The Marvel Cinematic Universe is an unprecedented creation of pop culture. Beginning with Iron Man in 2008, the film franchise has turned into a sprawling universe of movies that all interconnect in weave into one another -- culminating in next year's release of Avengers: Infinity War. However, there's one glaring portion of the MCU that has remained almost entirely insulated from the films so far: The Defenders.

While Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist have clearly found comfortable homes on Netflix, it's growing increasingly clear that they may be needed elsewhere in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On that note, we're going to dive in and discuss why this special superhero team needs to make the jump into the Marvel films as soon as possible.

There's An Appetite For R-Rated Superhero Movies

It seems safe to assume that superhero blockbusters will almost always rely on the endlessly malleable PG-13 rating to bring mass audiences into theaters. Having said that, recent years have also proven that there's a definite audience for R-rated comic book movies on the big screen, and not just in the more leniently-rated streaming world. Films like Logan and Deadpool were both made for comparatively meager budgets compared to their bigger brethren, and audience enthusiasm for that more brazen form of storytelling translated to some big box office wins for the X-Men universe. Marvel could do the same by bringing the Defenders characters onto the silver screen, and as a result play into a trend of more adult-oriented filmmaking that appears to be taking shape.

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