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Sydney Bristow is back from her time in deep cover. Maybe. Alias, the sci-fi superspy thriller that aired from 2001 to 2006 on ABC, is an important show, helping to propel both JJ Abrams, its creator, and its star, Jennifer Garner, to fame well beyond the bounds of network television. The show followed the life of Sydney Bristow, CIA spy, caught up in a life of spycraft and mistaken identity.

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Over the past 60 years, Marvel Comics has created more than 7000 characters, including hundreds upon hundreds of costumed superheroes. Many boast unique powers and compelling backstories that are ripe for TV - yet only a tiny fraction ever get to star in their own Netflix series. Often - as in the case of Iron Fist - the decision of what and what not to adapt seems bizarre.

During a recent set visit, we asked Netflix Originals' vice president to explain how the company picks and chooses its fictional crime fighters. If you've ever wondered how the process works, read on.