Our dreams for The Defenders are coming into fruition.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Daredevil team Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez will be heading Netflix’s upcoming The Defenders miniseries.
“This is the big one. Four amazing casts, four amazing series, now all in one amazing story,” Petrie and Ramirez said. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to deliver the show that both we and the fans have been waiting for.”
Petrie and Ramirez took over showrunning duties for Daredevil from Steven S. DeKnight in its second season. Petrie has worked on Joss Whedon’s cult classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer along with its spin off series Angel. Ramirez’s cup runneth over with producing jobs on Fear the Walking Dead and Orange Is the New Black.
Marvel has tapped some other impressive names to work on the project. Drew Goddard (Daredevil, Lost, The Martian) will serve as executive producer along with Marvel’s head of television Joseph Loeb.
“We’re incredibly excited to be able to bring our four street level heroes together in an epic tale woven by Doug and Marco whose work on Marvel’s Daredevil speaks for itself,” Loeb said. “They write and produce not only great action and adventure, but also the heart and touch of humor that’s makes us Marvel. With the inclusion of Drew Goddard, we’ve got a team that’s as formidable as the Defenders themselves.”
“Doug and Marco captivated our members around the world with their continuation of the story of Matt Murdock in Marvel’s Daredevil, and we can’t wait to see how they and Drew will introduce the full Defenders team to our global audience,” Netflix VP of original content Cindy Holland added.
The Defenders will be the last of Marvel’s five series deal with Netflix. Daredevil premiered this time last year and just released its second season last month. Jessica Jones debuted last November and introduced fans to the star of this September’s Luke Cage. Iron Fist doesn’t have an official premiere date yet, but it’s expected (sadly) to be sometime next year.
The news of the creative team comes just days after Matt Murdoch himself Charlie Cox confirmed at a Netflix event in Paris that the series would begin shooting at the end of the year. Marvel announced its bold partnership with Netflix back in 2013. The attempt at building a television universe comparable to its cinematic one seems to be an unabashed hit.