Due to air 2015, the 4 core shows are being developed by Marvel Television and focus on Daredevil – whose rights only returned to the company in 2013 – to be followed by superhero-turned-private eye Jessica Jones, air-headed master of kung-fu Iron Fist and the super-strong former Power Man Luke Cage. Like their comic-book incarnations, they’ll exist in the shared universe of New York’s Hell’s Kitchen.
Netflix will air 13 episodes from each series, culminating in a Defenders mini-series which will bring all the characters together into one street-level Avengers Assemble-style team-up. The comic-book Defenders have always typically been a team of outsiders, and since their first appearance in 1971, their membership has included Luke Cage, Daredevil and Iron Fist, although not always at the same time.
“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 serialised 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 favourites 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.”