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In what is rightly being called an “unprecedented deal”, Marvel and Netflix  are coming together to produce four serialized programs leading into a miniseries event starring the characters Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. Every one of these characters have in the past been rumored for either an appearance on TV or film, but it seems an internet streaming service is where they’ll make their MCU debut. 

This is indeed a bold step for Marvel (technically Disney) further cementing their media empire while clearly considering the future of television. Sure, Agents of SHIELD is performing decently, but they didn’t sign this deal with ABC or any other network. They chose Netflix, an internet-based, streaming, subscription service that is quickly becoming the norm for television and movie viewing at home.

Here’s some of the details about the proposed series available from today’s press release (which you can read in entirety below),

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.

Not quite the anti-Avengers, but it’s obvious in their choice of heroes they’re going for a more grounded, less supernatural angle.

(On a side note, considering it’s culminating crossover is called, The Defenders, I’d love to see some Valkyrie and Misty Knight action up in here. They are the current stars of Marvel’s The Fearless Defenders and deserve a little screen time.)

And it will, “unfold over multiple years”? So if it begins in 2015 – not-so-coincidentally the year The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases will it lead to Avengers 3? Could we see these characters transition from the sphere of television to movies? What of characters from the films appearing on these shows?

I’m a little stunned by this news, but I am very, very excited. What do you think about four new Marvel live-action series debuting on Netflix in the coming years? What do you think of their choice of characters? Already have any opinions on casting? Think Joss Whedon will in some way be involved?

Source: Deadline

BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 7, 2013  – The Walt Disney Co. (Marvel is a known and loved brand that travels,” sNYSE: 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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