Admit it: You love Netflix. If you don’t, well, you should. Five years ago if you had told me that Netflix was TV, I would have thought that you had a very foggy understanding of what Netflix is. But now, Netflix is redefining how (and where) we watch our favorite television shows, and we couldn’t be more intrigued by the prospect of the recently announced Netflix-Marvel partnership.
Couple Netflix’s penchant for making an amazing television series with a Marvel license and you have yourself a wonderfully nerdy powerhouse called Flawed Heroes of Hell’s Kitchen. The 60-episode series will follow the arcs of four Marvel heroes, and will punctuate with a miniseries called “The Defenders.”
As the months leading up to this summer’s filming fly by, we’re sure to hear more about Flawed Heroes. For now, let’s unravel the few things we know that have us chomping at the bit.
1. Finally, a DC blockbuster without any mention of anyone with a -man suffix
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not making a point about feminism and comic book spin offs (as much as I always love to jump on that train). All I’m saying that there are a few Marvel characters who get a little too much play when it comes to screen time. There are great stories out there in the Marvelverse, is it too much to ask to see them come to life in a well-produced series? I’m so glad Netflix (and Disney/Marvel) don’t think so.
Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist will be the focal characters of Flawed Heroes, which is pretty refreshing considering the world of superhero blockbusters is littered with invincible, picture-perfect pretty boys.
2. Netflix has a pretty awesome track record
Taking the retrospective longview of Netflix’s history reveals series of bold, risky and arguably brilliant decisions that have changed entertainment forever with shows like the (not-for-kids) Orange is the New Black and House of Cards. We’re hoping they take whatever they’re spinning into that gold and spin some more.
3. This Series is Already Breaking Boundaries
As if it isn’t enough that Marvel president Alan Fine said that “this deal is unparallelled in scope and size,” it’s also the biggest film or television commitment in the history of New York State.
Fine said that filming the series in New York City proves that the producers are committed to “authenticity and excitement.” Wicked.