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Marvel deal gives Netflix stake in 2015 ‘Geekpocalypse’

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In a 2006 "South Park" episode, Eric Cartman froze himself in snow because he couldn't wait three weeks for the release of the Nintendo Wii.

If someone wants to put me in cryonic suspension right now, please set the alarm for 2015.

Thursday's announcement that Disney and Netflix had reached a deal to stream four live-action superhero series – all in 2015 – builds upon the anticipation for the coming "Geekpocalypse."

Already, Hollywood has filled the entertainment slate with must-see fare, including a Batman/Superman team-up, "The Avengers" sequel, "Age of Ultron" and the next "Star Wars" picture.

The 2015 calendar also includes a new James Bond adventure, a fourth "Jurassic Park" and fifth "Terminator" film, Marvel's "Ant-Man" and the second half of the third "Hunger Games" tale, "Mockingjay: Part 2."

There was little buzz about 2015's small-screen fare until Thursday, when Disney and Netflix blew up the Twitterverse with their announcement: Four, thirteen-episode series, featuring the characters Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage (a.k.a. Power Man), and Iron Fist.

The heroes will battle evil in their own shows before joining forces in a Defenders miniseries.

Marvel is already in the live-action television game, having launched "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." this fall. That series is set in the "Avengers" universe and will tie directly into the newest film, "Thor: The Dark World."

By bringing four "street-level" heroes to Netflix, Marvel is essentially repeating the Avengers formula for the small screen: a) Introduce a character, b) build a shared universe, c) bring everyone together to fight the Big Bad.

Debuting its heroes on Netflix also frees Marvel from the obvious restraints of broadcast television, although fans haven't been told to expect R-rated versions of Daredevil or Luke Cage.

They will expect quality, however, as shows like "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black" have removed any stigma that a Netflix Original equates to low-budget syndicated fare.

Fear not, the new Daredevil will not be "Night Man."

He won't be Ben Affleck either, but you can be bet there will be plenty of casting rumors in the months ahead.

Whatever passes the time until 2015.

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