In November of 2013 Marvel inked a deal with Netflix to bring four 13 episode series and one miniseries into the streaming giant’s stable of original programming. Yesterday, through a lengthy press release explaining how great it will be, Marvel, Netflix and the State of New York announced that all principal filming for the upcoming shows will take place on location in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen.
Fans familiar with the backstories of Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones (the characters set to be the focuses of the upcoming series) know that Hell’s Kitchen and the city of New York are just as big a part of the story as the heroes themselves. If you’re a comic book nerd like I am, you’ve got to be excited about getting the chance to see Daredevil flipping around NYC in an honest and accurate portrayal of the Man Without Fear. As long as Ben Affleck doesn’t try to push his way into this, it should all work out fine.
Daredevil fans aren’t the only ones with something to look forward to though, as there are a lot of benefits heading New York’s way as well. Cited as the biggest production commitment in NY State history, the 60 hours of finished shows will amount to millions of dollars being invested in and around New York as well as the creation of 3,000 industry jobs. It’s all going to start up during the Summer of 2014 when production of the Daredevil series begins.
With Marvel‘s track record and commitment to putting out amazing products that keep surpassing expectations, it’s no surprise that they’ve made a decision to make this foray into TV as realistic as possible. Hopefully the results turn out to be on par with what we’ve come to expect from the studio.
What do you all think? Is this going to have a huge impact on the quality of the upcoming shows, or just cause commuting delays for New Yorkers? Sound off in the comments!