Marvel's Head of Television, Jeph Loeb, recently did an interview that really talks about the [Daredevil](movie:47230) Netflix series which will get its first real coverage at the New York Comic-Con this year. What seems really important is the interconnectivity with the films, and that the universe can be seen as individual film projects within one combined film universe.
When I watched The Avengers, which is really one of my favorite movies, during the scene when the sky opens up, the Chitauri are coming and there's a giant battle over by Grand Central Station, even in the theater I was thinking, 'In the true Marvel Universe if you go about ten blocks over and an avenue down, there's a place called Hell's Kitchen and in that world are characters like Daredevil and Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, Hero for Hire, and those characters are not going to be involved in an inter-warfare-universe-colliding incident. That's what the Avengers do and they do it really, really well and those movies are incredible.
What's interesting is that Heroes for Hire is a comic series that really shows the connections between Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Could this end up being a series of its own eventually? One can only hope, but the fact that Loeb brought it up leads us to believe the idea has at least been suggested.
We wanted to have an opportunity to be able to tell stories about our street-level heroes and how that they could possibly interact in the world of Marvel without it feeling like it's completely detached and by the same token feeling like it's part of that world. And it's very much how it is in the comics, which is that Daredevil -- yes, one could argue that at some point he's been an Avenger but hey, you know, the reality is that so has everybody else [laughs]. The idea is that this is the world of people who are there to protect the neighborhood and if you believe in the neighborhood the way you believe in the planet then the emotional context is just strong.
So your everyday, neighborhood heroes get Netflix series, while worldwide heroes get movies. That seems like a reasonable enough formula. Still, Jeph Loeb closes out his statements with a pretty major sucker punch at the end, almost directly insulting the original Daredevil movie in his claims that the series will be absolutely nothing like the film:
When we started talking to our actors and to our directors, this is with all due respect to the film, if you want to know what we're not doing, go watch the movie. If you want to know what we're doing, it's very much steeped in the world of the comics, but it also has a life of its own and that's really what television and our films really do is that we take the best....We hope and we're very confident that this is the beginning of something that's very exciting on Netflix.
Expect to hear more on the Marvel Studios panel at the New York Comic-Con on October 11th this year.