Five years ago, Netflix and Marvel made headlines when they announced plans for five new TV series – “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist” and the one-off limited series “The Defenders”. The pair were later joined by a fifth in the form of “The Punisher”.
Initially acclaimed, the five individual series are still going but the critical shine given to the first seasons of “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones” and the first half of “Luke Cage” has since worn off. Even so, the shows remain popular on the service and so the question becomes, will there be more?
Netflix VP original content Cindy Holland was asked such a question at the TCA’s this week and says: “There’s always an ongoing discussion about spinning off additional characters into additional properties. I don’t have anything to share.”
Holland says while they haven’t announced a third season premiere date for “Daredevil” as yet, she calls it a “real return to form in my view” in the wake of a mixed response to the show’s second season. Holland confirms they haven’t made any firm decisions yet regarding a third season of “Luke Cage,” and there are no plans for a second season of “The Defenders”.
She also fielded a question about the single most common complaint about all the Marvel Netflix series – their length. At thirteen episodes per season, they’re often visibly padded out with filler subplots and episodes. Holland explains that the reason is not entirely their fault but one borne out of an old-fashioned approach:
“In some of the earlier negotiations and deals that we did with third-party studios, we were sort of hamstrung a little bit by the convention of the 13-episode cable series pattern. If you look at the content that we’ve been making out of Netflix Studios and even with third-party partners now, often the seasons are generally no more than 10 episodes. I think to a large extent, it’s up to the creator and the pace that they are creating intentionally for their characters.”
The next Marvel Netflix series coming along is the second season of “Iron Fist” which is slated to premiere September 7th with a shorter ten episode run.