Published On: Fri, Aug 26th, 2016

‘Defenders’ preview: This is not the Avengers, challenge of team with Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Daredevil

Daredevil season 2 producers Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez spoke with Slash Film about the upcoming The Defenders team up of the superheroes from the Netflix Marvel Universe.

“It was a very natural adjustment. I’m such a big fan of the other shows that it’s been really exciting to take Matt Murdock, who’s so singular in his focus, and spread him out into this other world,” Petrie said of the move from Daredevil to the new show.

“You have time over the many episodes, exactly, to spread out the characters, let them breathe, let them expand and let them get to know each other, so they don’t have to love each other right away, but we’ll love them by the end.”


On the bigger spectacle and explosions, “I really think what the focus of these shows and what makes a show like Daredevil and a show like [Jessica Jones] and I’ve seen Luke [Cage], it’s fantastic, is that they’re really sophisticated character stories,” Ramirez explained.

“So I think the thing that excites us the most going into The Defenders and writing these scripts is just to tell character stories and interaction between them, watch them bump up against each other.”

Petrie makes note of The Avengers, not getting along for the first half of the movie.

“Of course. It’s fun because it’s just like any other family. They have to fight.”

That prompted Ramirez to add that “It’s been one of the great joys of watching something like The Avengers or The Dirty Dozen, any movie like that. Any of those stories feels like people are going to watch people grow, bump heads, fight along the same side. We want to watch all that.”

He then cautioned this won’t be a different version of that.
“I think it’s easy to just sell it as TV’s The Avengers but I really think it’s different. I was trying to think about it the other day. There aren’t many projects in TV that have ever done something like this. You often feel like people sometimes splinter off a show and do a spin-off, but you never kind of have them spin in. You never kind of have four different properties overlap and come into each other.”
Fans can expect pairing off as well as all four actors working side-by-side. Both producers were careful with their words, before Petrie said: “They’re all great. Any two you put together makes sense because if you have Matt and Jessica, you get two very smart hard tripping New Yorkers. If you’ve got Danny and Luke, you’ve got what fans recognize as heroes for hire, but we’re not there yet. If you’ve got Jessica and Danny, you’ve got the hard cynic and the wide-eyed innocent. So there’s really no pairing that doesn’t work.”
Check out the full interview at Slash HERE

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