Netflix exec hints at darker tone, crossover potential for Marvel series

The Defenders

As Netflix ramps up its ambitious slate of Marvel series, an exec at the service has offered some hints about what to expect.

In an interview with Empire magazine (via Comic Book Movie), Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos discussed the company's Marvel plans, which involve creating four series -- Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones -- before bringing them all together in a fifth show, The Defenders. In other words, it's the Marvel Cinematic Universe playbook adapted for the small screen, which Sarandos himself acknowledged:

"It was really based on the theatrical model of The Avengers. Could you take another group of characters, The Defenders, and go about it the same way? Normally they do the big movie and then eventually they get to the group origin story. Having 13 hours to tell each of these stories, you can go right to the origin story and the action at the same time."

First out of the chute will be Daredevil, which is filming now. Sarandos said that fans can expect a darker tone for this show than the 2003 movie starring Ben Affleck:

"The series will not be afraid to go darker than the film did. What we love about this particular set of heroes is that they're a little more down to Earth. Costume wise and also in that these are gritty crime stories, more in the streets than in the clouds." 

Up next, apparently, is Jessica Jones -- "Right now, the writers' rooms are open and they're looking at casting Jessica," says Sarandos -- but beyond that the Marvel wall of secrecy surrounds the plans for the other shows. And as for the big question -- whether any or all of the Defenders will get kicked upstairs to the MCU at some point -- Sarandos would only say, "It has definitely been talked about."

Would you like to see the Defenders fighting alongside the Avengers at some point? And what do you make of Sarandos' comments about the "darker" and "gritty" tone of the Netflix Marvel shows? Discuss!

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