver Surfer so he’s still there. Plus Universal has rights to Sub-Mariner. I’m thinking you might have Doc Strange in there and possibly Hulk but I wouldn’t get your hopes up.

  3. i just crapped in my pants. mergerd. too much, way too much. I cannot wait.

  4. Michael Jai White and Scott Adkins MUST BE Heroes for Hire. There are no two other guys out there who fit Power Man and Iron Fist better than these two. they are superb martial artists and great friends in real life. Plus MJW already kind of played Luke Cage in Black Dynamite and you need a real martial artist for Iron Fist and Adkins is currently the best in business.

    • Not gonna happen. JaimWhite is with DC

    • I’m thinking Ray Park for Iron Fist and The Rock for Powerman, Cage is not a martial artist.

      • The Rock is not, well (not to be awkward, but…) “black enough” (?No insult intended!)

      • I’d love to see Dwayne Johnson for Powerman. I know it won’t happen but one could wish.

        • WB has The rock so nope

          • Pretty sure Dwayne Johnson has more Disney movies under his belt then WB pictures.

    • I agree with you 100%.

  5. I’m so hyped for this. It opens up a whole new world of possibilities. This could also help Agents of SHIELD as well. This means more and more Marvel heroes and villains can appear. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Matt Murdoch and Danny Rand can all cross over into AoS as well as other well known characters and vice versa. Graviton can be a villain that the Defender’s fight and AoS can bring in lesser known characters like Chemistro, The Serpent Society, Blizzard, Red Ghost, Purple Man and Bullseye to set them up for Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones and Daredevil without worrying if the movies are going to use them. Plus they can reference a whole lot of things like Kunlun and The Hand.

    • AoS won’t last on network television for more than 2 seasons. Way too corny, Marvel should not attempt to connect these new shows with that crap.

  6. Guys, just so you know. This proves NONE of these characters will appear in the movies. NONE.
    And AOS won’t have these characters in the show.

    • Not really.

    • AoS will be off the air by the time these shows appear on netflix

    • I don’t believe movie rights are the same as TV rights. There is no reason these characters could not be in the Marvel movies.

  7. Hell yeah!!!!

  8. I don’t know. My concern is that they would “go cheap” like they clearly have with “Agents of SHIELD”. What is making comic book movies work is the artistic abilites, creativity that can be displayed on a big screen…

    • It has been reported that the AoS pilot cost 14 mil, making it one of the most expensive pilots ever. Is the show is horrible – ‘Yes’, is it abhorrent due to its budget – ‘NO’.

  9. As mentioned in the article, the programs will be airing on Netflix, which is slowly killing network television with these types of deals. Let’s face facts why Agents of Shield has under performed, primetime viewing, and it also airs on ABC. Execs and advertisers want something something that is PC, so they don’t have to deal with select audiences that complain. Which is why they’re making it appealing as possible, but in reality it is killing the show. I still think they can bounce back and create a successful and engaging show (On ABC), but they have to kick some cooks out of the kitchen first and have faith. ABC seems to be under the mindset of the early days of CBM movies, just make every one really pretty, and give them a very so-so story. People will eat that stuff up.

    Plus, the characters they chose for this deal keeps the special effects budget down.

  10. What about the punisher?

  11. The highlight of this announcement for me is one word “serialized”…
    I just can’t get into case of the week shows anymore.
    I’ll still watch a few here and there but normally I just can’t get invested when I know that at the end of each episode the bad guy will be caught or the case will be solved.
    So reading that one word immediately changes my reaction from oh that’s cool to WOW, I’m excited.

  12. HOLY CRAP THIS IS FREAKIN AWESOME!!! I can’t control THE SOUND OF MY VOICE. I really HOPE they make the shows more ADULT ORIENTED. Especially DD AND hopefully PUNISHER

    • THEY WONT.
      Disney owns marvel and they WILL NOT have mature material from the movies/tv shows. Ever wonder why AOS has no risks or barely any violence? Because Disney doesn’t want their brand to become an adult oriented brand.
      Don’t expect a super mature show guys.

      • Ya Disney never does does anything thats mature. I mean we all remember the g rated child friendly romp that was pirates of the caribbean. And the lone ranger.

        • If you’re being serious then yes.
          If you’re being sarcastic than I say this.
          Those were kid movies, no swearing and no blood.

          • I was actually surprised at the implied cannibalism (that was bloody) making it into The Lone Ranger, because otherwise, yes, it was very kid oriented.

            • You missed the near cannibalism in the Pirates film then?

              Still it’s a fair point about Disney, the shows are incredibly tame and can suffer from that.

  13. this is the perfect time for Marvel to release more mature material. The only one of these properties that excites me is Heroes For Hire, I have been waiting for luke cage and ironfist for some time now. I just hope its better than agents of shield

    • I continue to explain. Disney owns marvel.

        • If it’s connected to the MCU it will draw in kids. Marvel won’t have that.
          And if Disney were going to make a mature show why not on one of those channels?

          • Watch And Wait, But Im Pretty Sure Marvel Knows What Its Doing

          • Touchstone and miramax are film Studios, not TV stations. Hulu while upcoming is not as big as netflix and Disney just signed a new deal with Netflix. This solidifies it.

            Netflix has a much more limited audience than ABC. if they wanted to make a show that will appeal to everyone and make money. It would be on a network station like that.

