What’s Next for The Defenders?

With the second series of Jessica Jones dropping this Friday on Netflix let’s take a look at what’s to come in Marvel’s post-Defenders future.

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Jessica Jones Season 2

The first season of Jessica Jones is arguably the most consistent of the Marvel/Netflix shows thanks to strong supporting characters and a plot that utilised the 13-episode run much better than the rest. The main strength was Krysten Ritter’s -performance as the superpowered private investigator and her complex relationship with the show’s villain: David Tennent’s Kilgrave. Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg has promised fans that season two will further explore Jessica’s past, both the accident that gave her powers, while also killing her family, and her relationship with her foster sister Trish. Kilgrave, despite being dead, still has a part to play as both Jessica and Malcolm will be coming to terms with the abuse they suffered at his hands.

Luke Cage Season 2

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With filming of Luke Cage’s second season wrapping on November the wait is nearly over for the next instalment of Harlem’s Protector. The biggest news about season two is the appearance of the Immortal Iron Fist Danny Rand. Mike Colter elaborated on Danny’s inclusion and their relationship to Blaskfilm:

“There are people that love the idea of Heroes for Hire. When people saw The Defenders, they thought the relationship was good between Finn and I and they are curious. They want to see more of that. He will bring some fresh blood in the new season and I’m hoping that people will respond to it well. We are teamed up for a bit. That’s the whole point of bringing that flavour to it. I can see how this works. That’s what good about it. We’re giving people what they want. A lot of times people wanted to see Jessica Jones and Luke and what happens to them; but we went out on a limb, and decided to ‘let’s give a little heroes for hire somewhere in the season and see what happens.’ Hopefully people will respond to it.”

Colter and Finn Jones certainly brought out the best in each other, and we all know that Danny Rand needs all the help he can get when it comes to popularity.

Daredevil Season 3

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You know who has absolutely no luck? Matt Murdoch. After losing the love of his life at the end of season two, only for her to come back from the dead and have a building fall on them both things are not looking good for the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen. The last we saw of Matt was after the climactic events of The Defenders in what looks like a convent doing a good impression of one big bruise. Many fans are excited by this development as it teases the possible adaptation of one of Daredevil’s most popular stories entitled “Born Again”. In the same scene a woman named Maggie was mentioned: a heavy hint that we could finally be meeting Matt’s mother. This was confirmed further by the casting of thespian actress Joanne Whalley as Maggie. Another exciting possibility of this arc is how much it feature’s Wilson Fisk, and Vincent D’Onofrio is confirmed to return as one of Marvel’s greatest villains.

If star Charlie Cox has his way, we may see celebrated Daredevil villain Bullseye in season three though nothing has been confirmed as of yet. It’s unclear whether Daredevil will return in 2018, although the sheer amount of information being teased compared to the likes of Luke Cage and Iron Fist suggest that it will be the next show after Luke Cage.

Iron Fist season 2

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Little is known about season two of Iron Fist but the changes from season one do seem positive. For one, Scott Buck has been replaced as showrunner after crashing and burning with both Iron Fist and The Inhumans. It’s also confirmed that Simone Missick’s Misty Knight will appear, hopefully to team up with Colleen as the Daughters of the Dragon. Considering how much of a disaster season one of Iron Fist is, and how his involvement seriously hampered The Defenders, the only way is up for Mr Rand and co.

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