Something tells us that there are going to be way more superhero fans subscribing to Netflix in the near future than ever before. Today, the company made what is a pretty monumental announcement, as there are four separate series coming to the streaming service in the future all about four characters who have their fan followings, but are not so well-known as the likes of Iron Man, Thor, or Captain America.
Perhaps the most interesting one is the one that is coming out first in 2015 in Daredevil, given that this was a franchise that was previously ravaged by that Ben Affleck movie. But there is still clearly a story left to tell here, so we are therefore not surprised to see that someone is going to try and go for it. In following that up, there will be a series of other projects coming out that feature Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. These individual series will eventually lead to a new series called “The Defenders,” which we suppose is like “Avengers Lite.”
The biggest and most-welcome news here is that Marvel is finally bringing to the table a project with a heroine front and center, and not just one where we see her appear a few times a la Scarlett Johansson’s role in the big-budget movies. We would say that Daredevil and Luke Cage are the most well-known for the four, but this will appeal more to superhero enthusiasts presumably than the millions upon millions who flock to the theaters every summer.
In a statement, Marvel Entertainment president / warlord Kevin Fine had the following to say about this news:
“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.”
We still don’t like the all-episodes-at-once philosophy of Netflix, since it takes away that sort of conversation you can have with your friends who have the time to watch only an episode a week, but there’s clearly something working when it comes to their model.