Westchester County Business Journal‘s Jennifer Bissell reports that Marvel Studios’ forthcoming Defenders project, which will be released in thirteen-episode chunks on Netflix, will provide a sizable boost to the local economy.
Originally announced in November, the four-series project (which includes Defenders, Daredevil, Luke Cage/Iron Fist, and AKA Jessica Jones) will be the “largest film or TV production project in the state’s history” and will provide three thousand jobs for cast and production staff.
The city has struggled in comparison to the country at large during the economic recovery, claiming an 8.1% unemployment rate as compared to the nationwide rate of 6.6%, according to a report from New York Post. That same report states that the city generated only 3,950 private-sector jobs in the month of January, which puts the decision by Disney/Marvel to film Defenders and the other series in the city in perspective.
It’s nice when super-heroes rescue people in the real world for a change, isn’t it?