Marvel Knights Coming to Live-Action on Netflix!

Daredevil-Time-Ticks-Byby Aaron Einhorn
Marvel has been slowly expanding their cinematic universe, and have now shown signs of tying that cinematic universe together. Starting from the not-so-humble Iron Man and building to include all of the Avengers, Marvel did something really amazingly cool with Phase One, creating an entire universe of their properties in an interconnected, live-action series.

We have never seen this, people. We’ve seen series of films, or one or two TV shows that connected, but we have never seen a comic universe come together in a multi-connected media format before.

And they haven’t slowed down. The Cinematic Universe is now going to outer space with Guardians of the Galaxy, has expanded onto TV with Agents of SHIELD, and there have been talks about exploring the magic side with Dr. Strange.

Now? Prepare for the Marvel Universe to expand once more, taking it to the streets as Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist each get their own 13-episode series to head directly to Netflix, culminating in a “Defenders” miniseries bringing them all together.

Don’t brush this off as “straight to video” schlock, either. Netflix has proven the merit of their direct offerings with House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Hemlock Grove and the return of Arrested Development. Netflix Original Series have as much weight as HBO or Showtime or AMC’s offerings.

lukecage_ironfistThis is amazingly cool news. Of course, the showrunners and cast involved will determine a lot about the success of these offerings, and oddly enough the initial release doesn’t confirm that these shows will tie in to the Cinematic Universe (although they’d be fools not to.)

Color me optimistic.

The full press release follows.

Disney’s Marvel and Netflix Join Forces to Develop Historic Four Series Epic plus a Mini-Series Event Based on Renowned Marvel Characters
Landmark Deal Brings Marvel’s Flawed Heroes of Hell’s Kitchen, led by “Daredevil,” to the World’s Leading Internet TV Network in 2015

Burbank, Calif. – Nov 7, 2013—The Walt Disney Co. and Netflix Inc. today announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel’s most popular characters exclusively to the world’s leading Internet TV Network beginning in 2015. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to a 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 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.

Produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Television Studios, this groundbreaking deal is Marvel’s most ambitious foray yet into live-action TV storytelling.

“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.”

DEC072206“Marvel’s movies, such as Iron Man and Marvel’s The Avengers, are huge favorites on our service around the world. Like Disney, Marvel is a known and loved brand that travels,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “With House of Cards and our other original series, we have pioneered new approaches to storytelling and to global distribution and we’re thrilled to be working with Disney and Marvel to take our brand of television to new levels with a creative project of this magnitude.”

This new original TV deal follows last year’s landmark movie distribution deal through which, beginning with 2016 theatrically released feature films, 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.


  1. Well, I guess I’m getting Netflix again… these are four of my favorite Marvel characters. Fingers crossed they get them right!