When you look back to May 2012, the blockbuster hit that The Avengers came to be is the thing that stands out the most. It was not only a major turning point for Marvel Studios, but also changed the way the Hollywood system viewed franchises and launched the craze that is cinematic universes. However, in some alternate dimension at this point in time is a world where Marvel and Joss Whedon could not successfully bring together six heroes from four franchises and the MCU stalled out before it really began. Luckily, we do not live in that alternate dimension and not only is the MCU and Avengers franchise moving forward, Marvel TV is trying to launch their own team up series.
The Marvel/Netflix deal has so far proved to be a major hit for both parties. Instead of airing one season for four separate series before combining forces for The Defenders, Netflix will give us at least five, maybe six if Punisher can sneak his way through in time. Either way, when the series hits next year Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist will abandon their individual series to become known as The Defenders. Sounds kind of like what Marvel Studios did from 2008 to 2012 doesn’t it?
If you are concerned that the more mature shows will combine forces only to become more appealing to a mass audience than you are mistaken. Both Marvel and Netflix know what they have and that what they have done with Daredevil and Jessica Jones have been nothing short of smash hits. Their formula is working and they want to keep that going for The Defenders. Executive Producer Jeph Loeb talked to CinemaBlend about the future team up and how these very different heroes will come together.
The question that we want people to ask is, ‘What happens when these people meet each other?’ Because they each look at the world in a very different way. So when that happens, that’s ultimately what Defenders is all about. It’s not about ‘Who is the bad guy?’ or ‘What’s at stake?’ or any of those things. We’re still working in a very real, grounded world. The sky is not going to open up, and aliens aren’t going to come flying out of it. That’s The Avengers job! That’s what their supposed to do.
So once Daredevil accepts working with the likes of Jessica, or them two and Luke come to believe Danny’s crazy origin, what then? If it is not a world ending threat, why would they team up? So far each hero has been very concerned with keeping themselves, those around them, and even their city safe. Whatever threat that may be, which looks to be The Hand, they will still try to do just that according to Loeb.
The street level heroes always come from a very real place. If The Avengers are here to protect the universe — and nobody loves those movies more than I do — that’s an epic, action-adventure story that has great humor and great pathos. What we’re trying to do is tell stories about men and women who are here to save, in some cases, the neighborhood, and in some cases themselves. And if that’s the case, and you’re involved, and you’ll stick around for 13 hours, that’s an enormous commitment that we want!
A threat like The Hand poses a very challenging threat and as Daredevil has some experience with them, he knows first hand (no pun intended) just how tough they can be to defeat. Him being the one to recruit others would be the most logical, but then again we do not know what Danny goes up against in Iron Fist. Let us know how excited you are for The Defenders in the comments below!
The Defenders will debut exclusively on Netflix in 2017.