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Netflix and Marvel Team-Up for Four Series to Begin Airing in 2015

Daredevil

Netflix and Marvel announced a plan this morning that will see the comic book company producing four series and a cross-over mini-series to air on the streaming service beginning in 2015.

Prepare yourselves comic fans as Netflix may have just become the best source of television ever. The leading streaming media service announced this morning that it will produce four series based on Marvel characters beginning in 2015. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Once those 13-episode seasons conclude, which will air in that order, the heroes will team up for a mini-series called The Defenders, which is a lesser-known super hero team in the Marvel Universe.

“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. “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 four characters share a similar setting in that they all operate in and around the Hell’s Kitchen are of New York City, making it easy for them to appear in each other’s shows naturally. Daredevil is the most recognizable of these characters having the longest run in the comics, and having already been a film, despite it being critically panned. The Defenders, on the other hand, has had a rotating roster of members over the years in the comics, but never with this particular arrangement. These characters also don’t tend to take on super powered villains unless their low level powers, which means the special effects budgets won’t have to be outrageous to make this work.

Netflix has said recently that it planned to increase its spending on original series, and this definitely seems to be one of the first signs that it is indeed going to.

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Nov 7, 2013

BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) and Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) today announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel’s most popular characters exclusively to the world’s leading Internet TV Network beginning in 2015. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to a miniseries programming event.

Led by a series focused on “Daredevil,” followed by “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage,” the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a culminating Marvel’s “The Defenders” mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.

Produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Television Studios, this groundbreaking deal is Marvel’s most ambitious foray yet into live-action TV storytelling.

“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. “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.”

This new original TV deal follows last year’s landmark movie distribution deal through which, beginning with 2016 theatrically released feature films, Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run, live-action and animated movies from the Walt Disney Studios, including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature and Lucasfilm. Netflix members can currently enjoy a wide range of Disney, ABC TV and Disney Channel films and shows across the 41 countries where Netflix operates.


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