Netflix's own Marvel universe is already a big success, and it's only continuing to grow bigger. The success of Marvel-based Netflix original series like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and now Luke Cage, keep building what the streaming network is planning as a mini-empire of sorts. The upcoming Iron Fist only figures to add to that success.
The aforementioned four superheroes, however, are all part of the eventual release of Marvel's The Defenders, in which all four of them will come together to fight crime within a single series. It has been nearly three years since the sprawling universe of shows was announced. Now it appears that, with the first four shows set to be in full swing at some point 2017, Netflix is finally ready to begin producing The Defenders.
MCU Exchange did some sleuthing on a recent video interview posted to Facebook Live featuring Mike Colter (Luke Cage) and a guest appearance by Finn Jones (Iron Fist), who mentions that there would be about three weeks between the conclusion of filming for Iron Fist and the start of filming for The Defenders. Knowing that the Iron Fist cast and crew held a wrap party some time last week, MCU Exchange estimates that would put the timetable for the start of filming for The Defenders at some point in early-to-mid November.
Although a tight, uninterrupted schedule starting next month would likely keep The Defenders' premiere date in 2017, it's highly likely that it would be an end-of-year release. Luke Cage just premiered on Sept. 28, more than a year after filming began. Iron Fist is reportedly in the end stages of filming and is set to premiere next March, which makes it probable that The Defenders would not premiere until November or December of 2017.
MCU Exchange's estimated timetable is, of course, just an estimation, and amounts to pure speculation at this point. But nothing has happened to the show to suggest that The Defenders would suffer major delays or take any longer to begin (or finish) filming than the previous four series. Luke Cage has been an early smash success in the week since its premiere, garnering strong reviews, but it's unclear what kind of role the titular character will play in The Defenders. Still, Netflix has established an excellent foundation with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, and there's little reason to believe that Iron Fist and then The Defenders won't be a continuation of that level of quality and success.
Of course, there's still a big difference between the heroes operating within their own self-contained series and bringing all four of them together for a single show. Part of the appeal of The Defenders going back to the original comics is the dynamic of taking individualistic heroes and thrusting them into a team environment, which could make for some interesting drama. But conflating four strong lead characters into a single setting always brings its own set of risks, including over-saturation of the Netflix Marvel universe as a whole. Netflix has nonetheless built itself a very strong group of characters that will carry great potential when they finally come together.
Daredevil seasons 1 and 2, Jessica Jones season 1, and Luke Cage season 1 are now available on Netflix. Iron Fist will premiere on March 17, 2017, with The Defenders expected later in the year. Premiere dates for the newest seasons of Jessica Jones, The Punisher, and Daredevil have not yet been announced.
Source: MCU Exchange