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NETFLIX Orders Four Original MARVEL Series

Posted on the 07 November 2013 by Geekasms @geekasms

Netflix today announced that they will develop four original series based on Marvel comics characters to premiere in 2015.  The characters announced are going to be Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.  They also announced a mini-series based on The Defenders. 

Being a Daredevil fan, I squeed a little when I saw DD on the list.  Luke Cage (Power Man) and Iron Fist are one of the greatest teams in Marvel history and Jessica Jones is currently married to Luke Cage so it seems like they are going for some sort of symmetry between those three characters.  Not sure how Daredevil or The Defenders fit, but my bet is they want all of these to somehow connect. 

I’m going on record saying that Kevin McKidd would be great as Daredevil.  I bet they go younger, but he has the look.  I’ve liked him since the short lived Journeyman and he recently voiced Batman.

Who do you think would be the perfect fit for these characters?  Are you excited about the announcement? 

Following is the press release from Netflix: 

Marvel will develop at least four original series exclusively for Netflix, followed by a miniseries for the streaming service, it was announced Thursday.

The shows will be focused on Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, in that order.
Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen-episode series, which will start streaming in 2015 and will culminate with “The Defenders” miniseries event about a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.

The deal is Marvel’s most ambitious foray into live-action storytelling and comes in the wake of last year’s Disney movie-distribution deal with Netflix.

“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,” Alan Fine, Marvel Entertainment president said in a statement. “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.”

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos added: “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. 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.”

The shows will be produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Television Studios.

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