Over the past week I have been doing an insane amount of posts regarding DC. Dark Knight Trilogy reviews, Wonder Woman photo reviews, Batman vs. Superman teaser reviews (feel free to check those out…), but there wasn’t a lot of MAJOR Marvel news coming out of Comic-Con. Before you all jump at me, yes I know there was an Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, which I have not seen. I also know that a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy was announced, which I’ll talk about in my Guardians of the Galaxy review on Thursday. I also know that Joaquin Phoenix is probably Doctor Strange, but until I get confirmation, no thanks. This piece of news, however, is confirmed and it’s something that I think is very interesting in general.
So a few months back it was announced that Disney and Netflix were teaming up to bring us four (4) new Netflix shows based on Marvel superheroes (or superhero teams) which would be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first of these is a show based on the superhero Daredevil who has only been on screen before in 2004’s Ben Affleck-starring Daredevil (piece of crap). Since that was the turd that it was, it was only a matter of time before Marvel tried to reboot it, and I think a serialized platform is the way to go with this character. Superheroes on TV are starting to takeover superheroes in movies because there are so many more stories to tell, TV is a better way of telling them. Plus, Agents of Shield wasn’t anyone’s favorite show, so Marvel had to find a way to get back in the game, and a superhero at the focus was a great choice, especially Daredevil who many fans already know about.
The choice they made was launch new shows on Netflix, and Netflix is the place to air shows nowadays. It gives a lot of programs chances, and to have a studio like Marvel come to you is impressive, I mean, it’s great for Marvel too. Almost everyone has a Netflix now and it (along with other digital platforms) is becoming the way to watch content conveniently. It was a great business decision, regardless of the character. Just a little side-note…
But going back to the Marvel Universe, they now have a point over DC because their television shows are incorporated into their expanded universe. Mr. DC Movies came out just in the past week and said that their movies were one universe and their TV shows were another. And that’s kind of a bummer because it would have been the one original idea that DC had over Marvel in the expanded universe game!
And continuing with this Marvel Universe talk, I discussed in my Phase Three post that Phase Three is Marvel blending genres impeccably. They have Ant-Man, which will be more comedic; Doctor Strange, which will be more horror and supernatural based; Captain America 3, which will be like a political thriller; and Thor 3 which will be fantasy-esque. Now think of a Netflix-based Daredevil. Let me explain. As you guys know, you must pay for Netflix, so many of its shows are mature, internet shows. If you take an R-rated Netflix hero and incorporate him into future Avengers movies, how great would that be? I know that the show is currently only planned through a first season and a Defenders mini-series, but imagine if they all really take off? There are four of these shows planned and a Defenders mini-series. I’m guessing they (including the mini-series) could all be wrapped by 2017/2018. So imagine if Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist all show up at the end of Avengers 3 with Ant-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Hulk, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Doctor Strange and the Guardians of the Galaxy? Best movie ever right!? They’re all taking on Thanos and it’s epic and the music is roaring and it’s awesome.
I guess I had all these thoughts when all of the series were first announced, but now that the first one actually has a release date, I’m even more confident the Marvel Cinematic Universe will continue to blossom well into the future.
So guys, those are my thoughts on the Daredevil project coming to Netflix and how it may incorporate into the MCU. Who do you guys think would be a good superhero to see on TV or Netflix? Let me know down below! And as always, thanks for reading guys.