There might not be another season of The Defenders, according to Marvel TV head honcho Jeph Loeb. In 2013, Marvel Studios' newly-formed TV division expanded the Marvel Cinematic Universe onto the small screen with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, and then followed up that series two years later with Agent Carter. Although ABC and Marvel are both owned by The Walt Disney Company, which is why Marvel chose that network as their launch pad for the TV side of the MCU, that doesn't mean they didn't plan on working with other networks (and services) as well.
Three years ago, Marvel TV announced a new partnership with Netflix to produce four separate shows -- Daredevil, starring Charlie Cox; Jessica Jones, starring Krysten Ritter; Luke Cage, starring Mike Colter, and Iron Fist, starring Finn Jones -- that would eventually lead into a crossover series, The Defenders, where the four heroes from the four series would unite against a common enemy. In The Defenders' first season, those common enemies are the Hand and Sigourney Weaver's Alexandra. Although people are excited to watch the crossover unfold next month, some people are already wondering when the next season will arrive. Unfortunately, audiences may never see another season of The Defenders.
Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb was on-hand at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend promoting the upcoming season of The Defenders, and in an interview with Collider, he shined some doubt on the possibility of New York's defenders uniting for a second season.
"I don't know. We haven't really gotten to that place. I don't know that there will be a Defenders #2."
The Defenders' upcoming eight-episode season is the culmination of all the stories told across all four shows these past few years, so it makes sense for Loeb to be unsure about there being another team-up down the line. Rather than going the Avengers route and having all the heroes unite every few years, Marvel TV and Netflix may choose to have occasional crossovers instead (e.g. Simone Missick's Luke Cage character, Misty Knight, appearing in Iron Fist season 2).
Although audiences still have to wait a few more weeks in order to see how everything unfolds, fans can check out the newest trailer released at Comic-Con last weekend, as well as the first clips from the season premiere. As for The Defenders' future, perhaps we'll learn more about Marvel TV's plans for their New York City heroes at next year's Comic-Con International.
Marvel’s The Defenders premieres on August 18th, followed by The Punisher season 1 later this fall. Premiere dates for the new seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist have yet to be announced.