Monday, November 11, 2013

Netflix and Marvel Unite



I was just thinking of things I wanted to talk about on Geexplosion.com. One topic concerned a list of my favorite low rent heroes getting live action treatment was at the top of the cue. Suddenly, I see this little blurb rocketing around the various news agencies.

Disney's Marvel and Netflix Join Forces to Develop Historic four Series Epic plus a Mini-Series Event ~ Marvel.com

Someone has been reading my mind. The partnership plans on creating a minimum of 4, 13 episode series to show as Netflix exclusives. The characters they have chosen are all part of the Hell’s Kitchen, New York gang created in the 70s. It will start with Daredevil, then Jessica Jones, finally Luke Cage, and Iron Fist.






I think it kinda sucks that apparently Power Man and Iron fist aren’t going to be Heroes for Hire. I mean, it remains to be seen, but if they are each given a series, it’s not likely they are going to be team up regularly. I have always liked the dynamic of Power Man/Luke Cage and Danny Rand/Iron Fist.They were such unlikely friends. An angry black man wearing a chain for a belt and a tiara in his hair and a mystical, master of the martial arts. It could only be better if they operated out of a movie theater... oh wait.... THEY DID! To draw upon two popular 70s genres - blaxplotation and chop socky kung fu was typical of Marvel at the time. But then to point out the fact by placing them in a theater that ran blaxplotation and kung fu films... I won't say it was genius because it wasn't but it was damn clever.



Some may think that Power Man and Iron Fist are dumb characters but remember it was within the pages of Iron Fist (IF #14 specifically) that Marvel's Sabretooth first appeared. Iron Fist beat him like Sabretooth owed him money. I don't know what this proves but it must be significant if I mentioned it.



The handling of Daredevil is going to be interesting. After so many people feel the movie was mucked up it will be difficult to cast the part and reminding people that the Daredevil had at least two or three good storylines.



As for Jessica Jones, I think I am not alone in saying, “Who?” I guess I know who she is in Marvel continuity (whatever that is at this point). She was/is a crappy superhero and character that had a baby with Luke Cage. At first I got excited because I saw the first name and thought it was Jessica Drew aka Spider Woman.



Not Jessica Jones!


No such luck.

Instead of a Jessica Jones fiasco I personally think they should have brought in another Power Man and Iron Fist creation e.g. Knight Wing Detective Agency. This Agency is owned by the katana master Colleen Wing and the bionic armed Misty Knight. This has some crossover potential and is potentially more interesting than a Z-list character like Jessica Jones.



Enough about the characters… this is a real game changer for Netflix. I imagine quite of it of blood was spilled in this sacrifice to whatever dark force would listen. Check out this statement:


This new original TV deal follows last year's landmark movie distribution deal through which, beginning with 2016 theatrically released feature films, Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run, live-action and animated movies from the Walt Disney Studios, including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature and Lucasfilm.  Netflix members can currently enjoy a wide range of Disney, ABC TV and Disney Channel films and shows across the 41 countries where Netflix operates.


Let me repeat this part because it bears repeating…



Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run, live-action and animated movies from the Walt Disney Studios, including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature and Lucasfilm.



Like I said – game changing.



I imagine now would be a good time to invest in Netflix Stock. Based on this announcement alone it appears that Netflix stock has gone up about 10% in the last week.



Unfortunately, I don’t think the shows will be very good. At least not good enough to satisfy the hardcore comic fans, but I think mediocre is good enough to make them last. And, sadly, it’s better than nothing. Right?

There goes the theater!


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