Back in 2008 with Iron Man, Marvel Studios began laying the ground work with for a shared universe for their superhero films leading up to The Avengers. Well, Marvel is at it again, and this time they’ve partnered up with Netflix. The plan is to develop four television shows, each running for 13-episodes (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist) before ultimately bringing them together for a team-up miniseries called “The Defenders”.
“Daredevil” is the first of the four series, starring Charlie Cox as the titular character. Production has recently wrapped and Marvel’s “A.K.A. Jessica Jones” is the next in line, set to air in 2015 after the conclusion of Daredevil. Marvel has recently cast Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones. Luke Cage will also be introduced in the show before he headlines his own series, and it has been confirmed that Mike Colter (Halo: Nightfall) has landed the role.
Cage is described as “a man whose past has secrets that will dramatically alter Jessica in ways she could never have imagined.”
It’s definitely a wise decision to introduce Cage in Jessica Jones’ show since the characters have a long-standing history with one another, having been married at one point in time in the comic book world, and also having a child together. The character is also one half of a duo “Power Man and Iron Fist”. There is still no casting announcement for the other Hero for Hire, Iron Fist, but with the series’ momentum picking up we can’t imagine the announcement will be too far along.
Marvel definitely knows how to do team-up films, but the Netflix element allows the series to be darker in tone. While I don’t expect that these characters to go full rated R or even hard PG-13, it’ll be interesting to see how Marvel brings these antiheroes to life on television.
2015 will be a banner year for Marvel with Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man rounding out Phase 2 of Marvel’s films, not to mention Agents of SHEILD which has already kicked off Phase Three with its Inhumans ties. Peggy Carter premieres on January 6, 2015, and Daredevil is slated with a release date in May and Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones will air later in 2015.
There’s so much to choose from, buy which of these Marvel projects are you most excited for?