Jeph Loeb On Whether The Defenders Will Meet The Avengers

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What with Iron Fist, The Punisher and The Defenders coming out this year, the crew working on Marvel’s Netflix projects must be both nervous and excited about how all their newest shows are going to be received. Judging by the overwhelming response to Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, it seems as though the future is bright for those involved.

Entertainment Weekly recently spoke to Executive Vice President and Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, about how the Defenders and their assorted accomplices will interact with the MCU – if at all. When asked directly about if fans would ever be treated to a crossover, Loeb said:

“You’re trying to trap me into saying, ‘hashtag, it’s all connected.’ If the story warrants it, we will obviously do our best to have folks cross into each other’s story lines.”

It’s hardly a promise for Matt Murdock to end up being Bucky Barnes’s lawyer, or Jessica Jones going for a drink with Black Widow, but it does seem like there are important minds open to the idea. Loeb also commented on how the teams behind Marvel Television trade information and plans with the MCU bosses, to ensure relatively smooth storytelling.

“We certainly communicate with each other in terms of what we’re doing and what we have planned and the characters that we’re using and where it’s all going. Unfortunately for me as a fan, I tend to know more about what’s happening in the movies than I want to know.”

Daredevil seasons 1 and 2, Jessica Jones season 1 and Luke Cage season 1 are available to stream on Netflix now. Iron Fist will be released on March 17th on Netflix, with The Defenders coming out in the summer and The Punisher released later in 2017.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Annabel Hynes

Annabel Hynes

Journalism student and freelance writer. Watches too much TV.

  • Jason Scarpelli

    Will they be in The Avengers???? I doubt it.

  • Axxell

    This is as win-win as you can have… People will go BONKERS if they see the Defenders in the Avengers films.

  • AlphaBlu

    ““You’re trying to trap me into saying, ‘hashtag, it’s all connected.’ If the story warrants it, we will obviously do our best to have folks cross into each other’s story lines.””

    Well Jeph, your vague non-answers are pretty much all you say when asked, so of course they’re trying to trap you into another tired re-run of “It’s all connected!”.

    Marvel Television is the tail. Marvel Studios is the dog. The tail will never wag the dog.

    • SAMURAI36

      That’s his response, because he knows it’s never gonna happen, but has to keep trying to save face with that unrealistic expectation that Marvel has NEVER been able to deliver on in the first place.

      The reality is, for all people’s complaining of DC’s lack of connectivity, Marvel is far more disjointed and splintered, between the warring movie studios, the backroom conflicts between Marvel TV and Marvel Studios, and even Marvel network TV vs Marvel Netflix.

    • SAMURAI36

      But LOL, when I read your comment the first time, I thought you meant something else, when you said “Marvel TV is tail”. Oh well, same difference.