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The future of Marvel's Defenders miniseries has always been up in the air, and with Season 3 of Daredevil right around the corner, fans are once again asking questions about whether or not a Season 2 adventure is possible. Marvel's TV head Jeph Loeb still doesn't have a definitive answer at this time, but he did confirm that fans shouldn't jump to conclusions regarding the future just because nothing has happened with it yet. And he also added that if Season 2 does happen, it could feature big changes. In his words:
No, all we've ever said is that there are no plans right now [to do more]. It doesn't mean that it's off the table. And it doesn't mean that it even has to be with the original characters that were in the first Defenders.
Holy bombshell, Foggy! Jeph Loeb went on to explain that there are several iterations of the Avengers squad, so it's not out of the realm of possibility that there are several Defenders member lineups as well. Comic book fans already knew that, considering the group has had a rotating cast of heroes populating it over the years, but Jeph Loeb took things a bit further to imply the original TV miniseries' lineup didn't consist of the official Defenders. Loeb reminded EW that the hero lineup was never referred to as "The Defenders" in Season 1 or in any of the other series, and nor did they have matching outfits or any other signifying branding. Which would seemingly mean the Marvel team could technically be made of any "defenders" even outside the initial foursome.
Jeph Loeb's comments come at a somewhat sensitive time for fans, some of whom assumed future Defenders seasons were a no-go, given the lack of conversations about it. Plus, the post-Defenders seasons of all the Marvel Netflix shows don't seem to be building towards any one big crossover event. Not to mention The Defenders' Facebook page was rebranded to Netflix's "NX" social media page. If The Defenders Season 2 was truly in the pipeline, one would think keeping the official Facebook page active would be a priority both for Marvel and Netflix. And so it's hard to blame anyone for thinking Season 2 wasn't a possibility.
Jeph Loeb's comments should remind everyone not to be too hasty when it comes to expectations for Marvel's future, but they also somewhat justify the Facebook move by Netflix. If The Defenders would return with a transformed lineup of different heroes, a re-branding would be somewhat necessary anyway. That still doesn't necessarily mean they had to completely get rid of The Defenders Facebook page, of course, but Loeb going public with those thoughts about future seasons should ease some minds that were fearful the death knell had sounded. But since Loeb didn't reveal real plans in motion, it could be a while before we see a sequel miniseries appearing on future Netflix premiere schedules.
The Defenders Season 1 is currently available to stream on Netflix. For information on what's coming up in the future, be sure to visit our fall premiere guide.