Marvel’s Defenders Coming To Live Action via Netflix
Daredevil. Luke Cage. Iron Fist. Jessica Jones.
These are the members of the Marvel superhero team called the Defenders. They are all coming to Netflix as a multiepisodic TV series event that shall start filming in NYC this summer. This is yet another impressive project by Marvel to bring their legendary catalogue of stories and heroes to the masses in ways that few other comics have managed to do successfully.Beginning with the successful Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series which leverages the star power of The Avengers’ Agent Coulson (played by Clark Gregg), Marvel has begun their television onslaught.
Marvel plans on developing four serialized programs totaling 52 one-hour episodes culminating in a four to eight episode mini-series programming event. Starting with the Daredevil, these fabled fictional heroes whose stories are based in Hells Kitchen, NYC, will receive live action treatment over multiple years. The series would then progress on to Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and finally Iron Fist.
Once all of that is done, the mini-series event would be a team up of the whole crew as The Defenders much like the way The Avengers movie was set up.
While Daredevil has already seen his name in the bright lights of Hollywood, this event will be the first live action treatment to the last three superheroes. Typically used as heroes for hire, these shows could very well be a super hero styled detective series as each of these characters typically were featured as such in the comics together. It will also be interesting to see if the actors and actress selected manage to make their way into another version of an Avengers movie. Considering the Avengers franchise could techinically feature ANY selection of Marvel heroes, I’m certain this series will be a popularity test for a possible Hollywood feature involving or starring these heroes.
Casting and directing have yet to be announced but the interwebs are alive with rumors and wishes. The show itself is scheduled to release in 2015 with filming to begin in NYC this summer. Stay tuned for news as it comes!