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Netflix unveils plans for Marvel—and ‘Daredevil’ was just the beginning

Could we get a new Marvel Netflix series every six months?


Aja Romano


Posted on Jul 28, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 6:45 am CDT

Netflix announced on Tuesday that it has big plans for Marvel. Ambitious, borderline-unsustainable plans sure to delight fans everywhere—especially for anyone who binged the streaming power’s Daredevil.

According to Variety‘s Laura Prudom, Netflix’s head of content acquisition Ted Sarandos said he wanted a new Marvel series every six months. They would build on the Defenders universe kickstarted by Daredevil

To jumpstart the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Sarandos confirmed without giving a release date that Jessica Jones, Marvel’s first female-led superhero adaptation for the small screen, would debut in the fourth quarter of 2015. Attendees were treated to a brief and uneventful glimpse of Krysten Ritter as the title character. But far more fascinating is the timeline Marvel and Netflix seem to have that universe on.

So far the Defenders arc encompasses five shows all occurring within the same world, which is also the same ongoing world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If Marvel is true to its word, then in addition to Daredevil and Jessica Jones, we can expect to see both Luke Cage and Iron Fist out next year, with the ensemble show, Defenders, following in mid-2017.

In addition to whatever new shows Marvel has planned—assuming it doesn’t strangle Fox out of the rights to X-Men and then flood us with mutants forevermore—it will also selectively air additional seasons of some of the five shows they have in the works. Daredevil, of course, is already filming season 2, and adding two new characters, Elektra and the Punisher, who could each easily have their own spinoffs as well.

And after that—who knows?

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*First Published: Jul 28, 2015, 6:48 pm CDT