Last year, Marvel Studios announced that it was expanding its TV output beyond Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. by partnering up with Netflix for five miniseries, with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage building to a small screen team-up in The Defenders.During an interview with Kevin Smith on his podcast Fatman on Batman (via ComicBook), Marvel Entertainment’s Chief Creative Official Joe Quesada has spoken about the series and their place within the MCU, as well as offering a brief update on their current status.
“There will be some interconnectivity, much like the movies. They will exist within the Cinematic Universe again, so this is all the same world as S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Avengers… Although these are superhero stories, this is different now. This is the street level…this is the street level noir side of the Marvel Universe. Something that you haven’t really, really seen in any of our Marvel movies. And probably more ground level, than I think you’ve seen. This is not like us doing Batman, Dark Knight or any of that stuff. This is very much Marvel doing street level superheroes.”
As for the progress of the series – which will kick off production this July with Daredevil from Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods), Quesada said: “The scripts are coming in. They are pretty fantastic. They’re really emotional. They’re very, very original. But at the same time, it is Daredevil. It is Matt Murdock. We will eventually, hopefully start casting really, really soon, but I’m very, very excited about it.”
And finally, Quesada also confirmed that the episodes are set to arrive all at once, rather than a serialised format: “You’re going to get all these episodes and you can binge watch them however you want, and then binge watch them again.”