The Defenders will draw together Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist into one big crossover series. Don’t think of them as the bargain basement Avengers, but more the cool, punky, street level alternative to the Avengers.
Goddard was supposed to be the showrunner for the whole of season one but after blueprinting the show scheduling conflicts with Hollywood projects got in the way (he was supposed to direct The Sinister Six but that was put on hold and he ended up writing The Martian instead). He was replaced by Spartacus’s Steven S DeKnight who left after season one to be replaced by Petrie and Ramirez.
“Doug and Marco captivated our members around the world with their continuation of the story of Matt Murdock in Marvel’s Daredevil, and we can’t wait to see how they and Drew will introduce the full Defenders team to our global audience,” says Cindy Holland, Netflix vice president of original content.
“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,” says executive producer/head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. “They write and produce not only great action and adventure, but also the heart and touch of humour that’s makes us Marvel. With the inclusion of Drew Goddard, we’ve got a team that’s as formidable as the Defenders themselves.”
“This is the big one. Four amazing casts, four amazing series, now all in one amazing story,” says showrunners and executive producers Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to deliver the show that both we and the fans have been waiting for.”