If The Avengers movie didn’t fully satisfy all your childhood fantasies for live action versions of your heroes, fret not, there’s a new batch of lycra in the pipelines. Teased back in October, it’s now been finalized that Disney has struck a deal to bring 4 new series directly to Netflix: Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist, leading up to the team up mini-series The Defenders.
Well that sounds awesome.
This news comes shortly after the much hyped launch of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, a spin-off series featuring the (mysterious!) return of Agent Phil Coulson, leading a rag tag bunch of agents on wacky adventures featuring terrible acting, 90s quality editing, and dumb jokes for babies. Tuesday’s episode F.Z.Z.T. was actually watchable, so maybe things will turn out OK.
So, what are these new series about?
You may remember the Daredevil movie from 2003 starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. It was total garbage and is one of the primary reasons everyone on the Internet got so worked up about Ben playing Batman. Fox lost the rights to Daredevil in 2012 when they failed to make another film, so Marvel gets to fold the character back into their universe.
Daredevil was blinded as a kid by comic book chemicals, but his other senses were heightened to super-human levels, allowing him to swing around NYC and beat up bad guys. Daredevil is easily the most popular and recognizable character of the bunch, and it’s a bit surprising he isn’t getting the feature film treatment, but I think it’s a genius move to have him headline for some lesser known characters in a packaged concept. It will also be more interesting to see a long form treatment and (hopefully) nuanced evolution of the man without fear over 13+ episodes.
Luke Cage is one of those Marvel characters that’s right on the brink of mainstream consciousness. He holds a special place in a lot of people’s hearts as one of the first African American super heroes to have his own series, and comic nerd/movie star/crazy person Nic Cage even named himself after the character. His powers are pretty generically “punchy” and his costume is straight up 1972, so it’ll be interesting to see how it translates.
Speaking of generic, it doesn’t get more so than Jessica Jones. More comic book chemicals and flying and punching. But hey, it’s a female-led vehicle for once, so awesome. There was rumors of this series being passed on by ABC, and understandably so, she needs the more recognizable properties for normies to care. In related news, there is still talk of an Agent Carter (from Captain America: The First Avenger) series in the works at ABC.
Finally, Iron Fist is a cool martial arts master with the ultimate iron fist punchy power, also coming about in the 70s during the Bruce Lee craze. A movie has been in the works for a while now, but never materialized, so it’s exciting for nerds to hear he’ll get his own series.
All in all, these characters definitely have a darker vibe than The Avengers, so let’s hope without the FCC regulations and PG-13 rating concerns we get a more adult take on things. That seems to be the case with Marvel stating “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.” Look for Daredevil to kick things off in 2015.
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