Marvel’s Netflix deal surprised the Hell’s Kitchen out of fans this week, with the promise of four original shows based on Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage beginning in 2015, as a lead-up to a Defenders crossover miniseries. But just because these street-level superheroes are premiering on the streaming service doesn’t mean they won’t wind up on the big-screen one day.
“Marvel has thousands of characters … and it is not possible to mine them all with filmed entertainment,” Disney’s Jay Rasulo said of the Netflix deal during a conference call with shareholders. “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.”
If the numbers stack up the way Marvel and Disney are expecting and hoping, then, it’s entirely possible that Matt Murdock, Danny Rand and the rest of the characters involved in their circle could make it into theaters. Then again, there’s something to be said about having the Marvel Cinematic Universe as its own entity, with an entirely different tone and quality (if not continuity) taking place in a different live-action venue, isn’t there?
(via Bleeding Cool)