With the arrival of The Defenders on Netflix later this month, Marvel has well and truly established yet another universe. This, however, is hardly the major milestone being talked about regarding Marvel Television and its Netflix series.
Marvel and Netflix are cranking out a record number of episodes in the state of New York. Before 2017 comes to an end, a total of 135 episodes of The Defenders, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and The Punisher will have been filmed for the franchises. It's a move which clearly indicates Marvel's output on Netflix has accelerated by comparison to the original plans.
Originally, Marvel had two titles releasing in a single year. Daredevil's first season arrived in early 2015 followed by Jessica Jones in November of the same year. Then, Daredevil Season 2 dropped in March 2016 with Luke Cage releasing the following September. Now, in 2017, Iron Fist has already released, The Defenders is on the horizon, and an undated Punisher series is expected before the year closes.
Should the Punisher arrive this year, 2017 will be the first year with three releases from Marvel Television on Netflix, with 2018 set to do the same as Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist will each release their second seasons.
The question, however, is what comes after these titles and their second seasons. With 2017 serving as a finish line for production on each of them, the stage is set for 2018 to unite them once again for another Defenders series or more new characters to come along, similar to the Punisher's introduction, and spawn their own series.
Another season of Daredevil is expected based on the character's success. In fact, the success of each title is a direct reflection of how many series are being cranked out at the moment. Might the Marvel Television team ever elect to leave New York City? With the expansion of the cosmic side of the world underway in both The Inhumans and the MCU films, could Netflix introduce a character like Nova or launch a Nova Corps series?
With a clean production slate heading into 2018, anything is possible.
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Marvel's The Defenders follows Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones). A quartet of singular heroes with one common goal – to save New York City. This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together.
Marvel's The Defenders is developed by Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez. The miniseries will also feature Sigourney Weaver as the villain, Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver), and several recurring guest stars from Marvel's Daredevil, Marvel's Jessica Jones, Marvel's Luke Cage, and Marvel's Iron Fist, including Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse, Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth, Scott Glenn as Stick, Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, and Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing.
Marvel's The Defenders premieres on Netflix on Aug. 18, 2017.