Netflix is looking to be the next place to get your fix of live-action Marvel Comics fare.
Daredevil first, and then AKA Jessica Jones, with Luke Cage and Iron Fist to follow, and then, somehow, The Defenders.
Of course, historically, The Defenders is a team that doesn’t have any of these characters. And, to be honest, I don’t care about any of this. I’m extremely excited about the addition of Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Done correctly, this is a great boon for the Netflix/Marvel partnership. The reason is simple.
Historically, this was a title where Spider-Man teamed up with characters all over the Marvel Universe. Spider-Man has worked with the bulk of heroes in the MU because of this title. I was very sad to see it go back in the day, and was only a little happy to see Kirkman resurrect the title during his time at Marvel.
Now, though, because of this title and the reclaiming of Spider-Man, Marvel has the chance to rapidly expand the number of characters on both the large and small screen. Done correctly, this is a smorgasbord of Marvel character goodness.
It doesn’t even have to be all Spidey all the time. Television goes in seasons, yes? So, he can open it up, and then he could possibly close it. This gives us die-hard old-timers the link to the past that we crave, while still opening the series up for other characters.
Also, understand this: every character that Marvel introduces, either on Agents of SHIELD or on Netflix, has the opportunity to be translated onto the silver screen. Every character can end up in a movie. That’s nothing to sneeze at.
Marvel Team-Up, to me, is the perfect vehicle to advance the Marvel agenda beyond films. Imagine this:
Marvel Team-Up uses Spider-Man to open up a 13 episode series on Netflix. Spidey is immediately teamed with Moon Knight. We get Moon Knight’s origin story, we get his introduction, we get that he’s Batman, but better, because he does actual detective work. (The most current Batman didn’t do any detecting at all.) Then we use Moon Knight to be teamed up with other Marvel heroes, doing their origins and introducing them. All as he traces a mystery. We close the series with a blow-out, having the heroes come together to fight off a big bad.
All of those heroes could then be introduced in the third Avengers movie, which will be a two-part tale of the Infinity Gauntlet/War.