The Defenders are coming to Netflix and it's going to be HUGE. Marvel is upping their game in a huge way by establishing a fully fleshed out television universe that completely ties into their film universe, and they're doing it in all the right ways.
Before we get to The Defenders we will have met Daredevil (again), Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist and something cataclysmic will happen causing them all to team up and take down some mega threat. Basically we get another Avengers team with a grounded, darker, noir tone! Every comic geek's dream is coming to fruition, Superheroes are taking over both film and television.
But first, before the eight-episode show comes out, you should probably know a bit about The Defenders themselves, as well as the unprecedented deal that landed them at Netflix. These are Defenders trivia facts to get you caught up to speed!
The Team Has Had a Huge Rotating Roster of Major Heroes
The group had a rotating lineup from 1972 until 1986, with Dr. Strange and the Hulk being more or less constant members along with a number of other mainstays such as Valkyrie, Nighthawk, Hellcat, the Gargoyle, Beast, the Son of Satan, and Luke Cage, and a large number of temporary members.The publication was retitled near the end of the run as The New Defenders but featured none of the original members and only Valkyrie, the Beast, and the Gargoyle of the former long-term members.
The Defenders Will Conclude a 60 Hour Onslaught of Marvel Superhero TelevisionAfter four 13 episode (one hour each) shows (all released in their entirety for maximum binge viewing), Netflix with unleash The Defenders. It all starts with Daredevil, followed by Jessica Jones. Iron Fist is supposedly next on the docket, followed by Luke Cage, then between four and eight episodes of The Defenders rounding out a 60 hour epic.
If the Defenders Does Well It Could Lead to More Marvel MoviesPhoto: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY
Jay Rasulo, Senior Executive VP and CFO of the The Walt Disney Company said "Marvel has thousands of characters…and it is not possible to mine them all with filmed entertainment. While these characters are attractive characters they are not among the most popular… it’s not likely we would have made feature films about them…though if they are popular on Netflix, they could become feature films."Here's hoping Daredevil and the rest of The Defenders get a shot at the silver screen.
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Netflix Is the Best Possible Place for Something with the Scope of the Defenders to Take PlaceKevin Feige, President of Marvel Entertainment said it best "“This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel’s brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling. Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel’s specialty. This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in what’s sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure.”