Disney and Netflix are teaming up to stream at least four original series based on Marvel characters
such as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. These shows will start streaming in 2015.
In a joint announcement released Thursday, November 7, Disney and Netflix revealed that the four thirteen-episode series will culminate in a miniseries titled "The Defenders". Apt to its title, the miniseries "reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters."
The project comes on the heels of a deal that gives Netflix exclusive rights to stream Disney films in premium TV channel starting 2016. It is also by far Marvel's most ambitious project in live-action development.
"This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel's brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling. Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel's specialty," Marvel Entertainment president, Alan Fine, said in a statement.
"This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in what's sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure."
Meanwhile, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said, "Marvel's movies, such as Iron Man and Marvel's The Avengers, are huge favorites on our service around the world. Like Disney, Marvel is a known and loved brand that travels. With House of Cards and our other original series, we have pioneered new approaches to storytelling and to global distribution and we're thrilled to be working with Disney and Marvel to take our brand of television to new levels with a creative project of this magnitude."