At Comic-Con Marvel Television chief Jeph Loeb was asked why The Defenders would have a shorter run of just 8 episodes rather than the 13 eps of the other series like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist?
But he denied it had anything to do with the production expense saying it was all to do with what was suitable for the narrative:
“No it had nothing to do with cost, it was always eight [episodes]. It had to do with what was the best way to tell the story. Our feeling was it broke really nicely… when you have that many characters you want to be able to service them, but you also don’t want to overload the audience and you want to be able to tell a story that’s compelling and will go along. Look if you finish the eight and wish it was thirteen, good on us.”
He also confirmed they don’t yet have any plans for a second season.
The second seasons of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage are now in production with a third season of Daredevil and a second of Iron Fist are headed into production in coming months.
Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones and Sigourney Weaver star in The Defenders premieres on Netflix on August 18th.
Source: Dark Horizons