The Defenders will unite the heroes on Netflix’s previous Marvel shows, though fans may notice that the series will have fewer episodes than the standalone shows and will be missing Frank Castle/The Punisher. In an interview with Collider, executive producer Jeph Loeb explained why The Defenders will be shorter than the previous shows and why The Punisher will not be a part of the team for the time being.
Loeb explained that while The Punisher joining The Defenders is not out of the question, he believes the character works best alone:
“I don’t know. We haven’t really gotten to that place, I don’t know that there will be a Defenders number 2. I think one of the things that is unique to The Punisher, and particularly to Jon Bernthal’s performance, is that the character can stand alone and even in the comic books, Frank Castle’s Punisher is a character that sort of does well by himself. I think that when you start mixing it in, it feels a little off. I’m not saying that it couldn’t happen and I’m not saying that it wouldn’t happen, I’m just saying it doesn’t immediately lend itself toward, ‘oh yeah, I can see The Punisher and Luke Cage hanging out!’”
Loeb also refuted the idea that The Defenders will be shorter due to the cost of featuring four series leads:
“No. It had nothing to do with cost, it was always eight. It had to do with what was the best way to tell the story and our feeling was it broke really nicely, and when you watch the show you sort of see that’s sort of Act 1 and that’s Act 2 and Act 3. You know, you have to remember that 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, and look, if you finish the eight and wish there was 13, good on us.”
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“Marvel’s The Defenders” follows Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. 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 stars Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones, Deborah Ann Woll, Simone Missick, Elden Henson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Eka Darville, Rachel Taylor, Rosario Dawson, Scott Glenn, Jessica Henwick, Elodie Yung and Sigourney Weaver.
Marvel’s The Defenders is set to debut on Netflix on August 18, 2017.