Marvel exec explains how Daredevil series differs from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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May 12, 2014, 5:34 PM EDT (Updated)

With a slew of new Marvel series such as Daredevil on the way to Netflix, fans are still wondering exactly what the company’s next small-screen projects will look like — and now Marvel exec Joe Quesada is dropping some hints.

All we really have to look to as a measuring stick is flagship series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. over at ABC. While chatting with Comic Book Resources, Quesada noted that Daredevil’s 13-episode order is "obviously" easier to plot than S.H.I.E.L.D.’s much larger 22-episode broadcast season.

It’s that size and length difference that should make these two projects (as well as the other Netflix shows on the way) a very different beast than what fans have found with S.H.I.E.L.D.:

“Let me be clear, we're not going into this show with the idea of trying to erase the memory of anything that came before or really any preconceived notions whatsoever. We're going into the show trying to create something that's incredibly exciting, incredibly engaging, and will give our fans something that they love, something that's unexpected, something that's going to keep them coming back for more. That's really, ultimately, the goal of this: How do we produce a Daredevil TV show on Netflix, that's going to be viewed the way that people view content on Netflix, in a way that's going to be compelling, feels unique, while bringing something that is not only true to the character, but providing something unexpected as well…

You can't deny that there will be binge-viewing. You know that there are going to be some Marvel fans that when this show premieres, they are going to go on to Netflix, and they are going to sit there for 12 to 13-plus hours, and watch the entire thing all the way through. It's going to happen. The Netflix model offers us the advantage of being able to construct the show in a manner that is very different than a weekly network TV show. Even the way that you parse out information and reveals within the show can be different than you would on weekly TV. With weekly TV, you sit there and go, ‘The audience may not want to wait two or three weeks to get this particular bit of information.’ Whereas with Netflix, we might be able to hold onto a particular piece of information, because they may just watch it two hours later.

It's a different kind of construction. The simplest way to put it in comic book terms is that it's the difference between writing a monthly comic series as opposed to writing a graphic novel. You can tell the same story within the same page count in both formats, but you may parse out that information or construct your story differently because of how it's going to be delivered and consumed.”

The back half of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s first season showed Marvel can make their characters work on the small screen in a compelling way, and it sounds like the Netflix shows could strike an even more direct balance with the feature film approach and the smaller story-style of television. Here's hoping.

What do you think? is Netflix the right home for Marvel’s characters?

(Via Comic Book Resources)

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