The Defenders showed up to San Diego Comic Con with friends and foes and everyone in between, and they had a few announcements for the group, including information on what comes after The Defenders are done… defending.
First off, Daredevil has been given the greenlight for its third season! Which is probably just as well, seeing as the previous season ended on a cliffhanger of sorts. Iron Fist is also renewed for season two, and is adding Misty Knight to the cast… which is interesting considering the fact that Danny Rand and Misty had a relationship in the comics and haven’t really crossed paths yet in the television universe.
There were a few hints as to what’s coming in the Defenders as well, including a post-credit sequence that Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel TV, likens to your average MCU post-credits sequence. (Maybe this will relate the events of the upcoming Infinity War to our ground-level heroes?) To inquiries about Elektra’s role, Elodie Yung would only say that there were questions about how much of Elektra’s person was intact following her revival….
Finn Jones (Iron Fist) was quick point out that Danny Rand already changed a great deal in the first season of Iron Fist, and that it would continue to move in that direction for him. The Punisher has already filmed its first season, and Deborah Ann Woll’s Karen Page is set to be a significant part of it, following her connection to Frank Castle in Daredevil season two.
Mike Coulter (Luke Cage) was first to say that while the action of the show is excellent, what really shines is the energy between the four lead characters. Much was made of the budding sarcastic friendship between Jessica Jones and Matt Murdoch, with Kysten Ritter saying that “Jessica has a gooey inside, so she’ll help but not without dragging everyone…” Apparently she’s not a fan of Daredevil’s red suit.
Jeph Loeb also made the point that there is a fifth Defender: New York City.
And on that note… The Defenders premieres on Netflix on August 18th.