We are months away from meeting the fourth and final Defender, Iron Fist, on Netflix. Once he puts on his green pants (with a premiere on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, I expect lots of green), he will join Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage for The Defenders. While many things have changed in the Netflix corner of the MCU since we first learned of this team-up, Marvel and Netflix have never publicly wavered on the main characters. However, rumors existed that the decision-makers were scrapping this fourth character, one that has a much more mystical history than the other three heroes.

In a recent interview, Allie Goss, the VP of Original Programming for Netflix, reveals that behind the scenes, there was plenty of flexibility for The Defenders, and the characters that would appear in the series.

Three years ago, Marvel came in and pitched a very ambitious project, The Defenders. It was four individual shows followed by a limited series that would bring them all together. When they came in, it was actually these four characters – there was Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. We weren’t entirely sure which order they would go in, that became part of the development and creative process. It was always going to be a discussion whether these were the right four, but as we got going on Daredevil and Jessica Jones, it started to feel like these were the exact right heroes.

They are far more grounded, and they set up The Defenders quite well. We were able to explore the character stories without getting too consumed by superpowers or heroes flying through the air, or massive visual effects. And in that way, they became the greatest street level heroes we could explore. And then from there, Jon Bernthal as The Punisher in Daredevil season two was just a standout, that it was undeniable and we had to move forward and wanted to very much.

Of course, each showrunner for these individual series has to do their part in working toward this massive team-up effort. Scott Buck, showrunner for Iron Fist explains that they were able to work toward these end-goals without being completely burdened by them.

There is a fair amount of freedom. Sometimes things are done because they are fun, and then we go, eh the next series will figure this out. (Laughter) There is a bit of that, but also I do talk to the other showrunners. Because we are leading into The Defenders, we have to leave our show in a very specific place with our character, because we do sort of plant seeds and stories that will then come to fruition in The Defenders. There does have to be a lot of cooperation between all the different groups. But other than that, we work distinctly by ourselves.

In addition, Goss and Buck spoke about the powers that Danny Rand will have, and the decision to cast a white actor to play the role. We covered this in a separate article. Meanwhile, it is amazing that the creative teams within each Marvel property feel such freedom in a series of properties that are so connected. Even on the movie side, writers and directors consistently say that they don’t feel constrained by these long-term end-goals. The result is a property put together with a unique, unhindered voice. We will get to see the results of Scott Buck‘s efforts when Iron Fist debuts it’s full first season on March 17, 2017. Then we will see how all of the characters come together in The Defenders at an unknown date later in the year.

Source: Gadget 360.