Netflix and Marvel plan to produce five series together, and are close to finalizing a second season of Jessica Jones. However, a new report from Bleeding Cool suggests that the alliance may be knocked down to four projects as a result of ongoing battles between Marvel’s movie and television divisions.
Iron Fist in trouble
Marvel has been struggling to get its Iron Fist series right from a creative standpoint for quite some time now. “I was… told to expect the upcoming Iron Fist project through Netflix to be hit by Marvel Studios interference – they still do have a say and a signoff into how the show appears, and the word is the show may be killed with such procedural notes,” Bleeding Cool’s writer Rich Johnson wrote.
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Bleeding Cool has a strong history of accurately reporting such stuff. It was the first site to report on Fantastic Four behind the scenes troubles, and at that time a number of sites scoffed at it. The site has also updated their recent report about Inhumans, and its not very positive.
Both Marvel and Netflix are focusing on the roll out of Jessica Jones right now, and are working on bringing the second season of Daredevil along with the Luke Cage series. It seems that all of these series are on much more solid ground than Iron Fist
Does Netflix has a ‘data edge’
Netflix’s data is widely believed to give it a “secret sauce” to make its original content better. Even its CEO Reed Hastings has said this. “We are just a learning machine,” Hastings recently said, adding that before coming up with a new show they analyze data to identify what worked and what could give them better results next time.
But Morgan Stanley questions this belief, and doubts Netflix’s “data edge” for original programming. “Netflix is like any other network, with hits and misses, and we do not expect its data advantage to provide it with a better batting average,” the analysts said in a note.
At around 12.03 PM EDT Monday, Netflix shares were up 0.32% at $113.67. Year to date, the stock is up almost 132% while over the last year, it is up over 76%.