Marco Ramirez teases the limitless crossover possibilities in the Marvel/Netflix series following the premiere of The Defenders this past weekend. The mini-series event - which made its premiere this past weekend on the streaming service - was the culmination of everything Marvel and Netflix had been building towards over the past two years. Beginning with the first seasons of Daredevil and Jessica Jones in 2015, and then the subsequent seasons of Luke Cage and Iron Fist, the series finally brought together Matt Murdock, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Danny Rand, much to the excitement of Marvel fans everywhere.
While the team-up might not have been as massive as any of the Marvel Studios films, the series still managed to deliver the kinds of interactions between the four heroes that fans had been waiting for. And now, with new seasons of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Daredevil all currently filming or in pre-production, how exactly The Defenders will impact the interconnectivity of the four series has been a question on the minds of both fans and critics for quite some time now.
According to co-showrunner, Marco Ramirez, it means big team-ups and crossovers are still to come. While recently speaking with Collider, Ramirez revealed that the four heroes knowledge of each other will be addressed in the future seasons of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Daredevil moving forwards:
"Now that they’ve all been cross-pollinated, it might be something that people have to think about. I don’t know. That’s more of a Marvel question. I have nothing to do with any of the other shows. But now that they’ve all met, all bets are off. They know each other, so you have to address that. I think that’s actually, as a storyteller, very exciting."
That might not just mean future meetings between the four main heroes either, but between some of the shows' supporting characters as well. After all, The Defenders also managed to include interactions between characters like Misty Knight, Colleen Wing, Karen Page, and Foggy Nelson - something that Ramirez says one of the most exciting aspects of writing and constructing the first season of The Defenders from the very beginning:
"I’ve been working in the Daredevil world for two years. The thought that I finally got to write for Misty Knight and Colleen Wing, these are characters that I’ve been loving and watching, as an audience member, for awhile. The supporting casts are just as integral to the story, and were just as much fun to write for."
Now, having their characters interact with and reference each other, without always coming together for huge team-ups every time, has been something that even the Marvel Cinematic Universe films have struggled with, after 2012's The Avengers. So it'll be interesting to see how the Marvel and Netflix series are planning on handling this aspect of their street-level sub-universe moving forward, especially since many of the heroes are working within just a few blocks of each other. Does that mean that Luke Cage or Matt Murdock could pop up in the second season of Jessica Jones, or vice verse? There's no telling right now, but based on Ramirez's comments here, it certainly feels like a very real possibility.
The Defenders is streaming on Netflix now.