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Marvel has signed an agreement with Netflix that will see the publisher create four live-action superhero series and an Avengers-style special event that will be shown exclusively on the streaming video service. The first series will be based on Daredevil while the remaining three series will center on Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage.
Each series will consist of at least 13 episodes, we’re told. At the conclusion, in typical Marvel fashion, the superheroes will come together in a special Avengers-like miniseries called The Defenders. No word yet on how many episodes it will consist of, however.
Alan Fine, president of Marvel Entertainment, said in a statement that this serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in what's sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure.
True enough, it’s a pretty big get for Netflix as they continue to forge ahead with their original content movement. Netflix has seen tremendous success from the American political drama series House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey which won multiple Emmy Awards earlier this year.
And for Marvel, it serves as the biggest venture yet with regard to a television series. Needless to say, there’s a lot on the line for both companies as superhero fans will no doubt be watching with a close eye over the coming years.
Episodes are expected to begin airing sometime in 2015.