This image provided by Marvel Entertainment shows the cover of the first issue of "Uncanny Avengers." In comics, the first issue is where the story starts and the legend begins. Marvel Entertainment, home to the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and the Avengers, among others, is making more than 700 first issues available to digital readers starting Sunday, March 10, 2013, via its app and website. (AP Photo/Marvel Entertainment)
NEW YORK (AP) - Marvel will develop four original series for Netflix in a deal that gives the streaming service one of its most high-profile content partnerships.
The companies announced Thursday that the four live-action, 13-episode series will begin streaming in 2015. Marvel Entertainment President Alan Fine says the shows will be "a serialized epic" that begins with Marvel's "Daredevil" and is followed by "Jessica Jones," ''Iron Fist" and "Luke Cage." It will conclude with a miniseries of "The Defenders."
Last year, Netflix acquired the paid-TV rights to Walt Disney Studios movie releases beginning in 2016. Marvel Entertainment is owned by Disney.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The development order is the most ambitious TV foray for the superhero factory Marvel. This fall it debuted "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." on Disney's ABC.
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