It was announced tonight that Netflix series Daredevil has been renewed for another season. I just finished the first season and that’s great news. I love the design for Daredevil’s costume at the end and there’s plenty of places they could explore given how the season closed.
But there’s something that this Forbes article raised: “Is it possible that Netflix and Marvel are really willing to commit – in the best of cases – to four original Netflix series a year if all the series end up becoming breakout hits?” This relates to their plans including other series: AKA Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and along with Daredevil, a culmination of the four in The Defenders.
Now, don’t get wrong, I’m very excited for more Daredevil. I’m also optimistically excited for the other three (and a half, counting Defenders) shows.
That said, between all these planned shows and the line-up of movies coming out, I’m starting to feel some burnout.
If you had told me ten years ago that right now, there are TV series for The Flash, Arrow, SHIELD, Gotham, and Daredevil? I’d be absolutely giddy. Heck, on top of that, there’s a cornucopia of Avengers AND Justice League movies in the works. A Justice League movie! Something I’ve dreamed of all my life.
Except…I couldn’t give two craps about anything WB has planned. I’ve mentioned that before.
I’ve tried to get into Flash, Arrow, Agents of SHIELD, and Gotham. None of them have sustained my interest enough to keep watching.
The thing is, I’m starting to feel like there’s too much comic book media coming out. Very soon, we’re going to start seeing two superhero movies from each studio every year.
2016 promises Superman vs. Batman, Suicide Squad, Captain America 3, and Doctor Strange
2017 will have THREE Marvel movies: Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Spider-Man, and Thor 3, along with DC’s Wonder Woman and Justice League Part 1.
2018? Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War Part 1, The Flash, and Aquaman.
2019? Inhumans, Infinity War Part 2, Shazam, and Justice League Part 2.
That’s just the films. Then we have the TV shows. Assuming all goes well, we’re looking at Flash, Arrow, and their planned spin-offs, like Supergirl and Teen Titans. ABC will continue on with Agents of Shield and its spin-offs like Agent Carter and a possible Ms. Marvel series, along with The Defenders shows, adding another four to the roster.
I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a little tired just looking at and writing about all of that. I’m looking forward to at least the Marvel side of things (minus SHIELD, which I gave up on after about six or seven episodes into the first season). And it’s all expected to be part of the same, shared universe?
I don’t know, not only does it sound exhausting to think of watching all of that, but I don’t know if it’s even sustainable. With the shared universe, it’s starting to sound similar to the mess the comics are in: needing to buy several books just to follow along. So far, for the most part, each of the Marvel movies have been mostly self-contained where you can enjoy them on their own. There’s little need to watch all of them if you don’t want to. Even in Daredevil, Wilson Fisk’s entire motivation was because of the destruction caused to New York in The Avengers. Is it detrimental to the story if you haven’t seen The Avengers? Not at all. All you need to know is something caused massive destruction in New York and the city is in desperate need of rebuilding. Similar “something happened in New York” was mentioned in Iron Man 3 and Captain America 2.
But can they sustain that? I’m excited for some of Marvel’s plans, but their plans on top of DC’s plans? And the talk of Valiant Comics signing with Sony to create a shared universe series of movies? Is it just me that’s starting to think it’s all starting to sound like overkill?
Then again, if it all turns out as great as the Marvel movies and Daredevil, it’ll be hard to complain.