Daredevil. The Punisher. Luke Cage. The Defenders. Jessica Jones. Let’s not forget Elektra and Iron Fist as well in the mix of characters that Netflix has picked up for hugely successful and well produced shows and mini series. Netflix is seemingly a breeding ground and launching point for all those edgy, street-level characters from the Marvel universe that other televisions studios have been reluctant to pick up based on their target demographics and who already have family friendly, all-ages shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. being produced.
We have even more news and this is coming hot on the heels of a recent Netflix Press Release announcing that Jon Bernthal would be reprising his role as The Punisher for his own series. From the release; “Marvel’s The Punisher” marks the sixth series ordered thus far as part of the groundbreaking collaboration between Marvel Television and Netflix including the upcoming “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” “Marvel’s Iron Fist,” “Marvel’s The Defenders” and the Peabody Award-winning “Marvel’s Jessica Jones.”
Now, quite possibly, Netflix will be adding three more names to their steadily growing roster of Marvel superhero characters.
Marvel Studios broke the movie industry mold and brought to life its universe in a way where all the movies and characters connected whether it was on the large movie theater screen or the television screen or even Netflix. Each “pocket” let’s call them – movies, television and Netflix – have their own inter-connectivity in their own right. It is very possible that characters such as The Hulk or Dr Strange would cameo or appear in the Defenders, pulled in an unprecedented way from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Alan Fine was quoted recently saying; “This 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. 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.”
For the Netflix corner of the Marvel cinematic universe, the potential for Blade, Moon Knight & Ghost Rider shows and mini series seems to be a very likely possibility. So far, there has been discussion about how Jessica Jones, Daredevil and Power Man & Iron Fist will be leading up to an ensemble mini series called the Defenders. But what of the Netflix world after that? Might this possibly lead to something many fans have been asking for: Marvel Knights?
This might now be our first glimpse of what is to come in a post-defenders Netflix world!