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When you think of Disney in Times Square, NYC. the company wants you to think of this


and this


and this


But what a large portion of the 1.4 million tourists that pass through Times Square see every week is this


and this


It’s not a good situation. A half-decade or so ago in New York, there was just an occasional Mickey Mouse hanging out near the ABC studios trying not to look bored, a few years ago Elmo joined in the fun, but now there’s dozens of these costumed characters (often many duplicates of the same characters) just hanging out hoping that someone will give them a tip after posing for a picture with them.


Disney, Marvel, and Netflix have announced they are collaborating on four new series and one mini-series based on the Defenders characters, which will shoot in New York City.

In a press conference, Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, joined NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, in announcing the groundbreaking new deal, which will bring Marvel’s “flawed heroes of Hell’s Kitchen” characters to Netflix.


The project will focus on the four Defenders characters: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Each character will get 13 one-hour episodes, and then their stories will be merged together into a four-to-eight episode mini-series as The Defenders.

Casting hasn’t been announced, yet, but filming is set to begin in the Summer 2014, with Daredevil being the first to air in 2015. Since the series will air on Netflix, expect all 13 episodes to drop at once for binge-viewing.