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Marvel's new Netflix shows could become films; ABC still developing another Marvel show

11.08.2013

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?

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10:06PM on 11/08/2013
I'm quite optimistic about this because it's quite interesting where things are heading.

On the one hand nin11 is right, we are already getting over saturated with comic book movies and I am getting sick and tired of CGI orgies in all these films. Then on the other hand I think it could be a good thing for comic book stories because they can delve a bit deeper and take their time with telling stories (think Breaking Bad, rather than Smallville). TV shows tend to be more character and plot
I'm quite optimistic about this because it's quite interesting where things are heading.

On the one hand nin11 is right, we are already getting over saturated with comic book movies and I am getting sick and tired of CGI orgies in all these films. Then on the other hand I think it could be a good thing for comic book stories because they can delve a bit deeper and take their time with telling stories (think Breaking Bad, rather than Smallville). TV shows tend to be more character and plot orientated.

To put it another way, imagine if Breaking Bad was a film instead of a tv show. Walter White's transformation and character decay was awesome to watch over 6 years!
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7:12PM on 11/08/2013
Over saturation will lead to lesser quality product and then the demise of comic book based entertainment. Flooding the market with all these shows and characters in such quick succession will lead to a diluted product. I am already growing tired of the CGI orgy that are comic book based films and series so far. Any more will just further alienate people that are not FANBOYS. Altho there is nothing wrong with being a FANBOY, a tv series will not survive on just FANBOYS (See Firefly).
Over saturation will lead to lesser quality product and then the demise of comic book based entertainment. Flooding the market with all these shows and characters in such quick succession will lead to a diluted product. I am already growing tired of the CGI orgy that are comic book based films and series so far. Any more will just further alienate people that are not FANBOYS. Altho there is nothing wrong with being a FANBOY, a tv series will not survive on just FANBOYS (See Firefly).
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7:09PM on 11/08/2013

The best thing

is that they will be casting these roles.
I hope they don't call themselves "Defenders" though because that would be silly. Maybe Matt Murdock hires Luke Cage and Iron Fist to be body guards for a high profile client because he can't work the case and be Daredevil at the same time. Then they would be "Defenders" in the literal sense.
It would be even worse if they referred to themselves as "Marvel Knights". :/
is that they will be casting these roles.
I hope they don't call themselves "Defenders" though because that would be silly. Maybe Matt Murdock hires Luke Cage and Iron Fist to be body guards for a high profile client because he can't work the case and be Daredevil at the same time. Then they would be "Defenders" in the literal sense.
It would be even worse if they referred to themselves as "Marvel Knights". :/
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5:13PM on 11/08/2013
Bob Iger mentions an ABC show in development. Please, let it be The Hulk.
Bob Iger mentions an ABC show in development. Please, let it be The Hulk.
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5:07PM on 11/08/2013
Hope they can give these characters some awesome shows to prove their own. Don't get me wrong, I want to see the defenders, of course, but I hope that these characters can breathe just as well on their own. It kinda bums me out when they have to throw in other characters here and there.
Hope they can give these characters some awesome shows to prove their own. Don't get me wrong, I want to see the defenders, of course, but I hope that these characters can breathe just as well on their own. It kinda bums me out when they have to throw in other characters here and there.
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2:54PM on 11/08/2013

Smart

Marvel is really doing this correctly, why not see which if these characters "catch on" with main stream audience via this development deal and then make a movie from those characters. Marvel cannot spend $50-$250 million on films for every one of their characters, so this is a smart way to gauge interest and decide which characters deserve the big screen treatment. I am so impressed with the business savy and model that Marvel has built and I trust their decisions 100%. DC could learn a lot
Marvel is really doing this correctly, why not see which if these characters "catch on" with main stream audience via this development deal and then make a movie from those characters. Marvel cannot spend $50-$250 million on films for every one of their characters, so this is a smart way to gauge interest and decide which characters deserve the big screen treatment. I am so impressed with the business savy and model that Marvel has built and I trust their decisions 100%. DC could learn a lot from Marvel about playing the long game instead of trying to throw 4-5 major characters into a film that is supposed to be a sequel to Superman. Marvel has proven they have competent decision makers that care about their hardcore fans yet still making films that are hits with main stream audiences, while DC looks like the Washington Generals to Marvel's Globetrottters. I think nowhere is this more evident in the total confidence Marvel gets in their casting choices while every name DC floats out there is immediately criticized and ripped apart. DC really needs to get somebody to streamline their product and comeup with a 3-5 year plan that ends in a Justice League movie, instead it seems like they're making decisions as they go with no endgame or vision of how to properly build a cinematic universe with their characters.
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6:56PM on 11/08/2013
They are following the Marvel model by following up a successful movie (Iron Man / Man of Steel) with a sequel (Iron Man II / Batman versus Superman) that will lead to a team up (Avengers / Justice League).
They are following the Marvel model by following up a successful movie (Iron Man / Man of Steel) with a sequel (Iron Man II / Batman versus Superman) that will lead to a team up (Avengers / Justice League).
2:52PM on 11/08/2013
Even though I really would prefer seeing these characters in big blockbuster films, I'm warming up to this idea. I just hope they live up to the potential, and DD isn't some lame Law and Order type crap. Regardless, I think after there respective series, the "Defenders" should be a film, not miniseries. Then you could also have Doctor Strange and Hulk join the team (and Sub-Mariner if he gets back from Uni).
Even though I really would prefer seeing these characters in big blockbuster films, I'm warming up to this idea. I just hope they live up to the potential, and DD isn't some lame Law and Order type crap. Regardless, I think after there respective series, the "Defenders" should be a film, not miniseries. Then you could also have Doctor Strange and Hulk join the team (and Sub-Mariner if he gets back from Uni).
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3:01PM on 11/08/2013
This really is a shrewd business movie from a studio that has their house in order. DC needs to find a Joss type figure that can help build a cinematic universe and that is a fan and understands what the fans want to see. It feels like a bunch of generic movie executives are running the DC Film brand and they only want to turn a profit in the quickest way possible. Marvel has revolutionized the idea of an all encompassing cinematic universe and they are reaping the benefits with universal
This really is a shrewd business movie from a studio that has their house in order. DC needs to find a Joss type figure that can help build a cinematic universe and that is a fan and understands what the fans want to see. It feels like a bunch of generic movie executives are running the DC Film brand and they only want to turn a profit in the quickest way possible. Marvel has revolutionized the idea of an all encompassing cinematic universe and they are reaping the benefits with universal praise and $1 billion returns on every film they release. Good luck to DC because they have awesome characters and a vastly superior rouges gallery but I have zero confidence in the people handling their properties as of today.
4:51PM on 11/08/2013
DC needs Bruce Timm or Paul Dini to take over again. They really do
DC needs Bruce Timm or Paul Dini to take over again. They really do
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1:50PM on 11/08/2013
You all will probably disagree with this immensely, but I could see "Damage Control" as a series.
You all will probably disagree with this immensely, but I could see "Damage Control" as a series.
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1:46PM on 11/08/2013
I really want to see another big feature Daredevil film. If he has his own show, then great. But I would love to see what Marvel could do with bringing Daredevil back to the big screen.
I really want to see another big feature Daredevil film. If he has his own show, then great. But I would love to see what Marvel could do with bringing Daredevil back to the big screen.
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3:08PM on 11/08/2013
We need Carnahan's version of DD and we will be in business..it would be awesome if he directed an episode or two and was the overlooking angel to his series.
We need Carnahan's version of DD and we will be in business..it would be awesome if he directed an episode or two and was the overlooking angel to his series.
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