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Superhero Shows Are Coming to Amazon, Netflix and Hulu — Can They Boost Subscribers?

If you thought that superhero fever was exclusively a big-screen phenomenon, think again. By the end of the year, all three major media streaming services -- Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu -- will have a superhero show on their slate.

Netflix (NFLX) has been bringing superheroes to the small screen for a couple years now, beginning with the release of "Marvel's Daredevil" in spring 2015. Since then, the streaming giant has released shows centered around fellow Marvel characters Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. Those standalone series have built up to "Marvel's The Defenders," the small screen equivalent of "The Avengers" which will see all of those superheroes unite.

That show comes on August 18, and exactly a week later Amazon (AMZN) will release its own superhero show. Whereas "The Defenders" is a serious-minded, high-stakes superhero show, "The Tick" is more of a parody: the titular superhero wears bright blue spandex complete with antennae and is known for his nonsensical remarks. Amazon is likely hoping to tap into the...