It's not exactly a secret that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is performing quite well at the box office, garnering rave reviews from fans and critics alike. The studio's numerous television series – especially those airing on Netflix – have been extremely well-received too. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Daredevil have already been enjoying the prosperity of multiple seasons, while Jessica Jones will soon be getting a second season of its own. In addition, a slew of brand new MCU TV shows are on their way in the coming year or so.
Amidst all the hype, perhaps the most exciting upcoming MCU TV addition is that of the crossover mini-series, The Defenders. The Defenders will feature an Avengers' style amalgamation of Marvel/Netflix TV show characters – Daredevil (Charlie Cox) and Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) among them – along with Luke Cage and Iron Fist, who are both slated to receive their own solo series over the year ahead.
Taking the time out to discuss the future of Marvel's television universe is the studio's television head himself. Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel TV, covered a myriad of topics in his interview with Comic Book at San Diego Comic-Con, including the currently-filming Iron Fist series, the imminent Luke Cage program and the aforementioned hero team up, The Defenders. When asked about the intricacies and distinctions between the cast of comic book characters, Loeb had this to say:
Am I looking forward to the day when they all get together? Yes! But the part that's exciting to me isn't that they may be able to be fighting some great big bad, it's that we've been able to take the time so that you can get to know Matt Murdock, get to know Jessica Jones, get to know Luke Cage, get to know Danny Rand, and each of them have their own 13 hour story, in some cases more than that, and really get invested in who those heroes are.
In addition to his comments about the elongated storytelling structure that Marvel has enjoyed on Netflix's streaming service, Loeb went on to tease potential interactions between the characters as well as their differing personal philosophies.
My question is, okay, what happens when they then meet? They're very different people. They have very different ways of pursuing their lives. They have a very different way of what they believe in. That's what's interesting to me. Hopefully those are the kinds of things we'll be able to explore once we get into the Defenders world.
All in all, Marvel Studios has arguably been as successful from a storytelling aspect on television as it has been on film. Being able to tell 13-hour stories has truly allowed the writers to fully develop both the lead and supporting characters of their respective series. As a result, while the cinematic universe has been criticized by fans and critics alike for its lackluster villains, Marvel's television universe boasts their various antagonists as one of their strengths.
Whether you enjoy Marvel's various television programs or their blockbuster film franchise (or both), the comic book-centric studio has their schedule planned so that fans always have something to look forward to. With the premiere of another new Netflix original, Luke Cage, on its way in the coming months, this fall is certainly not an exception.
Daredevil season 1 & 2 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Luke Cage season 1 will arrive on September 30th, 2016. The Defenders and Iron Fist arrive in 2017. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, The Punisher and Daredevil season 3 have not yet been announced.
Source: Comic Book