Shares of Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) ended the week up more than 1.7% on news that Marvel created four new superhero shows exclusively for the online network. Yet Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS), down on weak growth in its networks business, benefits just as much and possibly more.

Fans will have to wait till 2015 for the first episodes to air. Yet the delay should be worth it: Marvel plans to end the experiment with an epic miniseries titled The Defenders in which all four characters come together in a style similar to The Avengers. The following slideshow introduces fans and investors to Marvel's newest cast of TV characters and explains why Netflix is the perfect partner to help bring them to life on screen.