Not too long ago, Netflix replaced The Defenders Facebook page with a new NX content page on geek-focused projects. It teased a lot of upcoming shows on the Marvel Netflix roster such as Daredevil and Jessica Jones third seasons as well as the second season to The Punisher. It seemed like the end for Netflix’s big crossover as it also is now just titled as a “limited series” on the streaming service. EW had the chance to interview Marvel TV’s head Jeph Loeb on upcoming projects and even tried to get a hint on the future of the crossover show. When asked if this new billing as a mini-series may spell the end of the franchise, Loeb had a rather interesting response.
“No, all we’ve ever said is that there are no plans right now [to do more]. It doesn’t mean that it’s off the table. And it doesn’t mean that it even has to be with the original characters that were in the first Defenders. There are lots of Avengers, and through that, you should be able to ascertain that there may be lots of Defenders. No one at any time referred to them as “The Defenders” — they didn’t wear a little “D” on their belts, and they didn’t go to a building that had a big “Defenders” [sign] in the air. They were four mismatched heroes who were joined by a lot of the other heroes that are in the stories that we do on Netflix, but that was that particular story.”
It certainly seems like they are planning to build towards a second season at some point. Most notably, it seems that they already have plans on adding more heroes to the Netflix roster later down the line. We could see some returning characters like Bushmaster or even the recent tease of Bullseye become unwilling members of the Defenders. Daredevil is about to enter its third season and with it being one of the streaming service’s most prolific shows will most likely return for future seasons. Moreover, Netflix has released four shows in 2018 alone and they might want to add more variety. There were hints about them trying to get a Moon Knight show on Netflix so we may see some surprising announcements soon. New York Comic-Con is just around the corner and they already announced the second season of Daredevil. This could be a sign that we might see some interesting news heading our way once the event starts on October 4th.
This news also comes at a fitting time as ABC is currently producing an all-female superhero team show. There is a possibility that we could see the Fearless Defenders as part of the ABC show that could hopefully include existing female characters like Yo-Yo, Skye, Misty or Colleen. It may be a unique chance to have a crossover between the Netflix and ABC shows. It also could spin out of The Defenders which would match with Loeb‘s statement that it is not necessarily a team like the Avengers but just a group of mismatched heroes working together to defeat a common enemy.
Who do you want to see as part of The Defenders? Would you be interested in a second season?