The Defenders is poised to give Netflix one of its biggest premieres yet. The newly released team-up series has been the goal ever since the streaming service agreed to produce and host Marvel TV’s four superhero shows: Daredevil (2015), Jessica Jones (2015), Luke Cage (2016), and Iron Fist (2017). The idea was for the four superheroes to headline their own TV shows and eventually come together to form the Defenders — a superhero team from the comics that originally included the likes of Doctor Strange and Silver Surfer.
The series premiere this past Friday and united all four heroes — Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and the Iron Fist (Finn Jones) — against the evil organization known as the Hand, led by the enigmatic antagonist, Alexandra, played by legendary actress Sigourney Weaver. Seeing heroes come together to face a common enemy isn’t unprecedented, although it’s typically an event that’s seen on the big screen more than it is on the small screen. Still, anticipation has been running high for the Defenders’ first go-around, especially since it’s something that has been teased for a few years now.
Unlike traditional broadcast and cable networks, Netflix doesn’t officially disclose viewership numbers, nor does it have a traditional rating system. Therefore, it’s difficult to determine which shows are successful and which aren’t. However, according to independent rating company Jumpship (via Variety), The Defenders TV series is expected to garner Netflix one of its biggest premieres ever and possibly even become its biggest TV series ever.
It’s no surprise that The Defenders has the potential to become the streaming giant’s biggest series yet, especially since it not only brings together multiple superheroes for the first time but also culminates multiple seasons of storytelling into an ultimate showdown with the Hand. Plus, releasing an entire season at once allows people to binge all eight episodes over the course of a single weekend, thus turning the event series into an event. In addition to dealing with the fallout of their individual seasons, The Defenders will, as expected, leave each hero in a different place than when the series began, and their stories will carry over into their solo shows, whenever they return.
At this point, despite the continuous hype and the possibility of breaking viewership records for Netflix, Marvel TV head honcho Jeph Loeb recently said that there aren’t any plans to make a second season of The Defenders. However, that doesn’t mean characters from each series won’t ever appear on another hero’s show. Perhaps after seeing how successful the series is, Netflix will order another season.
The Defenders is now available on Netflix, with The Punisher arriving sometime this fall. Premiere dates for the new seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist have not yet been announced.
Source: Jumpship (via Variety)
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