By: Adam Basciano
Are you disappointed and frustrated by Marvel’s first live action televisions attempt, Agents of M.E.R.D.A.? Oops, I mean Agents of S.N.O.R.E.? Oh, that’s not it. I meant Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Are you tired of seeing the always enjoyable Agent Coulson paired with other agents you couldn’t care less about, all for the sake of name dropping various Avengers or over promoting the newest Thor film at every commercial break? Do you wish Marvel would use live action television to highlight some of their second tier characters that may not make the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Well then this announcement will come as good news.
Today, Disney and Netflix announced that they will produce four series based on Marvel characters that will lead to a TV mini series event. “Led by a series focused on “Daredevil,” followed by “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage,” 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. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a culminating Marvel’s “The Defenders” mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters. ” This to me as a big fan of Daredevil is a great news! I’ve always said that Daredevil as a concept was better suited for television. I like the fact that Netflix will be airing these shows. They’ve proven with recent efforts that they put on quality content with top talented people in front and behind the camera. While I’ve read plenty of Daredevil, I’ve only read of the other characters when they’ve made cameo appearances in other books. What I have seen is that all four characters are more “street level” heroes, more grim and gritty then the tone set by the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Netflix can definitely accommodate this tone, and won’t have to follow the same restrictions of ABC and broadcast television.
We’ll have more information on all these series as they become available. I rarely make claims such as this but I can honestly say, no matter what these four shows end up being, I’m pretty confident that they’ll be better than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.