Last summer, Marvel culminated its Netflix work with Defenders. And it was good. Sure, Danny Rand wasn’t fully developed as a human, much less, a superhero. Yes, Jessica Jones is one of the forgotten heroes in the Marvel lexicon. Yet, there they are — together, fighting The Hand and making nerd’s dreams come true.
Matt Murdock died with his resurrected squeeze, Elektra (or so we thought) and New York City was saved. Many of us were hopeful for what was to come. And then, this happened:
You may not have even noticed because Netflix kinda’ wanted it that way but the Defenders Facebook page was changed to give a home to NX.
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) July 17, 2018
With all of Netflix’s diverse content, they have a certain panache for the geeky (i.e., ‘Altered Carbon,’ ‘The Cloverfield Paradox,’ ‘Bright,’ ‘Black Mirror’, ‘The Innocents’). So, they created a hub for all of it. Here’s the thing: Netflix isn’t really hurting for money but they felt the need to take over a Facebook channel of theirs instead of build a new one.
Yeah, that hurts. And that’s when our hopes of Defenders died, along with Daredevil and Elektra under a tonnage of rock, steel, and glass. We all gave up hope until Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb had this introspective interview in EW.
Defenders was always billed as a miniseries, and it seems like it’s not coming back for a second season —
No, all we’ve ever said is that there are no plans right now [to do more]. It doesn’t mean that it’s off the table. And it doesn’t mean that it even has to be with the original characters that were in the first Defenders.
What do you mean by that?
There are lots of Avengers, and through that, you should be able to ascertain that there may be lots of Defenders. No one at any time referred to them as “The Defenders” — they didn’t wear a little “D” on their belts, and they didn’t go to a building that had a big “Defenders” [sign] in the air. They were four mismatched heroes who were joined by a lot of the other heroes that are in the stories that we do on Netflix, but that was that particular story.
Wait, what?! Defenders 2 may have different Defenders? This could be big news because if they are bringing on a sequel with new characters, that means new origin stories.
So, chin up folks. You know the aphorism: “When God shuts down a Facebook page, he could up another.” Or something like that.