Yesterday, we reported to you the rather interesting news that Marvel is looking to expand its television empire by giving some Not Ready For Cinematic Bigtime Players (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones) four of their own 13-episode TV shows on Netflix over the course of the next few years, with the four shows to culminate, Avengers-style, in a superhero super-group show called The Defenders. And now it turns out that the Netflix shows may be the testing grounds for future films for the characters, and that ABC is getting another superhero show in addition to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
/Film reports that during the a Disney earnings conference call, Senior Executive VP and CFO of The Walt Disney Company Jay Rasulo, let slip the fact that Daredevil and company may be making the leap to the big screen:
Marvel has thousands of characters…and it is not possible to mine them all with filmed entertainment. While these characters are attractive characters they are not among the most popular… it’s not likely we would have made feature films about them…though if they are popular on Netflix, they could become feature films.
Further, he noted that “we’ve got a good show in S.H.I.E.L.D. and another one being developed for ABC”—meaning that, in addition to their dominion of the world’s box office, and soon-to-be dominion of Netflix, Marvel will be tossing Disney another show, hopefully one a little less bland than S.H.I.E.L.D.
What do you think of the Marvel news?