What The Hell's Kitchen?! We're Getting Four More Live-Action Marvel TV Series Including Daredevil.
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What The Hell's Kitchen?! We're Getting Four More Live-Action Marvel TV Series Including Daredevil.

By Joanna Robinson | Trade News | November 7, 2013 | Comments ()


Disney/Marvel and Netflix announced a deal today that would bring about four new live action comic book series that would culminate in an over-arching mini-series that brings all four plots together. So, basically, this is a low-rent version of the Avengers conglomerate led by none other than The Man With No Fear Matt Murdock aka Daredevil. So Daredevil is the Iron Man of this franchise and the other three series will follow Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist and all deal with the grimy underworld of Hell’s Kitchen. The programming starts in 2015 so somewhere around 2020 or so we’ll get the mini-series called The Defenders about all four characters. I think it’s pretty bold of Marvel to tip their entire plan but, then again, they’re getting Too Big To Fail. Marvel is everywhere now. Don’t look now, they’re in your coffee cup. Here, for reference, are Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.



Reached for comment on whether he’d reprise his role as Daredevil for the Netflix series, Ben Affleck reportedly said, “Go f*ck yourself.”

(via PRNewsWire)

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  • Daniel Lewis

    Let's cast the Daredevil show! Who should play Daredevil, Foggy Nelson, Kingpin, Elektra, Stick and Karen Page.

  • Ben

    oh dear fucking christ. This is going to be amazing.

  • John W

    So Jessica Jones gets a show before Wonder Woman?

    What do you think about that Hourman?

    "That's some f*cked up sh*t man."

  • logan

    I'd like to think Affleck actually said "Argo fuck yourself".

  • foolsage

    Exactly so. I'm guessing Joanna hasn't seen "Argo", because I can't imagine she'd miss that golden opportunity.

  • StefJam

    Come on get it right. He actually said: "Arrrr...go fuck yerself"

  • Daniel Lewis

    Tahmoh Penikett for Daredevil, please and thank you.

  • Daniel Lewis

    or Jensen Ackles

  • foolsage

    Agreed; he does excellent voice work and would fit well. He was a great Jason Todd in "Batman: Under the Red Hood".

  • Green Lantern

    I'm there. Totes Magotes.

  • Daniel Valentin

    This is friggin' EPIC. First of all, they picked four VERY awesome characters that are not overexposed like other Marvel properties. Second, the characters have a lot of good chemistry with each other, yet stand on their own as well. Third, every show could be a different genre! Here's how it'd break down:

    -Daredevil: Courtroom drama by day, gritty vigilante drama by night. If they go for the long-format hour show, then we'd both get the chance to see Matt Murdock's prowess as a lawyer and his importance as Hell's Kitchen's protector as Daredevil.

    -Luke Cage: Gangsta-style crime drama with loads of black humor. They have to show Luke Cage as a man who came from humble-if-dishonest roots and come on top as a hero of the people. Hell, the entire concept of him and Iron Fist's comic book, Heroes For Hire, is that they were heroes accessible to the common Joe, unlike the high-and-mighty Avengers. Plus, the show could be the sleeper hit of the bunch if it also pays homage to its blaxploitation roots.

    -Jessica Jones: Private eye crime drama. Jessica Jones is a fascinating character in that she used to be a small-time hero who quit the biz after HORRIFIC trauma(we're talking Breaking Bad-level harshness here, folks), and decided to use her powers instead in the field of private investigation. Her origin also has ties to S.H.I.E.L.D., so there's definite crossover potential with Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. there.

    -Iron Fist: Martial arts chop-socky. If the also go into the history of the Iron Fist, it'd also be an awesome Chinese period drama-type show.

    Whoever came up with this concept is a genius, we know just need to cross our fingers and hope it pays off. This has potential to be an incredible project, one even more ambitious than the Avengers was.

  • foolsage

    I couldn't agree more. Iron Fist needs to be full on wuxia though, with heavy emphasis on the crossover between martial arts and magic. Cameo appearances by Shang-Chi and Dr. Strange are appropriate. Well, and Power Man, in time, because those two are a great team as you noted. That's not a cameo though; those series both need to have crossovers and continual guest appearances by each other.



  • Adam Borden

    LOVE THIS... But can you really call yourselves the Defenders without Doc Strange, Namor or Hulk on your team? I'm fairly certain none of them besides Luke Cage has been a Defender before...

  • foolsage

    Agreed. Hopefully this will be a good opportunity for Marvel to do test runs of Dr. Strange and the Sub-Mariner, prior to inclusion in later films. We already know that Ruffalo-Hulk is wonderful on screen.

