As we first announced last year, online streaming video giant Netflix will be presenting a total of 5 new programs based on Marvel Comics characters, starting with Daredevil in 2015, which will be written and run by Drew Goddard. Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage will follow–all leading to the team-up series The Defenders. Like many Marvel stories, these shows will all be set in New York City (and filmed there, too).
There hasn’t been a great deal of information on these shows available–but recently, in an appearance on Kevin Smith‘s Fatman on Batman podcast, Marvel Entertainment CCO Joe Quesada discussed a few key details:
(Transcription of Quesada’s interview courtesy of Comicbook.com)
As mentioned in the headline, the Netflix shows will exist within the continuity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, alongside the Avengers alumni and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
There will be some interconnectivity, much like the movies. They will exist within the cinematic universe again, so this is all the same world as S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers.
Originally, the word was each series would be released separately–but now it looks as though we may be getting them all at once:
You’re going to get all these episodes, and you can binge watch them however you want, and then binge watch them again.
As for what makes these shows stand out from the rest of Marvel’s film and television projects:
Although these are superhero stories, this is different now. This is the street level…this is the street level noir side of the Marvel Universe. Something that you haven’t really, really seen in any of our Marvel movies. And probably more ground level, than I think you’ve seen. This is not like us doing Batman, Dark Knight or any of that stuff. This is very Marvel doing street level superheroes.
How’s the writing? Well:
The scripts are coming in. They are pretty fantastic. They’re really emotional. They’re very, very original. But at the same time, it is Daredevil. It is Matt Murdock. We will eventually, hopefully start casting really, really soon, but I’m very, very excited about it.
But for all his openness, Quesada isn’t prepared to show us all his cards just yet:
I’m not going to say who the villain is in our story
That’s disappointing: I’ve always been of the opinion that a show or film of this nature is only as good as it’s chief adversary. That’s why Iron Man 2 rocked, and Iron Man 3 was a pile of suck (well, one of the reasons).
We’ll be following this story closely, of that you can be certain, and we will bring you further updates as they become available.