Netflix Deals with Disney to Develop Four Marvel Series
The Marvel Universe outside of the comic book realm just got bigger. Four times bigger, to be exact. Netflix announced a deal with Walt Disney Co. to create live-action series of four Marvel properties.
Netflix will develop exclusive series on Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. All four programs will build toward creating a miniseries event, Marvel’s 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. Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel’s specialty,” said Alan Fine, President of Marvel Entertainment, in the Netflix Press Release. “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.”
“Marvel’s movies, such as ‘Iron Man’ and Marvel’s The Avengers, are huge favorites on our service around the world. Like Disney, Marvel is a known and loved brand that travels,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “With House of Cards and our other original series, we have pioneered new approaches to storytelling and to global distribution and we’re thrilled to be working with Disney and Marvel to take our brand of television to new levels with a creative project of this magnitude.”
According to the press release, Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, 13-episode series of the heroes.
While it is exciting to see Iron Fist in the spotlight, it’s saddening Daredevil has been relegated to a series. A re-imagining of the character on the silver screen a la The Incredible Hulk is what fans of Matt Murdock were hoping for, but alas, they will get 13 episodes.
This news comes after Netflix struck a deal with Disney that will allow the subscription service to be the first to run all theatrically released Disney films, including live-action and animated movies from Pixar, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Animation.
These truly are exciting times for comic book fans.
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