Netflix and Marvel have announced a new agreement between the two companies that will see Marvel characters getting their own TV series’, exclusively available on the streaming service.
Starting in 2015 with a series focused on Daredevil, and then followed by Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, the project will unfold over multiple years, culminating in a mini-series focusing on The Defenders.
Netflix have committed to a minimum of four series, each featuring 13 episodes, and the subsequent Defenders mini-series. Marvel are calling this “groundbreaking” deal their ‘most ambitious foray yet into live-action TV storytelling’, no doubt buoyed by the success thus far of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, who will also be co-producing the new shows.
Alan Fine, President of Marvel Entertainment, was unsurprisingly full of praise for the agreement.
“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. 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.”
Ted Sarandos’ Chief Content Officer at Netflix, was equally happy;
“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. 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.”