Marvel TV Chief Talks Shorter “Defenders” Run

Marvel Television chief Jeph Loeb has been out talking up “The Defenders” event series and how, after three years of planning, it’s all finally coming together next month when the four Marvel-Netflix heroes come together onscreen.

Since its reveal, it has always been said that “The Defenders” would have a shorter run of episodes than the regular thirteen episode seasonal runs of the other series like “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist”. That stayed true when the count was finally revealed at just eight episodes.

Speaking with Collider at San Diego Comic Con, Loeb was asked why it was eight episodes and whether that had anything to do with the production expense. Loeb responded that it was all to do with what was suitable for the narrative:

“No it had nothing to do with cost, it was always eight [episodes]. It had to do with what was the best way to tell the story. Our feeling was it broke really nicely… when you have that many characters you want to be able to service them, but you also don’t want to overload the audience and you want to be able to tell a story that’s compelling and will go along. Look if you finish the eight and wish it was thirteen, good on us.”

Loeb also confirmed they haven’t talked any plans for a second season of “The Defenders” and hinted that even if it goes ahead, The Punisher will most likely stay stand alone as opposed to being a part of it because of the nature of the character.

The second seasons of “Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage” are now in production with a third season of “Daredevil” and a second of “Iron Fist” headed into production in coming months.

Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones and Sigourney Weaver star in “The Defenders” premieres on Netflix on August 18th.