  • Allow me to be the contrarian: I think that this is a great idea. None of these properties are big enough to merit the full Marvel movie treatment (as we saw with Daredevil). But TV adventures ought to fit them better since their villains are primarily of the human variety and their powers (while outlandish) are not impossible to do on TV.

    Hey, at least it can't be worse than Agents of SHIELD.

  • Helo

    I think this is the PERFECT outlet for some of these stories. Daredevil, in particular, if they go with the authentic Serpico vibe that Carnahan was after with that sizzle reel.

  • Snath

    This tickles me in my happy place.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Hijacking this comment thread to suggest everyone IMMEDIATELY go listen to the most recent episode of "How Did This Get Made?" June *genuinely* loved the movie "Daredevil". The mind. it boggles.

  • Daniel Lewis

    I can get someone who had never heard of the character before enjoying the movie.

  • psemophile

    Sorry. This business sounds most exciting.

  • John W


  • Ryan Ambrose

    "Ben Affleck reportedly said, “Go f*ck yourself.”"

    Correction: Ben Affleck reportedly said, "GO FACK YOURSELF".

    The Adventures of Southie Batman will never get old.

  • bastich

    I thought we would have just whispered menacingly "I'm Batman" and have done with it.

  • Daniel Lewis

    Is Guy Pearce too old to play Daredevil? I submit he is not.

  • Ian Fay

    Hell yes!

    BRB, off to re-read Alias.

  • JoannaRobinson

    I was about to ask… One of my friends gave me Alias to read a while back. Which other series should we read to familiarize ourselves with these particular characters, comic book nerditos?

  • fracas

    I agree with all of these suggestions. Also, after you've read Alias, if you want to continue reading Luke and Jessica's story, read New Avengers. It's also by Bendis, and also good. The only downside to New Avengers is that it's hard to read by itself because it ties pretty heavily into the big Marvel events that were happening throughout its run.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    I would read:

    ALIAS by Bendis and Gaydos is the introduction of Jessica Jones and the current interpretation of Luke Cage (that's really where he was revamped from being a '70s blacksploitation character to a more serious, dare I say interesting character)

    IMMORTAL IRON FIST by Fraction, Brubaker, and Aja for a great intro to Danny Rand (I'd never read an Iron Fist story before that and I loved it, plus the art is phenomenal)

    DAREDEVIL by the teams of Bendis/Maleev and Brubaker/Lark (one run leads into the next and it's all pretty great)

    I feel like none of these books is all that superhero-y and they all really complement each other well.

  • Ian Fay

    Yeah, the Alias collection, definitely.

    Daredevil, I'd start with something like Born Again. It's Frank Miller before he went crazy.

    I don't know Power Man / Iron Fist all that well, sadly. I'm sure other will know.

  • Daniel Lewis

    Bendis, Brubaker and Waid all had recent runs on Daredevil that are fantastic

  • Daniel Lewis

    Heroes for Hire on Cage and Iron Fist.

  • Daniel Lewis

    Also, Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction's run on Iron Fist is amazing.

  • TK

    Ed Brubaker is the guest on this week's HDTGM podcast, and they did the Daredevil movie and it is fucking superb. He's hilarious.

  • DC can't even make a good movie outside of Chris Nolan's Dark Knight series.

    Marvel is making live-action shows for Jessica Jones & Luke Cage.

    I think we all know who wins this one.

  • JoannaRobinson

    How iron clad do we think Terry Crews' Brooklyn Nine-Nine contract is?

  • Guest

    FVCKING IRON CLAD. Why the Brooklyn Nine - Nine hate?

    I want B99 to last long enough for Sergeant Jeffords to become Commissioner Jeffords.

  • Ben

    It's not that we hate B99, it's that Terry Crewes was fucking born to play Powerman

  • NateMan

    I like it, but want someone just a bit younger for Cage.

  • Joe Grunenwald


  • Daniel Lewis

    Ok we have to start talking about casting. Terry Crews is Luke Cage, right?

  • BlackRabbit

    Why not Taye Diggs? Or have him be a supervillain. There's not a lot of well-known black superbaddies, are there?

  • Daniel Lewis

    There's an obscure Ethiopian arms dealer named Moses Magnum who can create earthquakes and is super strong.

  • BlackRabbit

    Exactly who I was think of. There's some Black Panther baddies, too, but then you'd have to bring him in as well.

  • kushiro -

    I vote for Michael Jai White.

  • Dennis Albert Ramirez

    all the way

  • Daniel Lewis

    This would work as well.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Jinx, kid.

  • Daniel Lewis

    This is the best thing I've ever heard

  • Joe Grunenwald

    This has the potential to be INSANELY cool. Plus, Jessica Jones is the greatest. A superhero PI show? YES PLEASE.


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