If you weren’t sure how massive in scope Marvel’s recent deal with Netflix is, this should give you some idea. The four separate series, all shooting in New York, will cover Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones, and will each be fifteen, one-hour episodes.
Here’s the official press release:
“This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs totaling 52 one-hour episodes culminating in a four to eight episode mini-series 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 viewers 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 mini-series event in which the Marvel characters from the first four series team up as “The Defenders,” much like “The Avengers.””
It remains to be seen whether Marvel’s next venture into TV will indeed be more “Avengers” than “Agents of SHIELD” in terms of quality, though I will say with reports of whose involved, it’s leaning more toward “SHIELD” at present. Though perhaps in limited format, free of a network, the show will have more freedom to be less serialized, as debuting on Netflix the shows are all made to be binge watched. And binge watching serialized shows is awful.
I have hopes for this venture. Not high hopes, perhaps, but hopes all the same.
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