The Defenders Season 1 is getting ready to arrive on Netflix pretty soon and fans are ready. The first episode of the highly-anticipated event series premiered for some lucky fans at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend and that got everyone pretty hyped up. Assuming this show is as much of a success as the other Marvel Netflix shows have been so far, one would think that would lead to a Defenders Season 2, right? Not so fast.
Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb was on hand at San Diego Comic-Con to help promote The Defenders, as well as the upcoming Punisher Season 1. He took some time to speak with Collider and during the course of the conversation he revealed that The Defenders Season 2 may not happen at all. Here's what he had to say about it.
"I don't know. We haven't really gotten to that place. I don't know that there will be a Defenders 2."
It would be hard to imagine a scenario in which The Defenders Season 1 is incredibly successful and a Season 2 doesn't happen. Then again, we have no idea what is going to happen in this season and how long Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and Finn Jones are going to want to keep up with the demanding schedule it takes to do these shows. Certainly not forever, but maybe at least enough to get one more team up season in. Jeph Loeb also talked a bit about that fact that The Defenders is only going to be eight episodes, as opposed to the usual 13 for the solo shows. According to him, it was just what worked best for the story they are trying to tell.
"It had nothing to do with cost. It was always eight. It had to do with what 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 one and that's act two and that's act three. And 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 to be able to tell a story that's compelling and will go along. And look, if you finish the eight and you wish it was 13, good on us!"
The Defenders Season 1 arrives on Netflix on August 18, so we'll know soon enough if there are going to be any surprising story reasons that a season 2 won't be possible. Jeph Loeb did say in the interview that as a fan he wants more seasons and more shows and he's a guy that has a lot of pull in that department. So even if it isn't The Defenders Season 2, Marvel is alive and very well on Netflix right now. You can check out the full interview for yourself below.