When it was announced that Netflix was bringing Luke Cage to this year’s SDCC, fans figured we’d get a new trailer, a few bits from the panel, and that maybe those lucky enough to attend the panel would get to see the first episode. (After all, they debuted the first episode of Jessica Jones at NYCC last year.) That was about all we’d expected, and then they went and opened the floodgates. Not only did we get the first official teaser for Luke Cage, we also got a first look at the upcoming Iron Fist, as well as a great teaser for The Defenders. And as if that wasn’t enough, Loeb waited until the final moments of the panel to announce that Daredevil had landed a season three pick-up from Netflix. Needless to say, it was a pretty great night for fans of the Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Following the massive panel, Marvel Television head, Jeph Loeb, made his way through the press line where he took some time out of his busy schedule to talk a bit more about the Netflix shows. He briefly talked about Luke Cage and Iron Fist, as well as how the showrunners go about working together on The Defenders, which will go before cameras later this year.
As with each Marvel film, the Netflix shows managed to be more than just a comic book property. Each show falls into its own unique drama. Daredevil was a crime drama. Jessica Jones was a psychological thriller. So how would Loeb go about describing Luke Cage?
In many ways, it’s the making of a hero. The idea is that, “Why would anyone do this job?” At this point in his life, you can’t get paid. No one really appreciates it for what it is. And most importantly, he’s a fugitive. So, for us, it is a story of redemption. It is the story of the hero’s journey.
One of the biggest surprises from the panel was the debut of Iron Fist footage. Marvel and Netflix typically don’t debut footage from their shows as they’re filming, so it was pretty crazy to see anything Iron Fist related come out of the panel. But man, was it a nice surprise. Talking about what we can expect from the upcoming series, Loeb promised that the story will “surprise people.”
We also got a small taste of Iron Fist. Will that to be more like a martial arts movie?
You know that we can’t just do that! Look, it has some of the most amazing martial arts and all kinds of different martial arts — not just kung fu. Our hope is to be able to present a story that will surprise people. That’s about as much as I can say right now.
Following Iron Fist, which should wrap up production in September, The Defenders will finally get underway. As we all know, the showrunners of Daredevil season two have already been confirmed to showrun The Defenders, so what does this mean for the other showrunners? Do they contribute? Are they heavily involved? According to Loeb, they do all offer input, but it’s very much a show by Marco Ramirez and Douglas Petrie.
We’re all very much in the same space, so they offer their input in terms of how their characters would react in that situation. But make no mistake about it, it’s Marco and it’s Doug and they’re the ones that are telling the story. And everyone has the utmost respect for their work and their storytelling.
I think the closest thing that I can make to it is — in the same kind of way that Joss Whedon sought out all of the creative input from everybody that had worked on Iron Man and Hulk and Captain America and Thor, but he had to make The Avengers its own thing.
While we wait for The Defenders to unite, the first two seasons of Daredevil, as well as the first season of Jessica Jones, are available to re-watch on Netflix now, with Luke Cage set to premiere its first season on September 30th.
Source: Entertainment Tonight.