Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist. These are just a few of Netflix’s favorite things.
Following the service’s announcement of Jessica Jones season 2, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said that this is likely just the beginning of its relationship with Marvel, to the point where any character that shows up on the service, including side characters, could get their own spinoff show. Although Sarandos didn’t confirm a Punisher spinoff series, his comments pretty much confirm something is on the way. (EW reports Marvel is trying to find a showrunner right now.)
Even though Sarandos says any character is technically on the table, just because Netflix can do a show doesn’t mean the service will. Sarandos noted that production for these shows is very high, which means turnaround takes a long time; doing a rush job would do these characters—and viewers—a disservice.
“Right now, these are produced at the scale of a major film, so there are long production times and long post times,” Sarandos said. “In some cases, when we have character crossover, it makes it more difficult to manage production. It’s not the goal to put out more than one or two a year.”
That said, Netflix subscribers have Daredevil season 2 to look forward to in March, along with a standalone show featuring Luke Cage, who made an appearance in Jessica Jones.
Notable about Sarandos’ comments is the fact that Netflix is open to releasing two Marvel shows a year, rather than one. Previously, Netflix said the plan was to release a show a year, and then converge for The Defenders. However, it looks like the service is altering that stance following the immense success of Daredevil and Jessica Jones.
If you thought the Marvel Cinematic Universe was large, it sounds like Netflix is open to building something like that on its service.