Netflix Talks Marvel Future & “Agent Carter”

Talking about their successful collaboration with Marvel in recent years, streaming giant Netflix says that they expect to start churning out new seasons of the planned shows at a faster rate than the two per year we’re getting at the moment.

Sopeaking with IGN, Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos was asked if we’d see as many as five Marvel shows on Netflix every year to which he replied:

“I doubt that we could produce at the quality that they produce at that speed, but we’re gonna try to make them quicker so we can get less downtime between them… [We have] Luke Cage upcoming and then Iron Fist and then Defenders, and then we’ll start slotting the second and third seasons of the shows that are upcoming, [but we] haven’t gone beyond that yet.”

Part of the complication is that “the whole cast is called on for The Defenders, which changes the production schedule for the other shows.” Right now it’s “Luke Cage” this year, “Iron Fist” & “Defenders” in 2017, and likely “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones” in 2018 along with a possible “Punisher” series.

Sarandos also spoke about why Netflix didn’t pick up ABC’s “Agent Carter” following its cancellation earlier this year. He says a big part of the problem is that, unlike with shows that originated on the service, there would be rights complications which made it not worth pursuing. He tells EW:

“We’re looking for truly original brands to own, and in that Marvel space we already have [original comic book shows] – so that was mostly why. They also have some output deal complexities. So when you pick it up, being able to pick it up globally is difficult even after it’s canceled. Some of those output partners still had it on the air, so they would argue its covered by their output [deals]. Unfortunately, it was a business decision more than a creative one.”

“Luke Cage” hits the streaming service in September.