Marvel and Netflix are Teaming Up for 4 TV Shows and a Defenders Mini-Series

Luke Cage and Iron Fist

Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Stylish asskickers.

As previously reported, Marvel is working on a series of TV shows and one mini-series based on their characters, and speculation ran rampant about which character they were focusing on. And, of course, which characters we would like them to focus on.

Today, Marvel and Walt Disney have officially announced that they are partnering with online video streamer Netflix for just that.

Jessica Jones Comic

Jessica Jones at your service.

So who will we see on the small screen? Glad you asked.

Looks like the Man Without Fear will kick things off. That’s “Daredevil” to you non-comic book geeks out there. He’ll be followed by “Jessica Jones”, “Iron Fist”, and then “Luke Cage”, each with their own shows.

The shows, we’re told, 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.”

As per the deal, Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series, all of it leading up to a “The Defenders” mini-series team-up event that will re-imagine “a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.”

A TV/Netflix version of The Avengers, if you will.

I’m disappointed that the Punisher didn’t get his own series, but I can understand why. They’ve already tried three movies, and the character just doesn’t seem to have the same kind of popularity he once did. Plus, a guy with a gun running around shooting people just isn’t as “fantastical” as a guy with radar senses, I guess. I’m definitely looking forward to that “Iron Fist” show, though. Scott Adkins, anyone?

This isn’t Netflix’s first foray into original programming. They’ve achieved some success with “House of Cards”, a show starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.

Look for the Marvel invasion to begin on Netflix in 2015 — the same year as “The Avengers 2″. Hmm, coincidence?

Daredevil Comic Book Cover



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  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    NICE! Very nice! It would be a very street level team for a Defenders mini though. I’d say throw Valkyrie in at least or Something, unless they’re going for a Defenders team that’s more like Heroes for Hire. As much as I like HFH Defenders sounds like a better team name.
    And yes Nix Scott Adkinds for Iron Fist 100%!!!!

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      I’d like to see Moon Knight get his own show. For some reason I always like that guy.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        Hell Yeah! I even had a way to work in his schizofrenia a bit. I’d go with what Reginald Hudlin was doing when they brought him back or even during the Vengeance of Moon Knight series where he was fighting against his brutal nature and “Khonsu” was appearing to him encouraging him to kill.

  • Lexavi80

    Wow! Marvel has done it again!

    House of Ideas (and balls), indeed!

  • ErickKwon

    I haven’t watched any of Netflix’s originals, so have to wonder how loose their content standards are, plus I don’t know Jesse Jones but you give me a “Daredevil”-”Luke Cage”-”Iron Fist” martial arts/action trifecta that could potentially be as violent and mean and outrageous as “Laundry Day” and I’m in. It’s almost enough to make me forgive the Nixflix VS Netflix bullshit. And hey, maybe we’re one step closer to a “Peggy Carter” or “invaders”/WW II Marvel Cinematic Universe show

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      As gritty as “Laundry Day”? You smoking something? LOL That isn’t happening as good as it would be. And Daredevil is really the only one that needs to be THAT gritty. Jessica Jones could play out as a modern Noir detective show, with her having super powers. I think each needs to have it’s own feel, with Daredevil being the girtty darker vigilante, Cage being the street smart, tough, down to Earth working class guy helping out people A-Team/Leverage style, and Iron Fist being the martial arts action drama with some mysticism. I’m looking forward to this.

      • ErickKwon

        Hm, okay maybe not THAT gritty, but at least shows that aren’t afraid to put some blood onscreen. Was watching the extended “The Wolverine” was surprised how little blood and brutality the PG-13 rating allows for anymore.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          Is it that much of a change? I can’t wait for that!

          • ErickKwon

            In terms of carnage, there’s some more blood and clawplay, including a longer ninja battle. There are also some more scenes with Jean Grey which (POSSIBLE SPOILER) make her feel less like a figment of Logan’s imagination and more like clues that the Phoenix force is still around and latched onto him in some way.

  • Aegon the Conqueror

    Finally Luke Cage! Bit disappointed that Daredevil gets sent to the small scree. But then again I’d watch all of these with enthusiasm. I wonder whether that Old Spice guy will finally get his chance as Luke.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      He belongs on the small screen in a weekly series IMO. He’s a street level guy, not a “save the universe” guy. Same with the Punisher.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        True and you can tell better stories with time to develop chracters and such.

    • Juggernaut

      He would be a good choice for a TV version.

  • ultra q

    how about spider-woman? she was barely seen in ONCE A HERO-REMEMBER THAT SHOW?

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      She could work. Lets see how these four work out first though. She’d be a great character to introduce the current version of Hydra. Let them be how she gets her powers and then decides to rebel against them.