While the partnership between Marvel TV and Netflix continues to be a fruitful one, do not expect to see a second season of The Defenders any time soon.
During the streaming platform’s executive session at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Sunday, Netflix vice president of original content Cindy Holland said “there are no plans at this time” to unite the leads of the various Marvel series in a second season of the team-up show. Although, she added, “it could be possible,” according to Deadline.
When the deal between the two entities was first announced, the plan was for the four series — Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist — to lead into The Defenders. In the end, it took over three years for the plan to be completed. And when it was, the results left viewers a little lukewarm even as excitement grew for the second seasons of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.
Though The Defenders is on indefinite hiatus — and Marvel TV is expected to produce shows for Disney’s upcoming streaming services — Holland said there are still opportunities for Netflix and Marvel to spin other characters off from other five established shows. “There’s always an ongoing discussion about spinning off additional characters into additional properties,” she said. So maybe series like, Moon Night, Daughters of the Dragon and Heroes for Hire may yet come to pass. Maybe there’s even room for Werewolf by Night.
Meanwhile, Iron Fist is addressing one of the long-standing criticisms of the Marvel/Netflix shows: their length. As spotted by Comicbook.com, the show will run 10-episodes instead of the usual 13. Considering some of the fight scenes we saw during Comic-Con International: San Diego, we can totally see why they would reduce the episode order. Quality over quantity is definitely a must with Iron Fist, which returns on September 7th.