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Daredevil star Charlie Cox explains what went wrong with Defenders, why he wants a sequel

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Oct 10, 2018

Last summer, all four heroes of Netflix's Marvel shows (Matt Murdock, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Danny Rand) teamed up to take down The Hand. Sadly, The Defenders miniseries was good but not great, spending a lot of time getting to the good stuff of having these heroes together.

That's why Daredevil himself, Charlie Cox, wants another crack at the epic crossover.

"I would like to see it go again, if that’s something they wanted to do," the actor told Metro. "I’d be well up for that. I think that’d be really fun. I would like to see a story that is more in keeping with the shows that we make, which is a little bit more grounded, a little more boots on the ground. I don’t want to see us try and compete with the Avengers in terms of the scope. I’d like to see The Defenders in more of a crime drama that happens in Hell’s Kitchen underground. That’d be fun."

While Cox loved the work that he and his fellow cast/crew members did on the first Defenders go-around, he did have some issues with the pacing.

"I think what we discovered with The Defenders is that it was a lot to try and handle within eight episodes," he said. "To have these four people meet in an organic way and then set up a story, and then resolve it and introduce a new villain, all in eight episodes, became a lot. In a weird way, the first part of the season felt too slow because they wanted these people to meet organically and not just chuck them in a room in the first episode. But then, by the time that happened, we only had three episodes left."

Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television, already dashed hopes of an immediate second Defenders season during a Reddit AMA over the summer, writing: "Not in the plans right now, but you never know!"

In a more recent interview, Loeb hinted that the group could return, but not necessarily with the original team members. Cox echoed Loeb's Reddit sentiments when he said, "My understanding is that, at this moment, there are no plans to do that."

Daredevil returns to Netflix for its third season on Friday, Oct. 19.


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