Back in 2013, Marvel Studios and Netflix signed an unprecedented deal that would bring five Marvel miniseries to the major streaming service, allowing viewers from everywhere to enjoy Marvel's content. Rapid growth in the popularity of the DC TV series is what pushed Marvel Studios to finally pursue those plans, giving us Daredevil in April of 2015. The series made a huge impact on CW and their Arrowverse, and from Daredevil's popularity, we now have a total of 5 Marvel series, with a sixth on the way.
After already expanding their contract with #Marvel Studios to get a second season of #Daredevil, the widespread popularity of Jon Bernthal's portrayal of Frank Castle led Netflix to once again renew the contract. But a short while back, Disney announced their departure from #Netflix, meaning that all Star Wars, Marvel, and Disney films would be removed from the streaming service. However, will have no effect on the Defenders series as they were part of a contract with Marvel Studios, and not Disney themselves.
With that being said, Netflix and ABC Studios will continue to produce Marvel shows, but mainly more seasons of the shows that fans are already familiar with. Marvel TV head, Jeph Loeb, announced that The Defenders would mark the end of phase one of the Netflix/Marvel series, kickstarting phase two. As of now, we know that phase two will indeed include:
- Jessica Jones (Season 2)
- Daredevil (Season 3)
- Luke Cage (Season 2)
- Iron Fist (Season 2)
- The Punisher (Season 1)
So far, there has been no confirmation of a second season of The Defenders. As eagle-eyed fans might have noticed, the first phase contained a total of six seasons, but phase two currently only has five. This could mean a sixth is needed to fill the hole. Could this gap be filled with a new Netflix/Marvel series? If so, there are plenty of potential TV series that Marvel fans would be eager to see.
Patricia Walker played a big part in Jessica Jones, and recently reprised her role in The Defenders, but we have yet to see her alter ego from the comics, Hellcat. For those of you who don't know, Hellcat has been a comic book fan icon for almost 80 years now. In fact, her first appearance in Marvel Comics was in 1944 before many Marvel heroes such as Iron Man, Spider-Man, or the Hulk came about.
Not only do we want to see this iconic character come to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the character has enough backstory to warrant her own show. The Netflix series have done a pretty well job of setting up a potential Hellcat spin-off, as Patricia Walker is always portrayed as fascinated and jealous of #JessicaJones abilities. Now that she has seen Jessica Jones come to the spotlight with other 'heroes,' she might want to take on a vigilante role of her own. Plus, we have seen Patricia is more than capable of taking care of herself with her fighting abilities, as seen in Jessica Jones. She would also make a nice addition to the newly founded Defender family.
2. Heroes For Hire
The Defenders did an amazing job at building a relationship for Marvel's most epic duo, #LukeCage and #IronFist. The hilarious relationship between the two could lead to some awesome adventures, that could take place outside of The Defenders. After all, the history between the two iconic characters goes all the way back to the early 70s!
Watching the pair constantly fighting over which one of the two are better and trying to outwit each other in every way possible is something everyone would like to see more of. This doesn't seem likely right now, though; both Luke Cage and Iron Fist have upcoming seasons of their own that they are currently filming. Sadly, we might have to wait until phase three of the Netflix side of the MCU to get to see this epic team-up!
3. Daughters Of The Dragon
While it hasn't been confirmed, this series will most likely happen. The last episode of #TheDefenders was obviously putting the "Daughters Of The Dragon" storyline into play. It started when Colleen Wing's old master, Bakuto, chopped off Misty Knight's arm, and left Colleen Wing feeling responsible because Misty was trying to save both her and Claire Temple when she lost the limb. At the very end of the episode, we saw the two bond at a hospital which Danny Rand owned.
Colleen told Misty Knight that they could do "Incredible things" at the hospital, hinting at the famous bionic arm Misty recieved in the comics. Misty and Colleen have a great potential dynamic due to their similarities; they are both very capable of handling themselves and they were both thrown to the sideline by the men in their life. Bringing them together would prove once and for all that the pair can handle their own, as strong independent women, without the advantage of superpowers. Another hint this show could be coming our way came in Iron Fist when Colleen Wing told the ring announcer to call her the "Daughter Of The Dragon."
From reading the title it may sound crazy, but it's not as implausible as you think. In fact, Netflix has been throwing multiple hints about White Tiger's potential arrival. For example, in Jessica Jones, Luke Cage needed help finding a friend and tried hiring Jessica, but she denied his request and suggested that he should talk to Angela Del Toro, who, in the comics, was the first White Tiger. Last year, rumors spread that Netflix was considering a White Tiger TV series, but so far, nothing has been confirmed.
A theory made by fans suggests that Rosario Dawson's character, Claire Temple, is being built up to become the White Tiger. Considering The Defenders didn't her off, it could be possible. But the chances of Netflix making two shows about a woman dressed as a cat, seems unlikely.
The Punisher is available to stream on Netflix later this year!