Marvel/Netflix Announce Four Live Action Origin Stories And 'The Defenders' Mini-Series
Walt Disney Co. and Netflix have just announced that Marvel characters Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage are all about to get their very own live action serial productions, all of which will air exclusively on the Netflix platform. These four live action series will build momentum for a proposed mini-series for Marvel's Manhattan-based superhero collective, 'The Defenders'.
"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," said Marvel's President of Entertainment, Alan Fine. "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."
This is a massive deal, not just for Disney, Marvel and Netflix, but for fans of the wider Marvel universe. I can already hear the cries of panic about Marvel spreading themselves too thin and subsequently butchering some much-loved stories and, while I think these people are right to be concerned, you have to remember who we are dealing with here. Netflix is rapidly becoming a TV production giant, with 'House of Cards', 'Orange Is The New Black' and 'Hemlock Grove' all gaining a strong reception from critics and fans alike. Disney don't half-ass it on anything and while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D has had its critics, it is starting to show a lot of potential at the half-way mark of its debut season.
So, i'm not particularly worried about the execution of these shows, or the Defenders mini-series, more my concern is that Disney and Marvel are going to have such a stranglehold on the sci-fi action genre that it will suffocate the desire for, and creation of new ideas.
While Daredevil has already had a big screen outing, this will be our first look at some of Marvel's more fringe characters. The prospect of a mini-series based on 'The Defenders' will bring Marvel an opportunity to expand beyond these four origin stories as, like the Avengers, The Defenders featured a plethora of Marvel characters ranging from the Silver Surfer, Dr. Strange and even The Hulk. So while this is a huge announcement in the Marvel universe it could just be the start of something even bigger.
Expect to see the first of the four mini-series airing on Netflix (all at once of course) some time in early 2015. It is believed the first character to air will be Daredevil who will be followed by Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage.