DC Comics succeeded in streamlining its superhero storylines for the small screen. Its titles—The Flash, Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow—are obsessed over, as per ratings. Marvel is poised to follow suit, having just announced the showrunners for the highly anticipated The Defenders.
Daredevil creators Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez have been commissioned to helm The Defenders, with Oscar-nominee Drew Goddard as the executive producer. Goddard is credited for his contributions in launching the Marvel Television Universe.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television, showed confidence in the Petrie-Ramirez-Goddard collaboration, calling the team “as formidable as The Defenders themselves.” Loeb assured that the trio will produce a series that embodies the “heart and touch of humor” unique to Marvel.
Petrie and Ramirez are key staff in Daredevil Season 1. Steven S. DeKnight’s departure from the show promoted the duo to showrunners for season 2. They delivered exquisitely well, topic the success and acclaim achieved by the first season. They managed to introduce two heavy-hitting characters: Elektra (Elodie Young) and the Punisher (Jon Bernthal).
The Defenders will bring together Charlie Cox’s Daredevil and Krysten Ritter’s Jessica Jones, Mike Colter’s Luke Cage and Finn Jones’ Iron First to form an Avengers-esque team in Hell’s Kitchen. Both Daredevil and Jessica Jones already star in their own titular series. Luke Cage is Marvel’s next offering, due for release this September.
The Defenders is Marvel’s fifth deal with Netflix and has been confirmed for five seasons. Unlike the other Marvel titles, The Defenders will run as a miniseries with fewer episodes per season. It will premiere after Iron Fist makes its entry.
“This is the big one. Four amazing casts, four amazing series, now all in one amazing story,” Petrie and Ramirez shared, as quoted by The Hollywood Reporter. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to deliver the show that both we and the fans have been waiting for.”
Marvel has not hinted on the potential plot for The Defenders or the possibility of it being tied to the goings on in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.