            Netflix produces series like House of cards and Orange is the New Black, both of which are adult oriented. It only makes sense that marvel is going this route because they want to go grittier than they do with the MCU

  14. OK, so Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, plus a side-order of Defenders. I knew it as far as the first four go, that we would be seeing them on TV soon! Not real familiar with Jessica Jones (wasn’t she one of a couple female detectives that hung around with Cage and Fist in the early comics? My mind fails me on that point). Pumped for all of these. But are Fist and Cage going to be two seperate shows, or band together as heroes For Hire? Will those four shows have cross-overs between each other? Who would be members of The Defenders team (I never followed that one in the comics, although for some reason I am thinking Captain America, the Torch android, and Sub-Mariner were in there, and occasionally a couple British and minor heroes, or am I mixing it all up? Maybe also Dr. Strange? My mind train-wrecks a bit on Defenders, so help me out a nit there, anyone. Thanx!

    • PS (I really love Netflix, so that is icing on the cake that they are involved as well as Marvel/Disney. Speculation: does anyone think we will ever see a cable channel dedicated all to superhero-type movies, show, and properties, or at least one just Marvel owns? Could cable have a big enough audience to support this?).

    • Ah, I was a little mixed-up. I was thinking of “The Invaders” as the WW2 team of Cap, android Torch, and Sub-Mariner, plus several others on occaision. “Defenders” were variously Hulk, Dr. Strange, Sub-mariner, and a number of others.

    • Jessica Jones is a superhero private detective. She was the on again/off again girlfriend of Luke Cage. They both later joined the New Avengers, got married, and had a daughter named Danielle.

  15. Power Man and Daredevil should be easy to develop, they are basically gang / mob / PI stories where the only twist is the hero is either an acrobat / martial artist or is impervious to damage.

    Iron Fist however, could enter into the realm of cheddar fast if Marvel sticks to the K’un L’un / Shou Lao origin story.

  16. Terry Crews for Luke Cage?

  17. This is great news as long as these shows don’t end up like AoS

  18. Yes, Disney owns Marvel. Yes, there is a possibility that the shows would not be as gruesome. However…the avengers wasn’t particularly gruesome. It was still pretty awesome. There is a reason why all the properties chosen are grounded heroes. They would certainly deal with a lot of stuff. There is a real possibility that this could be a more mature show. Different from AoS, more like DC’s arrow. Marvel has proven that its not stupid. These guys know what they are doing… Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt. Personally, I think Daredevil will be the most mature programming, heros for hire might be different… In any case..i want this soo much…

  19. I Am Some What Disappointed Because I Really Wanted To See A Heroes For Hire Movie!! I Honestly Think A Marvel Knights Team Is More Appealing For A TV Show, Punisher, Daredevil, Blade, Ghost Rider,. That Would Be An Amazing Line Up 4 A TV Show. Im Not Sure If Marvel Has Rights Back For Ghost Rider Yet But Those 3 Alone Would Be Amazing. I Think Heroes For Hire Deserves Its Own Movie And Needs To Be Introduced On A Bigger Level.

  20. I’m thinking the Kingpin will be a villain in all four shows, I think he’ll cross over, sending a gang to fight Cage in one show and managing the bizarre behaviour of typhoid mary in another. That would be truely cool. James Gandolfini would’ve been great… but Liev Schrieber would be good too.

    • Liev Schrieber as Kingpin ???? HELL NO !! What are you smoking ???

      • Avery Schrieber? No, wait, he was a comedian with Jack Burns and also advertised for Fritos corn chips back several decades ago!

    • After the first daredevil movie, there had been some talk of a movie with daredevil versus Kingpin and Mr. Fear. I would like to see that incorporated into this somehow.

  21. So with this announcement Marvel just dropped the mic’ and walked off stage pretty much. Like a true baller. :-)

    Really looking forward to this.

  22. Marvel completley blew DC out of the water. Arrow is awesome but… Seriously, this had me at Daredevil. 2015, please come faster.

    • 2016
      Just been confirmed.

    • And the battle rages on: DC adds Flash to Arrow, hints at more to come, adds Hourman! Good moves, hopefully. Then Marvel counters with Daredevil, Iron Fist, Power Man (Luke Cage), Jessica Jones, and Defenders! Let me tell you folks, it';s a slobber-knocker, right here in this very ring, tonight! Let’s get ready to rruummbbllee!

      • DC just announced a iZombie TV show is coming to the CW. Apparently, the guy who created Veronica Mars is working on it.

  23. So are these shows coming to Netflix UK?

  24. Terry Crews for Luke Cage. That’s all I have to say.

  25. Michael Jai White and Scott Adkins for Hire…..

  26. Just to be dead certain, cause by the way he was talking I couldn’t tell, these shows will have nothing to do with the MCU? Different Universe?

  27. People or the critics of this. Relax. Netflix has proven they have the finances to make good s***. Look at House of Cards. Does that look like a network TV show to you???? Hell no it sure does not to me. 75% likely that these new shows will look much better in quality. So give it a chance. Not everything is going to be bad. Possible, there could be lots of trial and error but it really depends who is part of these upcoming projects. By the way, shouldn’t Agent Carter be on the list? I might have missed something.

  28. Boom! I called this a while ago. I didn’t think it would happen so soon but I knew that Marvel and eventually Dc would turn to companies like Netflix so they could market their other properties, deal with more adult content, and not have to worry about damaging their film continuity if a property goes south. I think this is gonna be great. I hope DC gets on it soon as well.

    • And……..’Boom!’ I called it when Blade 1st came out that DCU vs MU will become DCE vs MCU. 😉