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Marvel and Netflix Announce Partnership, New Shows

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 7:34 am by Tyler Waterman

Remember when movie studios were hesitant to greenlight superhero movies? Sure, they were willing to fund the occasional codpiece-laden, one-liner filled Batman flick, but getting a massive budget for a “comic movie” used to be an extremely hard sell in Hollywood. It wasn’t until movies like Batman Begins and Iron Man that Hollywood had its proof: investing legitimate actors and serious production value into a superhero film does in fact provide an excellent return on investment. A dozen movies and several billions of dollars later, the superhero film industry is a juggernaut, and each movie since has been a bigger deal than the last.

Now, we’re watching the exact same process take place again, only this time it’s focused on the screens in our living rooms. Just like with the movies, there have been successful superhero programs for years, particularly shows from DC like Smallville and Arrow, but nothing that crossed the line from “not bad” to “major success” the way Iron Man did in theaters. However, ABC’s Agents of SHIELD has done just that; comic fans may be torn on whether they like the show, but no one can deny it has achieved the mainstream success that everyone involved hoped for. And, as we all would have expected, that success has lead to more comic shows getting greenlit, like Gotham and iZombie.

But while we all expected successful shows to beget more shows, I can confidently say none of us were expecting yesterday’s announcement from Marvel and Netflix!


This might be my favorite Marvel Team-Up ever!

Beginning in 2015, Marvel will be bringing four live-action series exclusively to Netflix. The four shows will be individually based on Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, and after each of those is complete, they’ll culminate in a miniseries event bringing the four heroes together as the Defenders. Each individual series will be thirteen episodes long; the length of the Defenders miniseries is yet to be determined.


Not familiar with one or more of these heroes? Come 2015, you will be!

Needless to say, this is fantastic news for comic fans. While I’m sure the casting of certain characters is sure to create controversy, the fact remains that superheroes on the small screen are now getting the same attention (and investment) that they are on the big screen, which can only bring more success to the comic industry that spawned them.

Which of these series are you looking forward to the most, and which characters would you like to see get this treatment next? Let us know in the comments below!

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