In anticipation of Netflix’s The Defenders Marvel’s Netflix characters have already begun the process of crossing over. Luke Cage appeared in the first season of Jessica Jones, Jeryn Hogarth popped up in the second season of Daredevil, and of course, Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple has been featured in both Daredevil and Jessica Jones, and is slated to appear in Luke Cage later this year. Come 2017, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist will team up to form The Defenders in the ultimate crossover event.

The folks over at IGN released an interview with several Marvel show-runners, as well as Marvel Television head Jeff Loeb, to discuss the creative process behind building The Defenders. For Loeb, it’s important that when these four heroes gather together on screen for the first time, that they find a way to make sure it’s iconic. (Perfect example? That group shot from The Avengers.)

Being able to think about what it means when some of these people are in rooms together for the first time… We just want to make sure that it’s as iconic an awesome as it can be

Marco Ramirez, one of the showrunners for The Defenders, also said “We’re like okay, so this person has crossed paths with this person, this person knows who this is and what this person is capable of” indicating that the series will put a strong focus on continuity, which was a worry for many fans.

Although it’s sure to be a huge undertaking, bringing these four heroes together, those involved with the series seem to completely understand the essence of the series and what they need to successfully do.

“Everyone’s asked us, ‘What is Defenders about?’ and at the end of the day, what it’s about is about four people who have an awesome responsibility that particularly want that responsibility, who are brought together to deal with something that no one else can or will,” he said. “If that part works, then the rest, as they say, is cream cheese.”

The article also shared a few new tidbits of information that is new to fans. Ramirez stated that the show will remain set in New York, explaining that it as “very much a New York story” and “street level.” Loeb also stepped in to clarify that while there are similarities between The Defenders and The Avengers, “The Defenders are a fundamentally different group of superheroes.”

Finally, When Ramirez and Loeb were asked whether The Punisher, set to get his own show sometime after The Defenders, will appear, they both remained silent. Loeb stated that “We have a responsibility when we tell any story to surprise people.” This is certainly not the confirmation we were hoping for, but any mention of The Punisher is an exciting one.

Marvel’s The Defenders is set to debut on Netflix in 2017, starring Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil), Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), and Finn Jones (Danny Rand/Iron Fist).

Source: IGN