New Marvel Netflix series to film in New York City

Disney CEO Bob Iger, from left, New York Disney CEO Bob Iger, from left, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and chief creative officer for Marvel Joe Quesada hold a news conference in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Photo Credit: AP / Seth Wenig

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New York has always graced the pages of Marvel Comics' stories and now it will play a major role in the future of its small screen adventures.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a deal Wednesday with Disney that will bring them to the Big Apple to film and produce its five upcoming Netflix series featuring the superhero team "The Defenders."

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The deal is the largest film or television production project commitment in New York State history and will create 3,000 jobs, including 400 permanent positions.

"Setting our production in New York City truly underscores the authenticity and excitement we plan to bring to The Defenders and their 'flawed heroes of Hell's Kitchen' stories," Alan Fine the President of Marvel Entertainment said in a statement.

Filming on the five shows will begin this summer with the series based on the blind vigilante Daredevil. Other shows will focus on Jessica Jones, Luke Care, the Iron Fist and the four heroes working together as "The Defenders." The shows plan to start streaming next year.

Cuomo said the state's tax credit for film crews has helped to attract big talent over the last couple of years. In 2013, there were 183 film productions in the state which helped generate more than $2 billion in direct spending.

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"The competition for these projects is fierce and Disney could have chosen to film these shows anywhere, but they knew that shooting in New York means getting to work with the best in world," Cuomo said.

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