Holy Sh!t: Netflix Joins Forces With Marvel, Announces 4 New Shows And ‘Defenders’ Mini-Series


If you love comic book adaptations there is a good chance November 7, 2013 will go down as the day Christmas came early in your life.

Just after 9AM this morning, Netflix announced that it’s teaming up with Disney and Marvel to produce four new TV shows based on Marvel heroes, as well as a mini-series. You may think this deal would include minor heroes people are not all that familiar with, but in fact you could not be more wrong. The four characters being given their own 13-episode series are Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones. As if that isn’t good enough, we’ll let the official press release tell you the biggest reveal of all:

“… 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.”

If you haven’t put everything together just yet, Netflix is essentially going to do what Marvel has been doing with their big screen adaptations for years. They will launch a number of individual series, then slowly intertwine everything into a major ‘event’ mini-series that takes place years down the line. How cool is 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. 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.”

There have been a lot of complaints about the quality of the current Marvel series, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., which airs on ABC. While I understand those concerns (and wholeheartedly agree – the CGI sucks) I also feel it’s important to remember that the original programming Netflix has released thus far has been produced far better than your average tv fare. With a deal as big as this I’m sure Netflix will spare no expense in making sure they do right by the Marvel universe. Do you agree? Comment below and let us know your thoughts.

We do not have an exact timeline on when fans can expect these series to premiere, but a few sites are claiming a 2015 kickoff is likely. We’ll bring you more information as it becomes available.

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