Marvel on Netflix update

checking the gateBy Craig Martin

As mentioned earlier last year, Netflix and Marvel have been planning a huge partnership that includes four new Netflix exclusive TV series, “Daredevil,” “Luke Cage,” “Jessica Jones,” and “Iron Fist” that would culminate in a huge crossover mini-series “The Defenders.” After that, it seemed as if there would be nothing new from the two companies’ combined work, that is until now. Speaking on Thursday at The Winter 2015 Television Critic Association’s press conference, Netflix’s Ted Sarandos shared a few new details about the news. Here’s a rundown of what he told reporters:

  • Each Marvel Netflix series will be roughly one year apart; with the amount of time between each series ranging from 8 to 15 months. “We’re not trying to hit a fall programming schedule or hit a grid number.  We want to give them enough room and enough time to make a great show. I don’t want to set up a rigid timetable.” Sarandos said.
  • The most intriguing news emerging would be the fact that each of the Marvel Netflix series are eligible for additional seasons. “They’re all eligible to go into multiple seasons for sure, and [we] contemplate that they will.”
  • As far as what factors go into deciding what and how many of the series go into a second season, Sarandos stated that it depends on a number of factors. “Definitely in how well we are addressing both the Marvel fanbase but also the broader fanbase who may or may not ever get into one of these series because of their own preconceived notions. One thing we have [is] a really great history of [combining] the personalized merchandising and the subscription model that allows people to be a little more adventurous about what they watch. We may find that an audience way broader than the typical Marvel audience will try and fall in love with these shows and with the Marvel brand, and it will be universe-expanding for Marvel too.”

Unlike the current crop of superhero shows on basic television, Netflix doesn’t release their viewership numbers, meaning that it will be a little more difficult to gauge whether “Daredevil” and company are successful from a viewership standpoint. Still, with not a lot of details currently available on the Daredevil series and its debut a mere three months away, comic book fans are certainly interested in seeing what a Marvel/Netflix collaboration can produce. Daredevil will premiere on Netflix on April 10.

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