Netflix have announced at the Television Critics Association summer meeting that they will be rolling out a new Marvel comics series every six months.
Marvel and Netflix have teamed up to bring at least four new shows to the streaming service, and a miniseries focusing on The Defenders, a street-level styled Avengers team.
Once all four Marvel Netflix shows, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist have been aired, they’ll all eventually cross over for The Defenders, but some will selectively have multiple seasons.”
Alan Fine, President of Marvel Entertainment, said;
“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.”
The first to debut of course was Daredevil, which premiered in April. Jessica Jones is next on the roster, followed by titles for Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. There are also rumours that Punisher may also get his own stand-alone series, after it was announced Jon Bernthal would be playing Frank Castle in season two of Daredevil.
Brilliant news, if Marvel and Netflix can create a Defenders series with the same look and feel of Daredevil, I’m sure it’ll be a massive hit. I just hope Daredevil won’t be the only character to don his costume as he’ll look pretty stupid being the only one out of the four of them wearing a mask.
If this becomes a hit it could open up the flood gates for the introduction of all sorts of heroes. I remember reading the Defenders comics when the likes of Doctor Strange and Nighthawk were members and I think I even remember Namor the Sub-Mariner were members of the team at one time. I won’t get too carried away though as Doctor Strange is definitely tagged for the big screen and I believe there’s even a rumour that Namor is too. But this could easily be a platform that Marvel could launch interest in other heroes of lessor names.
Heroes that have at one time or another been associated with the Defenders in the comics.
Founders Marvel Feature #1 (December 1971)
- Doctor Strange
- Hulk (Linked to Avengers)
- Namor the Sub-Mariner
Recruits of the early 1970’s
- Silver Surfer
- Hawkeye (Linked to Avengers)
- Power Man/Luke Cage
- Son of Satan
- Yellow Jacket (The identity of Ant-Man)
Recruits of the mid 1970’s
- Red Guardian
Early 1980s recruits
- Beast (from the X-Men)
To be honest the list is endless, which when you look at some of these names it kind’a points to the idea that I’m going in the right direction and this series would be used as a platform to introduce heroes to the general viewing audience!
Lets hope so!