Marvel Comics characters included in the lineup: Daredevil, Jessica Jones (who starred in Brian Michael Bendis’ critically acclaimed comic Alias before moving over to The Avengers), Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. Each of the four characters will get their own 13-episode series, which will then culminate in a mini-series event based on the Marvel franchise The Defenders.
“The deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel’s brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling” said Marvel Entertainment President Alan Fine, in a statement released on Marvel’s website this morning. “Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel’s specialty. 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.”
ABC had previously attempted to develop a live-action series based on Jessica Jones entitled A.K.A. Jessica Jones, which never got out of the script stage, and Ben Affleck starred in a Daredevil feature film for 20th Century Fox, which was spun-off into a starring vehicle for Jennifer Garner as Elektra.