While Marvel Studios tends to lay out scheduling plans for its movies on a phase by phase basis, Netflix has played things a little closer to the chest with its television series, but yesterday at the TCA press tour, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos offered a loosely drawn picture of when fans should expect new series to debut and favorite series to return.
Sarandos confirmed that Luke Cage will premiere on Sept. 30, making it Netflix’s second Marvel series this year, following Daredevil Season 2. Marvel’s Iron Fist and Marvel’s Defenders will both premiere in 2017, and Jessica Jones Season 2 will premiere back-to-back with The Defenders. Production on Daredevil Season 2 spinoff The Punisher will commence sometime after Jessica Jones Season 2. However, Jessica Jones Season 2, The Punisher, and Daredevil Season 3 won’t be released on Netflix until at least 2018.
The announcement of The Punisher spinoff adds an interesting wrinkle to Netflix’s Marvel plans since it is the first new series announced in addition to the four solo series and The Defenders crossover that formed the original deal with Marvel. It remains to be seen if this addition to the schedule will cause Netflix to increase their Marvel production from two series a year to three series a year. There’s also the question of The Punisher’s involvement in The Defenders. Frank Castle was excluded from the teaser for the crossover series, and when asked about the character’s inclusion, Sandos only offered a, “Stay tuned.”
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In addition to the Marvel’s The Defenders teaser, Netflix also released at Comic-Con International: San Diego a new trailer for Marvel’s Luke Cage, the first footage from Marvel’s Iron Fist, and an announcement teaser for Marvel’s Daredevil Season 3.
Meanwhile, io9 is reporting the news that many fans were NOT hoping to hear, and that is how Netflix has decided to pass on picking up the recently canceled ABC series Agent Carter, despite a very strong petition campaign for the streaming service to provide a new home for everyone’s female S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. After all, it made sense—Netflix was already home to other Marvel shows. And now we know the reason the company didn’t pick up the show.
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos told Entertainment Weekly that Netflix is focusing on having its own original content. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and the rest are Marvel shows that Netflix has owned from the beginning.
Even if it got over that hurdle, the real problem was that ABC/Marvel had already made complicated international deals, which would prevent Netflix from having complete control over Agent Carter, worldwide.
“They also have some output deal complexities,” Sarandos said. “So when you pick it up, being able to pick it up globally is difficult even after it’s canceled. Some of those output partners still had it on the air, so they would argue its covered by their output [deals]. Unfortunately, it was a business decision more than a creative one.”
Are you excited about the release schedule for the Marvel/Netflix shows? Are you hoping that we will start to see more crossovers from one show to the other? What about the news regarding Agent Carter? Did Netflix make the right decision in not picking that series up?
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