Defenders may represent the end of what is just "Phase One" of Marvel's plans for its Netflix TV Universe, according to Iron Fist actor Finn Jones.
"Let's just say there are certain events that happen at the end of The Defenders which are going to rock everyone's world, so people aren't going to be the same after the end of The Defenders," Jones explained to Digital Spy, adding that Defenders "feels like the end of Phase One...and the beginning of another phase."
"That's just a lot to compute. That's Phase One? How many f---ing Phases are there?!" joked Daredevil actor Charlie Cox. "I go into so many meetings, where they're like, 'We're making this show, but the end goal is that we're gonna rule the world' – and then you do a pilot and it doesn't get picked up to series, so I remember signing this contract and just thinking, 'Yeah, let's just deal with Daredevil, shall we? And see how it goes'."
The terminology of "Phases" has been used extensively by Marvel Studios to describe the different eras of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
It's unclear whether Disney's recent plans to start its own streaming service will affect Marvel's Defenders-related series. Marvel and Netflix both confirmed that the Marvel films could remain on Netflix for the time being, pending ongoing negotiations between Disney and the streaming service.
New seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage have been confirmed, while a fifth series, Punisher, is scheduled to debut later this year. Defenders premieres on Netflix on August 18.