Marvel Television is on its way to achieving a huge milestone. Back in 2012, the folks over at Marvel Studios achieved a similar one when they released The Avengers, a culmination of five mostly-separate films. No one knew for sure if it would work, but it paved the way for the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and trailblazed a path for several other studios to follow. Marvel Television has taken a similar approach with their run of Netflix series, giving us several series featuring ground-level supers that include the likes of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist.
All of this is set to culminate in next yearâ€™s The Defenders, a limited series that will bring all our heroes together against what we will assume is one big massive threat. Marvel Entertainment will need to pull out on the stops on this one, which is no small order, as theyâ€™ll need to somehow top the amazing storytelling weâ€™ve seen so far in all their shows.
Theyâ€™ve taken their first step, and today, Marvel Television and Netflix announced that director S.J. Clarkson, who helmed the first episode of Jessica Jones (not to mention other episodes of shows like Vinyl and Orange is the New Black), is on board to direct the inaugural two episodes of the Defenders limited series.
Marvelâ€™s Head of Television and the showâ€™s Executive Producer, Jeph Loeb had the following to say about the announcement:
â€œS.J.’s take on the material is outstanding. We loved her work on Marvelâ€™s Jessica Jones and couldnâ€™t think of a more talented and accomplished person to helm the first two episodes of Marvelâ€™s The Defendersâ€
Along with this reveal was a short new synopsis for the upcoming show:
â€œMarvelâ€™s The Defenders follows Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. A quartet of singular heroes with one common goal – to save New York City. This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together.â€
In regards to Clarkson hopping on board as director, itâ€™s a good choice. Whatever you think of Jessica Jones, the episodes she directed were definitely well-directed. That being said, as with all shows, it will live and die with its script, so even if the show had the best director in the world on board, it wouldnâ€™t matter much if the story was no good.
What do you think of this reveal? Are you looking forward to Marvelâ€™s The Defenders? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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