Marvel Universe B-listers Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage are headed to Netflix, but not before coming to New York City on a $200 million ticket paid for by Disney. The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger today announced at a joint press conference with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that the Mouse House will film its Netflix-exclusive Marvel Defenders project primarily on the streets and soundstages of Hell’s Kitchen and NYC at large.
Over the next three years, Variety reports Disney is expected to spend nearly a quarter billion dollars filming four series – one for each of the aforementioned superheroes – containing 13 episodes a piece. Disney will also cap off the quartet with a kind of Junior Varsity version of The Avengers dubbed The Defenders, a four to eight episode mini-series with an ensemble cast comprised of all four fighters of crime.
“The Defenders are classic New York characters; smart, resourceful and tough enough to always stand up for what’s right,” said Netflix’s Cheif Content Officer, Ted Sarandos in a statement. “We’re delighted they’re coming to life on their home turf thanks to Governor Cuomo and his team.”
Daredevil is the first series of the project set to debut and will be available to Netflix subscribers sometime in 2015.