Marvel develops Hell’s Kitchen film series with Netflix

A unique corner of the Marvel Universe is Hell’s Kitchen, where criminals are under the constant watch of Daredevil, the guardian devil of the streets. Luke Cage and Iron Fist, the Heroes for Hire take on any job for a fee and private detective Jessica Jones investigates the grim mysteries of the area.

While the Avengers are more colorful and deal with mind-blowing threats to the universe, the street-level heroes of Hell’s Kitchen keep the city safe. Finally, that area of the Marvel Universe will be explored in a series of new short films.

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Marvel and Netflix have announced a deal for five all-new live-action Hell’s Kitchen-based series, beginning with “Daredevil” and culminating with “The Defenders.”

The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) and Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) today announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel’s most popular characters exclusively to the world’s leading Internet TV Network beginning in 2015. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to a mini-series programming 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 re-imagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.

Produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Television Studios, this groundbreaking deal is Marvel’s most ambitious foray yet into live-action TV storytelling.

“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,” said Alan Fine, President of Marvel Entertainment. “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.”

“Marvel’s movies, such as ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Marvel’s The Avengers,’ are huge favorites on our service around the world. Like Disney, Marvel is a known and loved brand that travels,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “With ‘House of Cards’ and our other original series, we have pioneered new approaches to storytelling and to global distribution and we’re thrilled to be working with Disney and Marvel to take our brand of television to new levels with a creative project of this magnitude.”

This new original TV deal follows last year’s landmark movie distribution deal through which, beginning with 2016 theatrically released feature films, Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run, live-action and animated movies from the Walt Disney Studios, including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature and Lucasfilm. Netflix members can currently enjoy a wide range of Disney, ABC TV and Disney Channel films and shows across the 41 countries where Netflix operates.


One thought on “Marvel develops Hell’s Kitchen film series with Netflix

  1. To make a great series (no matter if it’s a comic book series or a TV show), you have to form a large cast of supporting characters. If all the attention is focused on the leading character, in the long run readers will get bored with him/her.
    On the contrary, to make a great movie you mustn’t introduce too many supporting characters, or the audience will get confused.
    Daredevil has a large cast of supporting characters, so I think that building a TV show (and not a movie) around him is the right choice.
    Among Daredevil’s supporting characters, the ones who should play a key role in the series are Foggy, Elektra and the Black Widow, in my opinion. I’ll try to explain you why.
    Foggy: As you know, it is rather frequent that a superhero decides to fight crime with someone else, with a sidekick whose help makes him/her feel more confident and sometimes pulls his/her chestnuts out of the fire.
    I love when a superhero has a sidekick who, instead of fighting crime next to him/her, as the various Robins used to do with Batman, prefers to help his/her mentor behind the scenes, as Foggy does with Daredevil. That’s why their relationship should be an important theme of the series: because Foggy helps Daredevil as a sidekick, but he does it in a way most people are not used to, that is to say by using his lawyer skills instead of his fists.
    Elektra: I don’t think I have to explain why she should get a key role: she’s a so interesting character that she got a solo series, and she’s also the most popular and important lover Matt ever had.
    Black Widow: She got a lot of popularity thanks to the Avengers, so her presence as one of Daredevil’s lovers would increase the interest around the TV show.
    P.S.: I didn’t mean to say that Scarlett Johansson should appear in the show (I perfectly know that Netflix’s budget wouldn’t cover her price): I meant to say that her character (played by a different actress) should play a consistent role in the show. Karen Page is another worthy character I’d like to see.


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