We've been waiting patiently for any news after the huge Marvel/Netflix announcement about their plans for The Defenders series of TV episodes.
We knew the characters involved would be Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist. We knew a few of the Defenders writers: Drew Goddard would be scripting Daredevil while Melissa Rosenberg would be handling Jessica Jones. And that was about it, until Marvel announced the press conference that was to be held in New York.
At the conference, Governor Andrew Cuomo was joined by Disney CEO Robert Iger and Marvel CCO Joe Quesada as they announced that all four of the series, as well as the Defenders mini-series would be filmed in New York.
The announcement that the series will film in New York is a huge relief, as so much of what makes these characters who are they are is their New York heritage, and particularly the area of Hell’s Kitchen. And the excitement to have these 60 hour-long episodes filmed in Marvel’s premiere superhero city had everyone at the conference clearly elated.
“New York is where the entertainment industry started, and this unprecedented commitment from Disney and Marvel is further evidence that we’re bringing it back bigger and better than ever before,” Governor Cuomo stated. “And when the entertainment industry thrives, it fuels dozens of other industries and businesses. The competition for these projects is fierce and Disney could have chosen to film these shows anywhere, but they knew that shooting in New York means getting to work with the best in world. These shows bring New York’s superheroes home where they belong – along with hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in new business.”
“Since 2008 Disney has directly contributed almost half a billion dollars to New York’s economy through television and film production, along with approximately 9,000 jobs for New Yorkers,” said Robert Iger. “The Governor’s policies make this great state a more affordable and attractive location, opening the door for even greater economic investment and job creation for New Yorkers. Our Marvel series for Netflix will inject millions directly into the local economy and create hundreds of new jobs.”
Also at the conference was Alan Fine, President of Marvel Entertainment, who wanted to “thank the Governor and the great state of New York for helping us create the ultimate backdrop to this epic series. Setting our production in New York City truly underscores the authenticity and excitement we plan to bring to The Defenders and their ‘flawed heroes of Hell’s Kitchen’ stories.”
Marvel Studios is really taking a huge step in their television programming, committing to 52 one-hour long episodes, which would all lead up to the 4-8 episode mini-series event. The Defenders Initiative (has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?) will try to replicate the cinematic success of The Avengers on the small screen, and filming is slated to begin summer 2014 with Daredevil said to be the first series we see in 2015.
We can hardly contain our excitement for these series here, and this news only increased the anticipation. If you were on the fence originally, does the announcement of New York filming influence your opinions on the TV shows? Sound off in the comments section below!
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