From Punisher to Jessica Jones: Netflix outlines plans for Marvel series
James R | On 29, Jul 2015
Update: Netflix has since released the official logo for Marvel’s Jessica Jones, which you can see below.
Netflix has outlined some of its plans for its growing collection of Marvel series.
The team-up between Netflix and Marvel has already proven a huge success, with the premiere of Daredevil earlier this year enjoying huge acclaim from both critics and fans. The series, though, is just the start of Marvel’s move to build an entire world around Hell’s Kitchen on the streaming service, with shows following Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage all in the pipeline, leading up to a crossover miniseries about The Defenders.
Speaking at its dedicated day during America’s TV press tour, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos, confirmed that things were moving full steam ahead, with plans to release 475 hours of original content this year. One of those will be Marvel’s Jessica Jones, which will arrive in the fourth quarter of 2015.
The series, starring Krysten Ritter and David Tennant, will be the second super hero Netflix show of the year. Indeed, Sarandos confirmed that the idea is to release a new show every six months.
Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage, leading up to a miniseries about the Defenders.
“Then, they will cross over and do a combined season [The Defenders] once we’ve launched the first season of each of the four characters,” he told the press (reported by Collider). “Some will selectively have multiple seasons, as they come out. The cadence of it, though, we believe, will probably be about two launches a year.”
One of the two set for 2016, of course, will be Daredevil’s second season, which will feature Jon Bernthal as The Punisher. With so many characters spinning off and crossing over, could The Punisher get his own standalone outing?
“It is possible for sure. That’s the beauty of the Marvel universe,” said Sarandos, later, also noting that the Netflix MCU characters “could spin out into films too”.
How violent will their take on Punisher be? Daredevil Season 1 showrunner Steven DeKnight said it was “doubtful” that it would be as violent as War Zone – “That was pretty violent” – but also pointed out that Daredevil wasn’t as violent as people thought.
“I always say it was more implied, it wasn’t nearly as violent as The Walking Dead, a show that I love, because for them, if somebody would have crushed somebody’s head in a car door, you would have seen the head crush on screen.”
He also added that he felt Daredevil was snubbed by the Emmys for the series’ stuntwork. “It’s the only one that really surprised me and I was really upset about… for Daredevil not to be nominated in stunts felt like an insane oversight. “That’s not to take anything away from the people who were nominated, but.. that fight scene at the end of episode 2 in the hallway, it just lit up the internet.”
DeKnight, as we already know, has stepped down from his role for Season 2 of Daredevil – his job on the new run, as he puts it, is to “have two pom-poms [and] wave them very frantically” – but he’s told the new showrunners that he’s around if they have questions.
Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg has already picked his brains, she revealed at the event. She also outlined the differences between the shows:
“Jessica Jones is a very different show than Daredevil. We exist in the cinematic universe. The mythology of the universe is connected, but they look very different. Tonally, they’re very different. If you pick up Bendis’s graphic novel, Alias, and you pick up Daredevil, they’re wildly different.”
She also praised Ritter, who doesn’t wear a mask like Charlie Cox did in Daredevil.
“Daredevil has an outfit. Charlie Cox can get a break once in a while. My show is called Jessica Jones. There is no mask,” she commented. “Krysten Ritter is the hardest working actress in the ‘biz.”