Marvel's new Netflix shows could become films; ABC still developing another Marvel show
Yesterday, we got the news that Marvel had joined forces with Netflix to deliver four new TV series (or are they technically "web" series now?) based on the characters of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. It's a solid move for Marvel and a great venue to boot, but it still left a lot of fans wondering if they'd ever get to see these characters on the big screen. Well, during the Disney earnings conference call a few more details about the deal emerged, including the possibility of seeing these characters on the big screen and the development of another Marvel show on ABC.
Jay Rasulo, Senior Executive VP and CFO of the The Walt Disney Company had this to say about the possibility of the characters branching out into features:
"Marvel has thousands of characters…and it is not possible to mine them all with filmed entertainment. While these characters are attractive characters they are not among the most popular… it’s not likely we would have made feature films about them…though if they are popular on Netflix, they could become feature films."
Disney's Bob Iger talked about the deal with Netflix as well as mentioning the development of another show on ABC:
"We actually talked about making these series available to others. And there was quite a bit of interest for these properties in the marketplace. The answer is yes, we will as a company, create more original programming for platforms that are not ours. We have some great networks with ABC, ABC Family, The Disney Channel, not to mention ESPN and Life but they’re not going to buy original, scripted programming for a while. But we can sell just so much programming from Marvel, we’ve got a good show in S.H.I.E.L.D. and another one being developed for ABC- more plans on our Disney channel with Marvel, but this seemed to be a great opportunity and I think there will be other opportunities on other platforms to do some more things."
So, ultimately, what we have is hope for Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist (or possibly The Defenders) making the jump to feature films, but that would rest on the success of their individual shows. Although there aren't any details on what the new ABC show will be, speculation is high that it will be based on Hayley Atwell's Agent Carter, which recently debuted a one-shot with the IRON MAN 3 home video release. Any way you shake it, though, there's a Marvel invasion coming to TV (and the interwebs), so be ready!
If not Agent Carter on ABC, which character would you like to see on the network?