Disney to Film Marvel Netflix Series in NYC as Part of Massive New Production Deal

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The ambitious multi-superhero, multi-series endeavor will include nearly 60 one-hour TV episodes

New York City is an important center of the Marvel Universe, and a deal between parent company Disney and the State of New York will make the city the hub of the company’s ambitious new Netflix series.

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Disney CEO Bob Iger and Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in Times Square on Wednesday that the state has carved out tax incentives valued at around $4 million to accommodate the needs of the massive multi-character series, which should consist of at minimum nearly 60 hour-long TV episodes.

There will be 13 episodes devoted to each of the four main characters — Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist — plus a four-to-eight episode mini-series centered on “The Defenders” team that will wrap it all together.

“Since 2008 Disney has directly contributed almost half a billion dollars to New York’s economy through television and film production, along with approximately 9,000 jobs for New Yorkers,” Iger said. “The Governor’s policies make this great state a more affordable and attractive location, opening the door for even greater economic investment and job creation for New Yorkers. Our Marvel series for Netflix will inject millions directly into the local economy and create hundreds of new jobs.”

According to the state’s release, the series should create at least 3,000 jobs, including 400 full-time jobs. The governor’s office estimates that production in New York State this year should generate $2.11 billion in spending, while companies recoup $477 million.

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The deal was first announced in November. will feature comic book heroes. The Daredevil series will be written by “Cabin in the Woods” director Drew Goddard, who is a disciple of Joss Whedon, the “Avengers” director and one of the hands helping guide Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige navigate what is becoming an increasingly massive and tangled universe.

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In addition to the “Phase Two” of its original superhero films — sequels for Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America — that will lead up to “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the company is introducing a new team, the Guardians of the Galaxy, in a James Gunn-directed film that is due out this summer.

The four Netflix series represent the studio’s big venture into streaming television, while its “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” shown on Disney’s ABC broadcast network, is its foothold in traditional TV.

Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which is due out this summer, also shot in New York City, and was touted last year as the biggest movie production in the state’s history.

  • savvydude

    Once again Hollywood/California is passed over. Cuomo worked to pull The Tonight Show back to NYC and now this. Where is our governor, Jerry Brown? Well he’s busy raising campaign cash and trying to build a train nobody wants. Sad days for the out-of-work techs and support workers.

    • ryan

      Its set in NYC.. It always look fake when you make it in california.

      • JeffMc2000

        Yeah. People in California really shouldn’t complain when shows set in NYC actually film there. I mean, seriously.

    • Martykus

      Also, almost all of Marvel comics are set in NYC.

    • Branwyn Kimble

      Yes, what a shame that shows based primarily in NYC should be filmed there, too. Y’know, unlike the hundreds of movies and shows that get filmed in part if not in whole in and around LA no matter where they actually take place.

    • realposter

      well if you go back and look it’s more of a shame that Spider Man and many other comic book movies were filmed in Hollywood/California… since all/most of them are set in NYC.
      That’s not to mention Batman/Superman – for which NYC is well known to be “Gotham” and “Metropolis”.

      There were countless movies and tv series set in NYC that filmed in LA… from “NYPD Blue” to “Friends” to “Seinfeld” and on and on. It was shame on NY for not making it cheaper to film in notoriously expensive NYC.

      Even in the past few years – former Soap Operas that filmed in NYC left for LA because NYC was too expensive.

      And it was a shame that NYC was falling apart so much that “The Tonight Show” moved to Burbank in the first place. NYC is back in good working order – so it’s not really a surprise The Tonight Show would move back.

      • Tim Lydon

        Actually, I’ve seen some people say that Gotham is in New Jersey and that NY is Metropolis. It varies by creator though.

        • realposter

          Jersey? Maybe Bruce Wayne’s mansion… but not the city itself. That would make sense – making Bruce Wayne a commuter.
          As to the origins… well Gotham was well known in literature to represent NYC. The creators of Batman understood it well. They used the name Gotham to convey what it was.