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'Daredevil' renewed, 'Defenders' date – where Marvel's Netflix series stand

A Comic-Con presentation revealed new information about Netflix superhero series such as 'Daredevil' and 'Luke Cage,' which represent an unusual model for Netflix.

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    'Daredevil' stars Charlie Cox (l.), Deborah Ann Woll (center), and Elden Henson (r.).
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Netflix continues its plans for multiple Marvel TV series, as the TV network revealed new clips and information about upcoming series “Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist,” and “The Defenders” at this year’s Comic-Con event. 

Netflix has already released two seasons of the program “Daredevil,” which centers on a blind lawyer who has superpowers and fights crime, and one of “Jessica Jones,” which is about a private investigator who is also unusually gifted. 

The character of Luke Cage (Mike Colter) was introduced in the “Jessica” series. Now he’ll star on his own show, with the program debuting Sept. 30. 

“The world is ready for a bulletproof black man,” “Cage” executive producer Cheo Coker said during Comic-Con, seemingly referring to recent incidents involving police brutality against African-Americans. 

At the Comic-Con presentation, those behind the shows, including Jeph Loeb of Marvel, revealed that “Daredevil” will be back for a third series of episodes. 

Meanwhile, “Iron Fist,” which stars Finn Jones of “Game of Thrones,” will debut in 2017. The year will also see the miniseries “Defenders” appear online, when Matt Murdock of “Daredevil,” Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist will all join forces. 

While Netflix has aired plenty of original programming by this point, with other shows including “House of Cards,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” and “Orange Is the New Black,” these programs are unusual in that they are all Netflix originals and are connected to one another. For example, Netflix’s “Fuller House” and “Arrested Development” are continuations of shows at other networks, but shows like “Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage” are different in that they are spin-offs of one another. 

However, this model reflects Marvel’s strategy. The ultra-successful films released by the studio are part of a “cinematic universe,” with characters popping up in one another’s films. “The Defenders” is akin to the Marvel movie “The Avengers,” which brought together characters such as Iron Man, Captain America, and Black Widow.

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