Continuing the trend of original TV shows airing elsewhere than traditional television networks, Disney/Marvel announced plans to create live-action programming for Netflix.
The four serialized shows will feature street-level, Hell’s Kitchen heroes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage in at least 13 episodes each beginning in 2015. After “multiple years of original programming”, the four will come together in The Defenders, a “mini-series event” that will form them into a team. Netflix is also the “exclusive US 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.”
Existing properties like these come with fans that Netflix likely hopes to attract to their service, while I note that Marvel’s media projects continue to focus on having female representation included.