We Can Expect To See Marvel's Netflix Shows Debut "Roughly A Year" Apart
Earlier this week, word came out that Marvel's Daredevil would be available for streaming on Netflix beginning April 10th, 2015. But what about the addition Netflix shows in that Marvel deal, including AKA Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the team-up series The Defenders? When should we start getting excited about those?
You should think of it about as roughly a year. Some will roll in as early as eight months and others in 15 months apart, and basically what it is is we’re not trying to meet a fall programming schedule or trying to hit a grid number, so really we want to give the shows enough time.
Jessica Jones hasn't started production yet, so a lot happens from the first day on the set to the last day of production. So we want to give them enough room and enough time to make a great show, so I don’t want to set up a rigid timetable and deliver a show every eight months or every twelve months, but you should expect them about a year apart.
Since Netflix isn't beholden to traditional network schedules, it makes sense that they wouldn't necessarily be premiering their shows at the same time that normal shows would hit the airwaves. But one thing they likely are beholden to is the plans of Marvel Entertainment, and it's looking more and more like these street-level characters could eventually factor into the movies, especially The Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2, which hits on May 3rd, 2019. The Marvel Cinematic Universe will have a completely different feel at that point, and probably a completely different core group, so the idea of bringing in The Defenders to help battle Thanos in one last free-for-all seems exactly like the kind of forward-thinking that Marvel does so well.
But whatever happens in the MCU, this means we have a loose release schedule that looks something like this: Daredevil in 2015, Jessica Jones in 2016, Luke Cage hitting in 2017, Iron Fist in 2018, and then The Defenders in 2019.