Last week, Netflix announced that they will be developing four new series based on iconic yet lesser-known characters from Marvel’s repertoire of superheroes. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage series will begin streaming on the site in 2015. The four will be also be featured in a Netflix-exclusive miniseries called “The Defenders,” which is about a team of unlikely heroes that are willing to sacrifice themselves for the greater good.
Here’s what you need to know these four superheroes:
Why him? The New York City lawyer lost his sight when a radioactive substance fell on him. Now, he goes around fighting crime utilizing his supernatural radar abilities, proving justice is truly blind.
Best part of comic: When Frank Miller took his turn at penning the crusades of the blind hero, he contributed most of the iconic parts of the series. We learned that Daredevil was trained by a ninja clan known as the Chaste. But it didn’t bode well for him that he fell in love with Elecktra, a ninja assassin trained by rival ninja clan the Hand. “Cabin in the Woods” co-writer Drew Goddard is now behind the series. Let's pretend all copies of the dreaded 2003 Ben Affleck movie were destroyed.
Why him? Due to illegal prison experiments that were done to Luke Cage when he was wrongly convicted, he’s got superhuman strength, unbeatable stamina and skin so thick that it’s nearly impossible to hurt him. This black superhero was rumored to get his own film, but it seems like Marvel will be testing out his popularity through the Netflix model.
Best part of comic: Cage is an entrepreneur and is known for starting the "Heroes for Hire" business, where you can pay a fee to have a superhero solve your problems. He knows how to be a team player and has worked with Iron Fist, Daredevil and Jessica Jones (more on that later). He was also a member of the New Avengers and led the Heroic Age Thunderbolts.
Why her? A freak accident with radioactive chemicals killed her family while she was in high school, but also left her with limited flight and invulnerability powers and super strength.
Best part of comic: She’s gone by several names including Jewel, Knightress and Power Woman, but she’s best when she’s working as an investigative journalist or detective. Oh, yeah, she’s also Luke Cage’s leading lady. Melissa Rosenberg, who wrote “The Twilight” films, is writing this one.
Why him? Through his martial arts studies, he was able to obtain dragon Shou-Lao’s superhuman energy. This gave him strength, speed, stamina, durability, agility reflexes and senses — plus ninja sensibilities. He’s mastered his chi, so he can heal himself or others and has limited telepathic abilities.
Best part of comic: The martial arts hero has been able to defeat many opponents including Sabretooth, Master Khan, the Steel Serpent and death itself. Part of his motivation comes from the fact that his parents gave up their lives to save his as they searched for the city of K'un L'un, which is inhabited by aliens from another dimension.