Will 'The Defenders' get a season 2? Charlie Cox ignites hope about "a crime drama that happens in Hell's Kitchen underground"
As it turned out to be Marvel and Netflix's least-watched project, the prospect of volume 2 arriving any time soon was sort of snubbed initially.
When Marvel announced 'The Defenders', expectations went soaring and for good reason too. It was supposed to be the ultimate brainchild masterpiece, considering Marvel and Netflix were coming together, to unite Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, in an epic battle against The Hand. Sadly, however, and very shockingly too, 'The Defenders' could not live up to those expectations when it came to viewership. As it turned out to be Marvel and Netflix's least-watched project, the prospect of volume 2 arriving any time soon was sort of snubbed. And while fans have been reeling in the dismay of that, in a recent interview, 'Daredevil' star Charlie Cox has offered some solace to the said disappointment, by admitting that 'The Defenders' was, in fact, not all that it could have been.
"I think what we discovered with The Defenders is that it was a lot to try and handle within eight episodes," Cox said, as reported by ComicBook.com. "To have these four people meet in an organic way and then set up a story, and then resolve it, and introduce a new villain all in eight episodes, became a lot. In a weird way, the first part of the season felt too slow because they wanted these people to meet organically and not just chuck them in a room in the first episode. But then, by the time that happened, we only had three episodes left."
And while some fans would take offense and argue about this statement, many of them have expressed the exact same criticism of the show. However, speaking to Metro UK, Cox also admitted the plentitude of positive takeaways he has had from the show. "I had a great time filming it. I really loved working with those other Defenders and I really enjoyed the dynamic," he shared with the outlet. "In the process of doing Daredevil, I’ve kind of become a fan of those genres in a way I wasn’t before — so I do get a little kick out of these little easter egg moments of when they may meet, how they interact and what that’s like."
At the same time, he also commended Marvel on doing the best job they could in combining about 13 hours of backstories for each of the superheroes in 'The Defenders,' into one compact show that brought them together. This was a striking contrast to the superheroes in the Avengers franchise, who only had a total of about 2.5 hours of development, individually, before being combined into the movie. "It was a real challenge, and Marco Ramirez did an amazing job because he’s having to take characters who were created and written by, not just different writers, but also shows that are totally completely different," Comicbok.com quotes Cox saying. "Just trying to bring The Defenders into one tone was a mammoth undertaking. I think he did fantastically in that area."
And since Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb also recently admitted that 'The Defenders' season 2 is still a possibility, Cox also agrees that the show deserves a second chance.
"I would like to see it go again if that’s something they wanted to do. I’d be well up for that. I think that’d be really fun," he said. "I would like to see a story that is more in keeping with the show’s that we make, which is a little bit more grounded, a little more boots on the ground. I don’t want to see us try and compete with the Avengers in terms of the scope. I’d like to see The Defenders in more of a crime drama that happens in Hell’s Kitchen underground. That’d be fun."