Yep, today Marvel and Disney announced four separate miniseries starring some of the company’s most popular “street level” heroes – Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones.
Y’all know who DD is. Y’probably know who Iron Fist is via Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 and many may know Luke Cage as a recent frontman for Bendis’ reign on the various Avengers books. But Jessica Jones? WELL!
She also sprang from Bendis’ 2000s efforts, beginning with Alias #1 – no relation to the once-popular show. She grew up surrounded by superheroes and either idolized or romanticized about them… and then one day radiation flies all over her and blah blah blah she gets some boilerplate powers. BUT the cool thing is that after years of so-so heroin’, she gives up and instead decides to run a detective / private eye business. So yeah, an interesting character to put on TV.
And that’s the real reason this rocks – none of these characters really merit a movie. That is to say, they work much better as lower budget, gritty, “atmosphere” outings than overblown and massively budgeted fracases. More importantly though, who will play all these characters?
Oh yeah, the real surprise is that after these four miniseries run their course (13 episodes, presumably carpet-bombed onto Netflix a la Arrested Development) they’ll all join forces in The Defenders. Which is interesting for two potentially contradictory reasons.
1) Defenders are a team of “misfits,” more or less, usually not having a real team dynamic and refreshing its roster quite often.
2) Even though the team is very loose, Dr Strange has just about always been a figurehead, along with Namor and Silver Surfer. Hulk sometimes, too.
So it’s interesting because while this new Defenders team really is a bunch of solo acts that typically work alone (save Iron Fist and Luke Cage – “Heroes for Hire”) – there’s no mention of Strange, Namor or the Surfer. Either way, exciting stuff and VERY COOL news for the future. With SHIELD, the movies and now Netflix shows all inhabiting the same world, we are so very very close to seeing the entire Marvel U represented in some way – and it all connects.
Now just gimme a good god damn Ghost Rider!