If you have not heard already, Marvel and Netflix are joining forces to develop individual, character-based, live-action adventures of four Marvel characters exclusively to Netflix.
Marvel’s series deal will be its biggest to date into live-action television. The first series planned will be Daredevil, followed by “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage.” The exact order of the last three is not completely known at this time.
What is known is all four series will lead up to bringing the characters together for “Marvel’s The Defenders” mini-series. Marvel Television will produce in association with ABC Television.
Netflix has committed to a minimum of 13 episodes for each of the four series, with the multi-tiered story set to begin sometime in 2015.
Daredevil had been rumored for a while now to be headed back to the big screen as a reboot, but instead will get another chance to impress Marvel fans after its not so great movie outing in 2003. The 2003 film starred Ben Affleck, aka the next Batman, Jennifer Garner and the late Michael Clarke Duncan.
Daredevil tells the story of Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer who fights for justice in the courtroom during the day and a masked vigilante on the street at night. Marvel’s Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett were the creators and first appeared in “Daredevil” #1 in April 1964.
Carl Lucas was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit. In exchange for parole, Luke underwent an experimental procedure, originally intended to generate immunity to all illness; instead, it inadvertently granted him steel-hard skin and superhuman strength. After escaping Seagate Prison, he forged the identity of “Luke Cage” becoming a “hero for hire,” a sort of super-enhanced private detective.
Jessica Jones was riding in a car with her family when they collided with a military convoy carrying radioactive chemicals. Her family was killed and, after spending several months in a coma, she was placed in foster care and adopted by the Jones family. Jessica later discovered that her radiation exposure granted her super strength, limited invulnerability, and flight.
Daniel “Danny” Rand-K’ai or “Iron Fist” is a practitioner of martial arts. Created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane, he first appeared in Marvel Premiere #15, May 1974. The character starred in his own solo series in the 1970s.