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November 7, 2013 10:21 AM
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Netflix Orders Four Marvel Series: 'Daredevil,' 'Jessica Jones,' 'Iron Fist' and 'Luke Cage'

'Daredevil' was previously adapted as a 2003 film starring Ben Affleck Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Maybe Netflix hasn't been keeping up with the ABC's middling "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," or maybe the streaming giant just thinks it can do better. Either way, in the latest of a string of new announcements from the company, Netflix today unveiled a multiyear deal with Disney to develop four live-action series based on Marvel characters.

The series, which will begin rolling out in 2015 and will unfold over several years, will start with "Daredevil," followed by "Jessica Jones," "Iron Fist" and "Luke Cage." They'll be set in the same universe in Hell's Kitchen, New York, and each will get a minimum of 13 episodes, leading to an "Avengers"-style miniseries event called "The Defenders," which "reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters."

Marvel Entertainment's Alan Fine said in the announcement that "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. 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."

The shows will be produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Television Studios, and will mark the latest expansion in Marvel's screen universe. This deal comes on the tail of the one Netflix made with DreamWorks Animation to develop 300 hours of original programming based on the company's characters, starting with "Turbo: F.A.S.T." (Fast Action Stunt Team), which will be Netflix's first children's series, based on DreamWorks' movie "Turbo" and slated for December.

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5 Comments

  • Danny Rand | January 27, 2014 9:38 PMReply

    This guy is who they're getting for Iron Fist (not made public yet):
    http://youtu.be/trxYuzYwEQg

  • Dan | November 7, 2013 12:29 PMReply

    Oh and this is awesome, let me repeat AWESOME news. Good for you Netflix, you understand where people are getting their entertainment and where the future of Television lies.

  • Dan | November 7, 2013 12:27 PMReply

    AGENTS of Shield has found it's footing and is doing just fine. It will be around for a very long time. I know critics delight in destroying things, I mean good reviews are fun to write, right? Eventually people will realize the Nielsen ratings is stupid and outdated because only old people watch TV shows on TV. Anyway when A.O.S. premieres it's 7th season opener, I and a lot of other people will still be watching. That's a promise.

  • Susan | November 7, 2013 4:01 PM

    Yes, being around for a long time is definitely a sign of quality. That's why NCIS and TWO AND A HALF MEN are the bestest shows on air.

  • Helen | November 7, 2013 10:57 AMReply

    Paulina Garcia has to win the Oscar at best Actress because she is amazing and superb in Gloria!!!