When Marvel first announced their plans for four separate Netflix shows leading to a mini-series “Defenders” crossover, the excitement was palpable. Cut to last year and “The Defenders” came out with a whimper, not a bang.
The small screen Marvel series, which started off so strongly with both the first season of “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones,” then stumbled. The second season of “Daredevil” was far more divisive than the first, “Luke Cage” started well and then fell flat on its face halfway through, and “Iron Fist” wasn’t just widely panned – it was reviled.
The hope was “The Defenders” would right the ship somehow, especially as being only eight episodes it wouldn’t be hit by the same big criticism all of the shows had been hit with – that there wasn’t enough material to sustain thirteen episode seasons.
That didn’t happen with reviews only OK at best, and the recent very mixed reaction to “The Punisher” and soft early reviews for the second season of “Jessica Jones” have cemented that these former must-see events have become far less urgent viewing.
One thing the small screen Marvel universe won’t be doing again anytime soon though is another “The Defenders”. Jessica Jones herself, actress Krysten Ritter, tells Vulture that there’s zero plans for a ‘Defenders’ follow-up:
“Y’know, I had a great time doing ‘The Defenders’ and honestly, it was such a good experience that I would even do it again. I don’t think we are doing it again. It was never intentioned to do it again, but, you know, if I was given another opportunity, I would. My heart is in ‘Jessica Jones,’ but I did have a great time doing ‘The Defenders’ with the guys. We had a good time. It is what it is.”
The comments come as “Jessica Jones” launches within the next day on the streaming service, kicking off a wave of new seasons of all four solo heroes in the line-up with “Luke Cage” returning in June, “Daredevil” later this year and “Iron Fist” early next year.