Note: This article contains slight spoilers for the second season of Luke Cage.
Similar to how Iron Man kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008 and teased the start of a team that would culminate in The Avengers, the first season of Daredevil, while not technically setting up a franchise, did show the potential for other street level heroes in the Netflix corner of the MCU. That continued with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. And this all culminated with The Defenders.
And sure, while a nice treat to see these heroes, as well as the various supporting casts from the four shows, brought together, it wasn’t the smash hit that Marvel Television and Netflix wanted. You can’t catch lightning in a bottle twice, after all. It was also the fourth time we’d seen heroes going up against The Hand, between two seasons of Daredevil and the first season of Iron Fist. So you can see how this might not be the huge success seen with the likes of the first seasons of the individual shows.
So the future seems uncertain as to whether we’ll actually get a second season of The Defenders. At least, not yet. But Luke Cage star Mike Colter did entertain the question while recently attending Baltimore Comic-Con. There, Colter was asked about the chances of a second season of Defenders, prompting a reaction from the crowd. When the crowd wasn’t loud enough, Colter noted that…so when they were even louder, Colter acknowledged that “Alright, maybe we can do something.”
Not really a lot to go off of and there have been mixed messages on the future of The Defenders. Krysten Ritter said earlier this year that she doesn’t believe it will happen, while Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb has merely said there are no plans for a second season at the moment. That doesn’t take it off the table, but it’s not a priority right now.
Plus, who would be the thread that ties the heroes together? Claire? Probably not, given how Rosario Dawson may be on her way out, coupled with the huge argument she and Luke had in the second season of Luke Cage. And while she did technically show up at Harlem’s Paradise in the finale, we as the audience didn’t see her, so what would be the one consistency between the shows that helps unite our street level heroes?
And what do you think? Would you want to see a second season of The Defenders? Or do you prefer seeing the heroes pop up on each other’s shows, as seen recently with the second seasons of Luke Cage and Iron Fist? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned for more news regarding the future of the Defenders.
Marvel’s The Defenders stars Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones, Eka Darville, Elden Henson, Jessica Henwick, Simone Missick, Ramón Rodríguez, Rachael Taylor, Deborah Ann Woll, Élodie Yung, Rosario Dawson, and Scott Glenn. The first season is available now on Netflix.