The Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to get even bigger. Whilst Phase Three of the MCU is set to kick off officially next year, Netflix have been quietly putting together the puzzle pieces for their own additions to the stable of Marvel heroes.
Following the two films a year schedule Marvel have operated on with their big screen outings (a schedule which will be ramping up to three a year for periods of Phase Three), Netflix head honcho Ted Sarandos has confirmed at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour that we can expect to see an outing of each of its own ambitious shows based on Marvel characters every six months. What began earlier this year with the excellent Daredevil will continue on late in 2015 with Jessica Jones, starring Krystin Ritter.
Following Jessica Jones we can look forward to Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, as well as a return to the small screen for Charlie Cox's Daredevil, before it all culminates in an Avengers style team series, The Defenders. It's pretty inevitable that we'll also be seeing plenty of crossovers between the characters and their shows, but what remains to be seen is if/how they will interact and link to Marvel's big hitters on the silver screen, or even perhaps ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Ted Sarandos, the Netflix Chief Content Officer, had the following beans to spill on the project:
“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 “Defender” group. And then they will cross over do a combined season once we’ve launched the first season of each of the four characters. And they will some will selectively have multiple seasons and as they come out. The cadence of it, though, we believe, will probably be about two launches a year.”
It's a good time to be a Marvel fan!