The Avengers may have stopped off in New York City to fight a wave of invading aliens and a mad Norse demi-god, but once the smoke cleared they got on with their superhero lives, some of them travelling very far away indeed. In the everyday life of the city, a team of home-grown heroes are about to join the Marvel small-screen universe: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and finally a team-up of all four in The Defenders.
Daredevil, probably the best known of these characters thanks to the 2003 film starring Ben Affleck, will be the first to get a series. All of the shows will be filmed in New York, and Marvel recently cited a planned start for Daredevil some time this summer, with roughly 13 episodes in the first season.
In an interview with HitFix, Marvel Studios TV head Jeph Loeb got a little more specific. He confirmed that Daredevil will begin filming in July and that Jessica Jones will be next up, followed by Iron Fist and then Luke Cage before culminating in The Defenders. Jessica Jones already has a showrunner in Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight), and Daredevil will be created by Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods), but development for the other two shows is still in the early stages.
Loeb would not answer the question of whether the episodes would be serialized or simply made available all at once, as was the case with other Netflix series like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. He did promise that people would be "delighted" with the new set of shows, but since Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. garnered many less-than-positive reviews during its first season Marvel has yet to prove that its comics-based TV shows can work as well as the movies.
While Disney CEO Bob Iger has said that the Netflix shows were based around characters that aren't popular enough to warrant feature films, there's nothing to stop the shows and the movies being tied together in small ways. For example, recent Marvel One-Shot All Hail the King was set inside Seagate Prison, where Luke Cage is falsely imprisoned and acquires his superhuman strength and invulnerability.
With a filming schedule for Daredevil already in place we expect to hear casting news fairly soon. Tell us in the comments which actor you think would be perfect for the Matt Murdock role.
We'll keep you updated on Marvel's Netflix shows as development continues.