Like it did with their cinematic properties, Marvel, in partnership with Netflix , is developing original content featuring some of their characters for the streaming service. The first series, Daredevil, starring Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock and his crime fighting alter ego is well into production, with series featuring Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist to follow.
Ted Sarando, Netflix’s Chief Operating Office, talked about the decision to develop each character in their own series separately and to bring them together into a team, The Defenders was inspired by the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the Avengers. “Eventually the series will run very close together. You can then have a separate season where the characters will cross over.” Sarando told Empire Magazine.
With Daredevil already filming, attention is turning to the next series. “Jessica Jones is likely the next to go into production. Right now, the writers’ rooms are open and they’re looking at casting Jessica,” Sarando said. With the eventual group team up, Sarando talked about the advantages of series over feature story telling. “Having 13 hours to tell each of these stories, you can go right to the origin story and the action at the same time.” Of course fans of the Marvel Movies have to wonder about the possibility of some crossover between the silver screen universe and the streaming one. It’s “definitely been discussed.” confirmed Sarando.
While inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the nature of these characters, and the nature of episodic television will lead to a darker tone than the movies. “What we love about this particular set of heroes is that they’re a little more down to Earth. Costume wise and also in that these are gritty crime stories, more in the streets than in the clouds.”
Marvel’s Daredevil, starring Charlie Cox, with Vincent D’Onfrio as Wilson Fisk, Eldon Henson as Foggy Nelson, and Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page: will reach Netflix in May of 2015
Source: Empire Magazine