13 Nov, 2013

MARVEL TV – Taking over, one screen at a time.

Posted by Raphael in Opinion

Marvel Entertainment is going to conquer the world… the entertainment world, that is. Between the movies, cartoons and comics, Marvel pretty much controls a large portion of the entertainment market.

Then Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. debuted, and while the series has been unsteady, it’s another finger in another pie for Marvel.

That all changed very recently. More after the break.

This past Thursday, Marvel and Netflix announced an epic, unprecedented deal the two companies have struck: Four series are being produced for the DVD by Mail/Digital Streaming magnate, starring Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones. Each character will get a 13 episode block, which all leads up to a miniseries event: Marvel’s the Defenders.

This announcement is unprecedented in that Marvel is doing finite runs for each character. Sure, there have been series that had a predetermined amount of episodes, but FOUR? Add on top of that the fact that Netflix is going to be carrying these, as opposed to a traditional broadcast/cable network, and we may be seeing a bold paradigm shift in how people receive their entertainment.

There are concerns of course: what kind of budget will these shows have, what will the casts look like, will they go with established actors or relative unknowns? And then there’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D….

The show has not been as good as expected, as fans seem to be lukewarm or cautiously optimistic. I for one think the show’s been picking up momentum, but is still finding it’s way. The show is a unique entity: a spin-off of a successful movie, with none of it’s major players involved at all, which is almost the opposite of Joss Whedon’s experience on Buffy (the TV show has undoubtedly overshadowed the original film). There’s room for growth in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and depending on what Marvel does, I can see these Netflix shows carrying on the quality that Marvel has put into their movies.

What we DO know for sure about these Netflix exclusives is that the roll-out will happen slowly, over the course of a few years. With Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: Winter Soldier in the pipeline, and Thor: The Dark World in theaters currently, Marvel is indeed in a position to own your eyeballs.

So what did you think of the announcement? What other heroes would you like to see on the big (or small) screen? Doctor Strange perhaps? T’Challa? Leave a comment and let’s get a discussion going.

That’s it for now, until next time—

Raph

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