The Wall Street Journal has reported that a deal has been closed between Marvel Studios and Netflix to film 60 one-hour episodes – spread across five connecting series – in the city of New York.
Describing the project as ‘Marvel’s flawed heroes of Hell’s Kitchen‘, there will be four based around individual characters – Daredevil will kick things off in 2015, followed by Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, and finally a concluding Defenders show will bring all the heroes together. It’s a huge and ambitious project, given how much of a logistical nightmare shooting in such a dense and busy city, but one that promises to bring roughly 3000 jobs to the NY state (including 400 that are full-time); so desperate was that city of close the deal that it created a special tax incentive, rumoured to be around $4 million in total, to reel Marvel in.
The original deal between the comics giant and Netflix was announced last November, as part of a huge signing between the two companies, which also gives Netflix exclusive first-play options on all new releases from the Walt Disney Studios, including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature and Lucasfilm from 2016.
It’s an exciting prospect for comics fans, to see these Avenger-lite-level characters be given a stage; it’s a huge win for Netflix, who seem to strengthen the stranglehold their empire has on the subscription industry; it’s a massive win for New York, creating an economic boon and the kind of tourism PR for the already renowned destination that money can’t buy (well, maybe $4mil can). It seems like everybody wins here.
Except NBC. This is a second kick in the teeth their proposed ‘Heroes‘ reboot has gotten in a week, since the announcement was made and the internet responded somewhere between a guffaw and a shrug. Who’s going to tune in to watch now when they can see the real deal?