The Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour kicked off in style today with a panel from Netflix, with the popular streaming company promising a whole lot of Marvel series.
Netflix's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos — the dude who commissioned the critically acclaimed Daredevil as well as the upcoming Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders series — confirmed today at the TCA press tour taking place in Pasadena, Calif., that Netflix viewers can expect a new superhero series roughly every six months.
Sarandos said, "I think, ideally, there will be a rhythm of about every six months you’ll get a new season or a new series from the Defenders group. And then they’ll cross over into a combined [Defenders] season once we’ve launched the first season of each of the four characters."
He also added, "Some will selectively have multiple seasons as they come out of the gate. So they’ll probably be two launches a year." Daredevil has already nabbed a Season 2 renewal set to air next year. Next up on Netflix’s roster? it's the female-led superhero series Jessica Jones, starring Krysten Ritter and Doctor Who's David Tennant as the villainous Purple Man. It is set to premiere in late fall and will then be followed by Luke Cage (in 2016), starring Mike Colter in the titular role. Marvel’s Hero for Hire will be introduced in Jessica Jones.
As for Iron Fist, there was no news as to who will be the showrunner or the star of the comic-book series. However, Sarandos said announcements would be made "Hopefully soon. It’s always a little extra complex with Marvel in announcing things."
With the Punisher joining the Marvel fray in Season 2 of Daredevil, can we also expect a new series headlined by Jon Bernthal? "It is possible for sure," said Sarandos. "That’s the beauty of the Marvel universe." He also added that "Any of them could spin out into films, too." Now, that sounds like sweet music to my ears!
Are you guys looking forward to all the Marvel goodness set to air on Netflix?