It isn’t often that something backed by Marvel leaves fans disappointed, but it looks like Netflix and Marvel’s collection of small screen superhero series, culminating in last year’s crossover The Defenders, is going to be remembered as just that.
That would have been an absurd statement to make a few years ago after the first seasons of Daredevil and Jessica Jones were lauded. But since then, Daredevil‘s second season was uneven, Luke Cage was met with mixed-to-negative reviews and Iron Fist was widely panned. That led to The Defenders – supposedly the Avengers of the small screen – arriving on Netflix with not much more than a whimper.
The crossover was supposed to right the ship but only got middling reviews. Combine that with a very mixed reaction to The Punisher, and with season two of Jessica Jones arriving tomorrow, the small screen Marvel shows have become a far cry from the appointment viewing that Netflix and Marvel hoped they would be.
Another Defenders crossover is not part of the plans either, according to Jessica Jones herself, Krysten Ritter, who told Vulture:
“Y’know, I had a great time doing The Defenders and honestly, it was such a good experience that I would even do it again. I don’t think we are doing it again. It was never intentioned to do it again, but, you know, if I was given another opportunity, I would. My heart is in Jessica Jones, but I did have a great time doing The Defenders with the guys. We had a good time. It is what it is”.
Despite the increasingly negative reviews, don’t expect a cancellation of the series or anything drastic like that. A new season for each superhero arrives within the next year, and although Netflix doesn’t release viewing figures, the shows likely still draw in plenty of fans. Just don’t expect everything to culminate in another crossover.