Sunday, April 27, 2014

Marvel's Netflix Series Connected to Cinematic Universe

Daredevil meeting Phil Coulson?  It could happen.

Speaking with Kevin Smith on the Fat Man on Batman podcast, Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada provided more details on the four Marvel series coming to Netflix starting in 2015.  It seems Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage will indeed be connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe featured in Marvel films and on the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series on ABC.

"There will be some interconnectivity, much like the movies," said Quesada. "They will exist within the cinematic universe again, so this is all the same world as S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers."

However, the tone of these four series won't be what we've seen so far in films and on television.  "Although these are superhero stories, this is different now," Quesada remarked.  "This is the street level…This is the street level noir side of the Marvel Universe.  Something that you haven’t really, really seen in any of our Marvel movies, and probably more ground level, than I think you’ve seen.  This is not like us doing Batman, Dark Knight or any of that stuff.  This is very Marvel doing street level superheroes."

He added, "The scripts are coming in.  They are pretty fantastic.  They’re really emotional. They’re very, very original.  But at the same time, it's Daredevil.  It's Matt Murdock.  We will eventually, hopefully start casting really, really soon, but I’m very, very excited about it."

And for those of us who are hoping to binge-watch each series right away as you do a new season of Netflix's House of Cards, Quesada confirmed that yes, the entire season will be posted at the same time.  "You’re going to get all these episodes, and you can binge watch them however you want, and then binge watch them again."

On the subject of filming, Quesada remarked how glad he is about using areas of Brooklyn and Long Island City as the locations.  "We’re shooting in New York," he said.  "That’s the fantastic thing about it is that we’re shooting at home.  We’re shooting where these characters belong.  These stories take place in Hell’s Kitchen."

"It thrills me to no end to have these things happening in New York," he added.  "That alone is going to give it an incredible vibe.  It’s just once again…It’s like Marvel taking ownership of New York, saying this is where we’re from, this is our universe, this is where it started."  Describing the setting for Daredevil, Quesada said, "It smells of dark alley, vomit, and piss."

And lastly, which villain will Daredevil be facing off against in his series?  The Kingpin?  Bullseye?  The Owl?  "I’m not going to say who the villain is in our story," said Quesada.

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