Marvel is about to take over Netflix in a big way. According to TIME on July 28, The online streaming service announced that they will release a new superhero series every six months. A total of five shows which will focus on different Marvel characters will premiere every six months, with the already aired “Daredevil” series starting off the streak back in April. The series was renewed for a second season almost immediately and is scheduled to air next spring.
A “Jessica Jones” series will be ready from streaming at the end of 2015, and the series is currently filming in New York City. Actress Krysten Ritter, who play the lead role of Jessica Jones, is the first major female superhero character to make it to the silver screen after Scarlet Witch. A movie based on the female superhero “Captain Marvel” won’t be released in theaters until 2018. Like “Daredevil,” the new series is expected to be darker and edgier than the Marvel blockbusters that have been dominating the summer box office.
Cinemablend confirmed that two more of the shows will focus on Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Each character will get their own thirteen episode season on Netflix. The final series will be a mini-series called “The Defenders,” which will tie all the shows together. There have been no definitive release dates for the other shows, other than the indication that they will be every six months between early spring and late fall. There is also the possibility that the characters will also get their own blockbuster film in the coming years.
These superhero television shows have been planned for years, with the news leaking last year while Marvel was shopping the idea around to streaming services. Netflix and Marvel teamed up and announced the deal this summer, although the plans had been confirmed long ago. Marvel appears to be reusing their strategy for successful films with television shows. A group of shows based on individual characters with a final story that brings all the characters together as a team for a common goal.
Marvel confirmed that Matt Murdoch is being planned to return to the big screen, after the 2005 film based on the character and starring Ben Affleck, who will appear next summer as Batman in “Batman v. Superman.” Luke Cage is one of the few African-American superheroes in the mix, and is the focus of a series since Black Panther will be joining up with The Avengers and get his own standalone film in the coming years. Iron Fist is a more obscure choice, but a good story for Marvel to introduce with the television story arc to round out the Marvel universe.