The first steps are being taken now in the pre-production for Marvel’s next series with Netflix, The Defenders. In a recent press release, Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez were confirmed to be helming the series straight off the back of the hugely successful second season of Daredevil. The Defenders will see Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist team up to ‘defeat their biggest threat yet’.
“Doug and Marco captivated our members around the world with their continuation of the story of Matt Murdock in ‘Marvel’s Daredevil,’ and we can’t wait to see how they and Drew will introduce the full Defenders team to our global audience,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content.
“We’re incredibly excited to be able to bring our four street level heroes together in an epic tale woven by Doug and Marco whose work on ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ speaks for itself,” said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. “They write and produce not only great action and adventure, but also the heart and touch of humor that’s makes us Marvel. With the inclusion of Drew Goddard, we’ve got a team that’s as formidable as the Defenders themselves.”
“This is the big one. Four amazing casts, four amazing series, now all in one amazing story,” said showrunners and Executive Producers Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to deliver the show that both we and the fans have been waiting for.”
So far, Iron Fist has yet to make his on screen debut and Luke Cage has only appeared in a supporting role in Jessica Jones. Mike Colter’s Luke Cage has, however, been warmly received by fans and the teaser for Marvel’s Luke Cage (that aired at the end of Daredevil season 2) caused quite a stir online. Jessica Jones and Daredevil are already established in Marvel’s Netflix family and both enjoy plenty of critical and fan acclaim. All in all, it’s looking like The Defenders is going to be one hell of an enjoyable ride.
The Defenders will be coming out sometime in 2016 with Luke Cage dropping on Netflix September 30th and Iron Fist scheduled to release early 2016. The Defenders will star Charlie Cox, Finn Jones, Mike Colter and Krysten Ritter. Are you excited for a team up series? Which was your favourite standalone series and why? Let us know in the comments below!