It doesn't matter what end of the spectrum you reside on. Whether you consider yourself a Marvel person, a DC person, a fan of family-friendly titles, or a devourer of mature content, someone who roots for heroes, or the kind of person who cheers on villains...practically everyone can agree that the marriage between Marvel and Netflix has been a huge win for every kind of viewer. Something about the environment that Netflix President Ted Sarandos has created for producers has allowed them to create some fantastic series.
DAREDEVIL, JESSICA JONES, with LUKE CAGE, IRON FIST, THE DEFENDERS, and THE PUNISHER on the way.
So what could make the Marvel/Netflix relationship even more exciting? What if they were able to cut down the dead zone between seasons/series? It's a problem very unique to Netflix's release style- where they upload every episode of a given season at the same time. It allows for people to binge on a series within a day or two, instead of watching them once a week over a course of three months. So when Netflix has one Marvel series drop in March, and then another in November, those eight months really do feel like forever.
Well, Sarandos feels our pain. At the Television Critics Association press tour yesterday, the Netflix honcho was asked if the network would consider upping the number of shows per year. They currently do two Marvel shows per year, and someone had the gall to ask if they'd ever move up to five. "I doubt that we could produce at the quality that they produce at that speed," Sarandos explained. "But we’re gonna try to make them quicker so we can get less downtime between them."
If we read between the lines here, it sounds like his response implies the addition of at least one other series per year. Because what's the use of "less downtime" if it's still just two per year? So it definitely appears that Netflix and Marvel are thinking of cranking out more shows, faster.
As for the shows currently on the lineup, Sarandos says Netflix has "Luke Cage upcoming and then Iron Fist and then Defenders, and then we'll start slotting the second and third seasons of the shows that are upcoming, [but we] haven’t gone beyond that yet."
Keep it right here at LRM for a follow-up to this report, which will feature an outline of Netflix/Marvel's plans for THE PUNISHER.
Are you psyched to get more Marvel goodness at a quicker pace? Are you as fascinated as I am that Netflix basically just wants to spoil us instead of, say, going to a more standard weekly episodic structure that wouldn't put the onus on them to create more content faster? Also something to think about: At the rate that Marvel is creating content- between movies, series on ABC and Netflix, and the one-offs they sometimes include on home releases, how long until Marvel/Disney announces their own streaming service? Would you pay $6.99 a month for an all-Marvel streaming network? Discuss.