Marvel TV Boss Jeph Loeb Pens An Open Letter To Fans Addressing The Future Of THE DEFENDERS

Every single Marvel TV show on Netflix has now been cancelled by the online streaming giant but Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb has now strongly indicated that these characters could live on. Check it out...

Earlier today, Netflix finally pulled the plug on The Punisher and Jessica Jones meaning they joined the "cancelled" pile alongside Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders (despite it later being billed as a "one-off"). 

Now, Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb has shed some light on both his feelings about the way things have played out and the possible future of these characters. It sounds like he remains optimistic about bringing them back in some form but just how realistic a proposition that is remains to be seen, especially as we've heard conflicting reports about Netflix exclusivity and the like.

It's feasible their stories could continue in comic book form (which actually has a lot of potential) or thanks to cameo appearances in other Marvel shows...well, those that are left!

However, with Disney+ all about Marvel Studios produced shows set firmly in the same world as the movies, we know that the chances of seeing the Man Without Fear and company there is extremely slim. 

Here's the open letter from Loeb (posted on Marvel's website shortly after the cancellation news) in full. Once you've read it, share your thoughts in the usual place.


It had never been done before.
 
Four separate television series, each with different super-talented showrunners, writers, directors, cast and crew, coming out months apart and then...
 
...they would meet in a single event series all set in the heart of New York City.
 
We called them The Defenders. 
 
And together we were thrilled by stories of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and even the Punisher joined in!
 
They said it couldn't be done.
 
But Marvel assembled amazing teams to write, produce, direct, edit, and score 13 seasons and 161 one-hour episodes.
 
Take a moment and go online and look at the dazzling list of actors, writers, directors, and musicians who graced us with the very best of their craft.
 
We loved each and every minute of it.
 
And we did it all for you -- the fans -- who cheered for us around the world and made all the hard work worth it. 
 
So, Thank You!
 
On behalf of everyone at Marvel Television, we couldn't be more proud or more grateful to our audience.
 
Our Network partner may have decided they no longer want to continue telling the tales of these great characters... but you know Marvel better than that.
 
As Matthew Murdock's Dad once said, "The measure of a man is not how he gets knocked to the mat, it's how he gets back up."
 
To be continued...!
 
- Jeph Loeb and all of us at Marvel Television
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