During the TCA (Television Critics Association) press day today, Netflix provided some more information on their upcoming shows, while also teasing some possibilities of what could come down the road, including the possibility of a Punisher series.
When Marvel and Netflix officially announced the deal that would see the arrival of four new series, leading up to The Defenders, many fans assumed we wouldn’t get a second season from the individual shows. Of course, that proved to be wrong when Daredevil was renewed for a second season earlier this year. Since then, the question most fans have been asking is what this means for the other shows. Would it push back the release of The Defenders? Would the other shows that have yet to enter production – Luke Cage and Iron Fist – end up getting pushed back? Thankfully, Daredevil‘s second season pick-up doesn’t seem to be altering the release schedule Netflix has planned leading up to The Defenders.
Speaking to the press, Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos said that ideally there would be a new series every six months.
“I think ideally there will be a rhythm of about every six months you’ll get a new season or a new series from the Defenders group. And then they’ll crossover into a combined [Defenders] season once we’ve launched the first season of each of the four characters.”
This is a bit different from what we heard earlier this year. Originally, it was thought that Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage would appear “about a year apart“.
Which meant that Jessica Jones could be released in 2016, but with the show set to wrap next week, they’re clearly feeling more confident in setting a release time-frame for fans. Jessica Jones has since been confirmed to be released this year, but no exact date has been set. Based on reports from today’s TCA panel, it could very well hit Netflix this October.
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The six month schedule does not mean that these solo properties will only have one season before The Defenders series hits. According to Sarados, we will see each property once before they team up, but some shows could still get multiple seasons before then.
Some will selectively have multiple seasons as they come out of the gate. So they’ll probably be two launches a year.
As far as the casting process for Danny Rand aka Iron Fist, Marvel’s Jeph Loeb recently said it could come soon and Sarandos restated that today.
Hopefully soon. It’s always a little extra complex with Marvel in announcing things.
Some fans were hoping that Rand could show up with Luke Cage, but that does not seem likely as the show is already deep in pre-production with it scheduled to start shooting this fall.
Marvel is also introducing Frank Castle a.k.a the Punisher, played by Jon Bernthal, in season two of Daredevil, but that does not mean that he couldn’t get more screen time in the future. When Sarandos was asked about a possible Punsiher spinoff series, he said,
It is possible for sure. That’s the beauty of the Marvel universe.
Some of these characters could become popular enough that Marvel Studious wants them to make an appearance in the larger universe. Does that mean we could get a Daredevil or Defenders feature film? It remains possible according to Sarandos.
Any of them could spin out into films too.
Jessica Jones is scheduled to debut on Netflix later this year, with Daredevil season 2 reportedly coming out next spring.