Warning: This article contains some plot details for the first two episodes of The Defenders that are spoilers.
Just like The Avengers assembled Thor, Captain America, Iron Man and company on the big screen, The Defenders will be uniting Marvel‘s lesser-known heroes on Netflix.
And it looks like the series will follow its cinematic cousin, but not actually bring the heroes together straight away.
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The director of the first two episodes, SJ Clarkson, spoke to The Wrap about why Marvel are holding out for their heroes until well into the second episode.
Clarkson admitted she was disappointed to learn about this at first, but upon seeing how the whole season would pan out: “I actually thought it was really exciting that you hold that back.
“The intrigue of the characters waiting to meet is fantastic for the people that know them.”
“Also, my hope is that people who haven’t seen any of the shows might tune in and watch The Defenders and enjoy it in its own right. Well, I actually think there’s no rush for those people because they don’t know them.
“I wanted it to feel like when you watch it, you were being introduced to these characters for the first time, but equally, if you were familiar with them, you were sitting back down with an old friend.
“You want time to sort of reintroduce the characters and sort of spend time with them, to really understand who they are, understand where they’re at, so when they do finally meet, I think the payoff is greater because you’ve had time to sit with them and settle in where they are.”
Early reviews have called The Defenders a “slow burn”, but ultimately worth the wait.
Meanwhile, Disney announced they will pulling their content from Netflix, but the streaming service confirmed to Digital Spy that it is in talks to keep the Marvel and Star Wars movies.
The Defenders launches on August 18 on Netflix.