The Defenders has served as Netflix’s compendium showcase for all those Marvel good guys who already had day jobs rockin’ their own dedicated series fighting crime on the New York Streets. But if Kysten Ritter’s recent remarks on the show’s future are accurate, it looks as though one season of The Defenders is all we’ll be getting.
The Jessica Jones star told Vulture she’d enjoyed working on Season 1 of Marvel’s crossover show for Netflix, which brings her together with Iron Fist (Finn Jones), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Daredevil (Charlie Cox). But she added that there are no plans to keep things going with an order for a second season — even though she’s game, if Netflix were to green light more episodes.
“Y’know, I had a great time doing The Defenders and honestly, it was such a good experience that I would even do it again. I don’t think we are doing it again,” she said. “It was never intentioned to do it again, but, you know, if I was given another opportunity, I would.”
Netflix reportedly was on track to retain the rights to gritty Marvel shows like The Punisher and The Defenders after Disney, which now owns the screen rights to most Marvel characters, indicated it would not bring them on board for its own upcoming streaming service, which aims for a family-friendly vibe.
But The Defenders drew the fewest viewers of any of Netflix’s Marvel shows a month out from its debut, leaving Netflix with little incentive to dilute Jessica Jones, one of its most successful Marvel ventures, by keeping her queued up among the other leads in its character ensemble.
Ritter told Vulture that, even though her acting focus is on Jessica Jones, she appreciates the spirit of The Defenders from a fan’s perspective.
“For me, that is more the type of content that I enjoy as a viewer and as a performer. My heart is in Jessica Jones, but I did have a great time doing The Defenders with the guys. We had a good time. It is what it is,” she said.
Check out our roundup of what reviewers already are saying about the upcoming second season of Jessica Jones, and then keep Netflix at the ready, because Season 2 premieres tomorrow, Mar. 8.