This is turning out to be a good year for the Defenders. The second season of Daredevil was overall well-received critically (though the reception was less enthusiastic than that for season 1 - see season 2's Rotten Tomatoes score for more on that); the cast of Iron Fist is ramping up for their own Marvel/Netflix series, and Luke Cage is just on the horizon. Now, following last week's Iron Fist casting announcement, the Defenders universe is growing again with two new show runners that fans already know.
Marvel has announced that Daredevil season 2 showrunners Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez will be returning as showrunners for the upcoming Defenders team-up Netflix mini-series. The show will bring together Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) in order to face their biggest threat so far.
Along with Petrie and Ramirez, Daredevil TV show creator Drew Goddard will serve as producer with Jeff Loeb, the Head of Marvel Television, as Executive Producer. Here's the statement on the matter from Loeb:
“We're incredibly excited to be able to bring our four street level heroes together in an epic tale woven by Doug and Marco whose work on ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ speaks for itself. They write and produce not only great action and adventure, but also the heart and touch of humor that's makes us Marvel. With the inclusion of Drew Goddard, we've got a team that's as formidable as the Defenders themselves."
Marvel's press release also hinted at the roles of supporting cast members in the Defenders series, and reconfirmed that Cox, Ritter, Colter, and Jones will all be reprising their title roles on the mini-series - giving Petrie and Ramirez an interesting team dynamic to play with. “This is the big one. Four amazing casts, four amazing series, now all in one amazing story,” as the show-running duo put it in their own official statement.
For its part, Netflix is thrilled at the addition of the two new showrunners, having worked with them before. Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content, praised the team for captivating the brand's audiences in the latest season of Daredevil. "[We] can’t wait to see how they and Drew will introduce the full Defenders team to our global audience,” said Holland.
While other cast members and the series' big bad are under wraps for the time being, it's plausible that major recurring and supporting characters from Marvel/Netflix series past will round out The Defenders' roster, including Claire Temple, Trish Walker, Foggy Nelson, and characters that have yet to debut, such as Misty Knight; additional key players like Frank Castle/The Punisher are a possibility too. Defenders will be Marvel's first major small-screen ensemble event, and its success may be what determines whether or not the Netflix side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe expands to take on even more superheroes. Expect to learn more about the project in the forthcoming months, before filming starts near the end of 2016.
Daredevil season 1 & 2 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Luke Cage season 1 will arrive on September 30th, 2016. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, Iron Fist, and The Defenders on Netflix have not yet been announced.