Netflix will be teaming up with Marvel Studios to develop shows for four of Marvel’s most popular superheroes. The series will start with Daredevil, which will be followed by Jessica Jones, Iron First, and Luke Cage. After all of those famous faces get their time to shine, Netflix is polishing them off with a Defenders series.
Daredevil is scheduled to begin in 2015 with so far only rumors on who will play the popular hero. The 2003 Daredevil film starred Ben Affleck and got mixed reviews. The possibility of him returning to the role is very slim considering that Affleck is busy working for the enemy in DC’s upcoming Justice League. Who will get to play the blind lawyer by day and crime-fighting vigilante by night? Vulture recently interviewed actor Michael C. Hall who, although he has not formally received an offer, is rumored to be in line for the role. Hall recently spent eight seasons on Showtime’s Dexter, and has been spending his time off from TV on Broadway. He was quoted that if offered, he would consider the role, seeing as it is a good opportunity for him to jump into a heroic character.
As for the other shows, there are not many rumors of who fans will be seeing in them, but there is plenty of information on the characters themselves. Jessica Jones first appeared in Spiderman as a young classmate with a crush, but due to a nasty spider, she never really had the chance to tell him. She later collided with a military convoy that was carrying radioactive chemicals. The crash killed her whole family and when she woke up in the hospital she had super strength and the power of flight.
Iron Fist is pegged to be more of a Kung Fu-kind of show. Iron Fist is a master of martial arts who can harness his spiritual energy into a number of abilities. He is known to work closely with Daredevil and eventually become an Avenger.
Luke Cage was born and raised in Harlem. The former gangster led a very troubled life before landing himself in jail. It was there that he volunteered for an experimental cell regeneration-based experiment. He emerged with superhuman strength and invulnerability. He adopted the name Luke Cage and began working in New York City as a hero for hire. He is known to work closely with Jessica Jones and the Avengers.
What all these superheroes have in common is that they are all Defenders. Marvel is famous for building viewers up to big team blowouts and their Netflix career looks as though it will be no different. The defenders have several famous characters in their ranks including Dr. Strange, Hulk and the Silver Surfer. Although there is no word on who will be in the series, viewers can be sure that Dare Devil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage will be fighting alongside with them.
Marvel has built an empire on their superhero teams. Having the characters portrayed in a show rather than a movie gives them a lot more material to build on the characters’ various connections and relationships. Another advantage to using Netflix is an opportunity to make the shows a little darker and more dangerous, unlike the currently-running Marvel series, S.H.I.E.L.D., which is more of a family show. Netflix and Marvel know that teamwork is everything, and together they will develop a new generation of superhero shows unlike any other.
By: Morgan Louchen