You will Marvel at Netflix’s New Programming!

In 2015 Netflix is adding a slew of new and original programing from Marvel to its already vast library of content. Among the list of new shows are “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage,” which will unfold over multiple years of original programming and take the viewer into the world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to thirteen episodes for each series and a culminating Marvel’s “The Defenders.”

netflixFor Netflix this is a step in the right direction. Marvel is known to attract people just based on brand name recognition, and for Netflix to give them creative license to create content that will add to the Marvel Cinematic Universe will certainly help them. This will be Marvel’s first attempt at establishing comic-based characters for television shows other than “Agents of Shield,” which airs on ABC.

“Daredevil” is the first of the shows to be produced and is a personal favorite of mine. “Daredevil” is the story of Matt Murdock, a lawyer who has special abilities that develop after being blinded as a young child. His main ability is a special sense that allows him to see through sound, like a bat. This opens up his other senses in special ways, and he uses his talents and agility to fight crime in Hell’s Kitchen as Daredevil.

Daredevil/Matt Murdock was one of the first roles to be cast for the show and will be portrayed by actor Charlie Cox.   Others to be cast are Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page and Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk. The show offers an opportunity to distance itself from the movie “Daredevil,” which many consider a flop.

Netflix’s new original TV deal follows their landmark movie distribution deal. Beginning in 2016, Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run, live-action and animated movies from the Walt Disney Studios, including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature and Lucasfilm. Netflix members can currently enjoy a wide range of Disney, ABC TV and Disney Channel films and shows across the 41 countries where Netflix operates.

As of now there isn’t much information on the other shows that Marvel is producing, as Daredevil seems to be the main focus for the time being. My personal take on this is that Marvel is on top of the world and can do no wrong right now.

Despite the dislike of fans for some Marvel movies they still earned a lot of money and are deemed successes. The company is still going forward with more and more plans for television shows and movies. I am looking forward to the new programing, and I’m glad that I have Netflix to be able to watch them when they come out.

Ian Shilhanek

3 thoughts on “You will Marvel at Netflix’s New Programming!

  1. As a big Marvel fan this is interesting to me, but I have one concern for the comic industry as whole. Recently both Marvel and DC have announced a lot of new movies and tv shows, and this makes me wonder if there is going to be an over-saturation of comic book themed entertainment in the market. My biggest fear is that there will be too much content in a short amount of time, which could then lead to a loss of interest by the viewing public. I would rather see a few good superhero movies a year, and not have an over-abundance.

  2. Marvel has just announced a plethora of new films coming out in the next few years. I am wondering if this was a good or bad strategy on their part to basically release a several year plan. This features brand new movies and hero’s, all the way to a fourth Avengers Movie. I think Marvel is a big enough company and professional enough to pull off several movies in just a few years. They will not lack on the quality side, but the one concern I have would be overkill of the superhero movie. It becomes unappealing and less special as a gainer if we see it all of the time.

  3. I agree with Austin and Christopher. With the competition between DC and Marvel for moviegoers’ money, the next few years are flooded with multiple superhero movies each year. Superheroes have an expiration date, unless something can be done to drastically change our expectations from superhero films. Marvel’s films, for instance, have a fairly consistent 3rd act finale that ends with a big showdown in a metropolitan area where a main character seemingly dies, just to turn up alive at the last minute. Avengers. Captain America 2. Even Guardians of the Galaxy, which has been Marvel’s most original attempt to date, ends with this same cookie-cutter third act. I hope that Marvel has just been establishing conventions like these so that they can break them and redefine them in their next phase of films.

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