In a new report, Marvel Studios is rumored to be developing new content for characters featured in Netflix’s The Defenders universe. Fans of Marvel Television were shocked when, in 2018, Netflix canceled all five of their Defenders shows, which included characters like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, the Punisher, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. The streaming giant never gave a reason for the cancelations, but sources close to The Hollywood Reporter allege that Netflix had to pay a steep licensing fee to access the characters. Fans were further upset as part of Marvel’s contract with Netflix forbade them from using the characters in other properties for two years.
A new report from MCU Cosmic claims that Marvel is now actively developing storylines featuring The Defenders characters. MCU Cosmic left many details unanswered, such as if the new storylines would reference arcs from the Netflix series or if the characters would be played by the same cast members of their Netflix iterations. Nonetheless, the report hints that Marvel Studios chief producer Kevin Feige is a big fan of Daredevil and Jessica Jones, which led the studio to make a deal with Netflix to use the characters despite the two-year moratorium. The report further indicates that Marvel is gearing up for a live action version of their Midnight Sons team that will feature the Punisher allying himself with the likes of Doctor Strange, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, Blade, and Elsa Bloodstone. Those at Marvel Studios are also allegedly very excited to see Daredevil interact with other characters from the MCU. While it is unclear where these characters would appear, most fans speculate that they would be featured in new series on Disney+.
Should The Defenders characters appear on Disney+, they will join an increasingly large list of Marvel properties on the new service. Both The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision are already in production and scheduled to premiere later this year. Loki, What If…?, and several other series are also already in pre-production for the streamer. The studio is further producing Helstrom for Hulu, which will be released later this year.